SNF Agora Student Grant Program

About the Student Grant Program

The SNF Agora Institute awards grants to Johns Hopkins University students and student organizations whose work is complementary to the institute’s mission of strengthening global democracy through civic engagement and inclusive dialogue. The institute will award up to $1,000 per selected applicant so that students can pursue research projects, unpaid internships, and group projects, as well as host programming and travel to academic events. SNF Agora will award up to $5,000 total in student grants for the spring 2022 semester.

SNF Agora will accept applications for the grant program twice a year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. Selected applicants will receive the grant funding the following semester. The SNF Agora Institute reserves the right not to award all of the semester’s grant money, dependent upon quality and number of applications.

Use of Grant Funds

Examples of acceptable uses of grant funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Operational costs (such as room rentals, catering costs, A/V fees, etc.) for recognized student groups to host on-campus events
  • Travel expenses for speakers to come to campus for student facing events and programs
  • Travel to attend conferences, workshops, and other events that are academic in nature and align with the institute’s mission
  • Research projects that are relevant to SNF Agora’s mission and work
  • Unpaid internships (during the fall and spring semesters) that relate to the mission of the institute

Examples of unacceptable uses of grant funds include:

  • Projects required for a course or academic curriculum such as a dissertation or thesis
  • Operating budget for Johns Hopkins University recognized student groups
  • Speaker fees for events and programs


We will be accepting applications for spring 2022 grants from October 29 through November 14. 

Applicants should email their written proposals to All proposals should be submitted as a PDF document and the narrative portion should not exceed 500 words.

Questions regarding grants or the grant application process should be submitted to


Applicants should submit a grant proposal that includes the following:

  • A brief description of the project, event, internship, research, or travel
  • How the proposed use of funds will support the mission of the SNF Agora Institute
  • How the proposed use of funds will support the applicant’s personal, recognized student organization, professional, and/or academic development
  • Goals and expected outcome
  • An itemized budget and total requested funding

For a research award, please also include:

  • The research project timeline
  • How the research findings will be used and distributed
  • The name, title, and contact information of the faculty adviser associated with the research project

For group projects, please also include:

  • Name and JHU affiliation of project team leaders and team members
  • Project timeline
  • The name, title, and contact information of the faculty adviser associated with the project

For travel awards, please also include:

  • List of Johns Hopkins University students who will be traveling
  • Name of the affiliated JHU recognized student group (when applicable)
  • General travel information such as destination, timing, and reasons for travel
  • The name, title, and contact information of the involved faculty mentor/adviser

For unpaid internship awards, please also include:

  • Written confirmation from your employer confirming the status of your internship with projected hours and role

Grant Requirements

Selected applicants will be required to:

  • Student organizations applying for this grant must be recognized by Student Leadership and Involvement. If your organization is not recognized, please contact to inquire about that process.
  • Schedule an initial consultation with the SNF Agora Institute to review budget and implementation plan.
  • Submit a final report within 14 days of the completion of the event, project, or activity. Photo and/or audio/video records are encouraged but not required.
  • Acknowledge the SNF Agora Institute on all relevant materials relating to the project, event, etc.
  • Submit brief monthly status reports until the project, internship, event, research, etc. is finished.
  • For travel awards, applicants will be required to sign a student consent form, agreeing to comply with all state and university policies while off-campus.

 Selection Process

Grant applications will be reviewed by institute staff and the SNF Agora Student Engagement Board, which is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from Johns Hopkins University. Select applicants will be invited to interview.