For Sophomores Only: The Chappell Lougee Scholarship

The Chappell Lougee Scholarship provides funding for full-time immersive projects in the humanities, creative arts, and qualitative social sciences during the summer after your sophomore year.

Students have used the Chappell Lougee Scholarship to write a script, design costumes for a play, translate Greek literature, take photographs in Norway, collect oral histories of immigrants, make a film, track the resurgence of local farm movements, examine being black in Paris, choreograph a dance installation, study the history of radio in India, investigate homelessness in the Bay Area, write a graphic novel about Katrina-displaced Vietnamese in Texas, and much more!

Sophomores of all majors are eligible to apply, so long as the project itself is in the field of the humanities, creative arts, or qualitative social sciences. Some students use the Chappell Lougee as preparation for a future honors thesis, while others seize the opportunity to step outside the bounds of their major. Recipients become members of a scholarly mentoring community. This includes special events, preparing for a capstone project or honors, fellowships and graduate school advising.

Information Sessions and Handouts

Most info sessions are held in the spring quarter and aimed at first-year students, in order to give them plenty of time to prepare. Although the December deadline may feel far away, developing a strong proposal will take a significant amount of time, many conversations with your faculty mentor, and an extensive cycle of reading and writing.

We hosted two info sessions via Zoom during Spring 2020: Thursday May 21 4-5 pm, and Friday May 22 3-4 pm. If you were unable to attend but would like further information and updates about the Chappell Lougee Scholarship, check out the handouts linked below and contact your local AAD for more info on the Chappell Lougee! You can also sign up for our mailing list here if you'd like to be sent further information and updates about the Chappell Lougee Scholars program.

Quick Facts about the Chappell Lougee
Guide to writing a Chappell Lougee grant proposal

Getting Started

If you have a project in mind that may fit the Chappell Lougee, the first two steps are to talk to your Academic Advising Director about your ideas, and to brainstorm ways of reaching out to potential faculty members who might mentor your project. Although you apply in fall of sophomore year, such conversations may begin in the first year, or during the summer between your first and sophomore year. You can use the summer before sophomore year to do additional background reading on your topic and strengthen your proposal.

We offer more advice on developing a project here. You may also want to read past grant proposals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to help you get started.


  • Expect a due date around December 1. Updated deadlines for each academic year will be posted at this link, usually by September.
  • Read through the Go Apply site for more detailed information on the application materials you will need to assemble. We encourage you to get moving on the application as soon as you return to school in the fall.
  • Applications go through the VPUE Grant Review process, which your Academic Advising Director can help you navigate.
Visit the Grant Application Portal to begin your application

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