Applications Begin January 18 on the Scholarship Portal


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The Hawkeye Experience Grant awards stipends in variable amounts for undergraduate students at the University of Iowa who are involved in applied learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The Hawkeye Experience Grant Application for Summer 2022 opens on January 18, 2022 in the Iowa scholarship Portal

Recorded Info -Session

Review deadlines for Summer 2022 applications: March 16th, April 15th, and May 11th by 11:59 p.m.  The application review committee will inform applicants of their decision within 2-3 weeks after each deadline. If an applicant applies and is not awarded, their application will be rolled over and considered again in the next deadline.

Amount available for Summer 2022: $50,000 total in variable amounts up to $4,000 per grant

Questions?  Contact Jennifer Noyce, Associate Director of Experiential Education at

Student Eligibility

  • Student must be a full-time, degree seeking undergraduate student at the UI for one semester prior to the experience and enrolled for the semester following the experience**
  • Student must have completed at least 50 credits before the start of the experience 
  • Must have a UI GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Student must be in good academic and judicial standing (UI code of student life)
  • No outstanding tuition or fees  (If you need an exception to this qualification, submit a formal letter to documenting the need for an exception)

  • International students are eligible. For experiences in the United States, work authorization and CPT must be submitted to ISSS.
  • Prior recipients are not eligible

**Exceptions will be made for students participating in a required experience for graduation that has time restrictions (ex. Social Work practicums)

Experience Eligibility Requirements

  • Internship (or practicum, co-op, field experience) is unpaid or underpaid
  • Internship is located in the United States
  • Internship is at a non-profit or in government
  • 20-40 hours of work per week for 8-12 weeks
  • Supervised by a professional in the field
  • Remote/virtual internships are acceptable
  • Internships via programs (ex. The Washington Center) are not currently eligible

**Government includes city, county, state, or federal offices as well as working in an elected official's office.

**Non-profit includes 501 (c) 3 organizations (generally charitable organizations) and does not include political campaigning or lobbying.

Contact for site eligibility questions.

Internships Abroad
  • Only internships abroad through programs administered by the University of Iowa’s Office of Study Abroad are eligible. Current programs include: IES, SIT, CEA, USAC, TEAN, and CIEE
  • Program must be for minimum of 8 weeks
  • 20-40 hours of work per week at the internship site
  • Internship is unpaid
  • Supervised by a professional in the field
  • Virtual/remote internships acceptable
Research/Creative Scholarship
  • Research/Creative Scholarship is unpaid or underpaid
  • Research/Creative Scholarship is located in the United States
  • Research/Creative Scholarship is at a non-profit public or private organization
  • 20-40 hours of work per week for 8-12 weeks
  • Supervised by a professional in the field with a PhD and/or MFA
  • Remote/virtual research/creative work is acceptable
  • Summer 2022 ICRU Fellows are not eligible (cannot receive funds concurrently)
  • Students from Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply
Community Engagement or Service-Learning 
  • Community Engagement or Service-Learning is unpaid
  • Site is located in the United States
  • Site is at a non-profit or government**
  • 15-40 hours of work per week for 8-12 weeks
  • Site or duties must be connected to prior academic content (ex. International Studies student could be volunteering at an organization serving refugees; informatics student could be analyzing data; a student could be completing a project from a Community Engaged Course from the spring)
  • Duties meet a need of the site, support their mission and are mutually agreed upon by the student and site supervisor
  • Supervised by a professional at the site
  • Remote/Virtual service is acceptable
  • Students with prior enrollment in “Introduction to Leadership” or “Career Leadership Academy Part 1” or who plan to enroll in an independent study for their community engagement or service-learning are especially encouraged to apply.

**Government includes city, county, state, or federal offices.


The University of Iowa provides funding support for the Hawkeye Experience Grant. Selection of a student for an experience is made by the respective internship employer, researcher, program abroad, or service site. In addition, the University’s selection of candidates for funding support through the Hawkeye Experience Grant is independent of any management decisions by the respective site. The Hawkeye Experience Grant committee may consult with other UI programs to verify funding in order to maximize the number of students who receive funding.

We encourage students to reach out to Pomerantz Career Center staff to explore the eligibility of their experience. Email Jennifer Noyce and with any questions.

    • An official offer or agreement letter & job description from your supervisor, mentor, or coordinator that confirms their name, email address, phone number; start & end date, hours to be worked for internship, research, internship abroad, or service; main job duties or program goals; any remuneration (pay, housing stipend, bus passes, cafeteria food, etc.), scholarships from the organization, or lack thereof.
    • A 1-2 page resume or CV
    • A statement of purpose addressing the reasons for your funding needs, learning goals for the experience, the impact the funds will have on your experience, and the potential impact of the experience on your career. The essay should be as close to the Scholarship Portal's 400 word maximum as possible. 
    • A potential budget (pdf, docx)

    We encourage applicants to have resumes/CVs reviewed by Pomerantz Career Center peer advisors, and/or to work with the Writing Center or research mentor to review their essay.

    Hawkeye Experience Grants can cover costs associated with participating in an unpaid/underpaid experience.

    • Living Expenses associated with the experience (including Food, Rent, Utilities, Commute)
    • Internet if the experience is remote
    • Art, research, basic technology, or service supplies associated with mentored research/creative scholarship or community-engaged project
    • Program fees
    • Tuition for study abroad required course
    • Travel costs to/from site or study abroad program
    • 1 pant/dress suit or other professional outfit suitable for your field
    • Not Included: typical reoccurring costs of living not necessarily associated with the experience including but not limited to car payments, car insurance, entertainment, health insurance, paying off credit card or loan debt, etc.

    Check out the budget sheet (pdf, docx) to help you calculate your costs.

    The selection committee reviews applications for merit and need in a holistic review process. Categories the committee may consider during the review include:

    • Preparation for the experience
    • Maturity
    • Financial need
    • Writing quality of the essay
    • Connection between the experience and the student’s career goals
    • Quality of the experience
    • Ability to represent UI well with off-site partners
    • Whether the student is in a population or major that historically has lower participation in the experiential learning opportunities listed above

    The review committee has two weeks to assess and deliberate after each application deadline  (March 16th, April 15th, and May 11th).  Early deadlines should not expect funds until May and the May applicants should not expect funds until early June.   

    If you apply with an unconfirmed site, you may be awarded the grant but no funds will be released until sites are confirmed.

    • Attend a Zoom orientation with the Pomerantz Career Center prior to beginning your experience
    • Enroll in a free, 0-credit Pomerantz Career Center course for the scholarship during the experience (course name and number to be announced in Spring 2022). Through this course you will complete check-ins, an evaluation, and share about your experience via presentation. You may contact scholarship staff ( if you need to discuss credit-bearing options.
    • Internships via the office of Study Abroad are also required to be enrolled in a Study Abroad course (ABRD:3252, ABRD:3812, ABRD:3026, ABRD:3031, ABRD:3074, ABRD:3089, ABRD:3090, ABRD:3277, ABRD:3341, ABRD:3603, ABRD:3046, ABRD:3413, ABRD:3713, ABRD:3833, ABRD:3414, ABRD:3412, ABRD:3044, ABRD:3449, ABRD:3901, ABRD:3423, ABRD:3430, ABRD:3075, ABRD:3728, ABRD:3754, ABRD:4515, ABRD:4530, ABRD:4525, ABRD:4535, or ABRD:4540). Research/Creative Scholarship is also required to be enrolled in URES:3996. Community Engagement/Service-Learning or Internships are not required to be enrolled in a second course.


    Note: Grants can have implications for financial aid packages and taxes. Please discuss concerns with the Office of Financial Aid and ask tax questions of your accountant or the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.


    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Iowa programs. If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation in order to apply, please contact the Pomerantz Career Center, (319) 335-1023.

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