The King Creativity Fund, annually supports “innovative and visionary projects” of enrolled students, supporting multiple projects every academic year with grant awards ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The purpose of this program is to give Southwestern students the means and opportunity to explore ideas and interests that fall outside of the usual academic process and curriculum—ideas that may not have a lot to do with a student’s major, that combine interests in more than one area, or are extra-curricular in nature. Students may work alone or in collaborative teams.
In the case of the King Grants, “creative” includes artistic work and performances in the obvious sense, but also “creativity” in that students will pursue ideas that no one has looked into before, try developing a device not now available, applying standard techniques from one area to another, etc. The King Creativity program is designed not for the projects you are already going to do, or projects you otherwise couldn’t do, but the projects that, without this fund, you wouldn’t do!
Past projects have dealt with AIDS activism, a study of the neurophysiology of the rat brain, a series of oil paintings on the American Goddess, theatre performances, studies of chimp behavior, design and implementation of an inexpensive solar water heater, the Southwestern University Drum Corps, a study of sleep deprivation in students, the development of Indian Cultural Awareness Month, and the use of computer algorithms to design ceramic glazes.
This program encourages creativity and innovation; so don’t be limited by what has been funded in the past. But take a look to see the range of ideas that have been supported by the program. Click here to view past Participants
Proposals are usually funded in the range of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, but there is no limit to requests. Remember that the inexpensive idea is as interesting as the expensive one. The amount of funds awarded will depend on the number and quality of proposals submitted. Be prepared to know how you will proceed if the King Creativity Fund is able to provide only part of the funding you apply for.
The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2015-2016 academic year is 5:00pm on October 12, 2015. King Scholars must present the results of their work at an annual symposium and dinner to be held in the spring on Monday, April 4, 2016.
For complete details please visit the King Creativity website at King Creativity Website.