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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.

Read about past recipients' experiences here.

The Hawkeye Experience Grant Application for Summer 2023 opens on January 17, 2023 in the Iowa scholarship Portal

Students may apply for up to $4,000 to help defray the cost of a summer experience.  See student and site eligibility below. 

Deadlines for applications: 3rd Wednesday in March (March 15, 2023)  and 3rd Wednesday in April (April 19, 2023) .  The application review committee will inform applicants of their decision within 2-3 weeks after each deadline. If an applicant applies for the first deadline and is not awarded funds, their application will be rolled over and considered again for the second deadline.

Amount available for Summer 2023: $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 38 credit hours by time of application
  • 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, email explaining your need for an exception)

  • International students are eligible. For experiences in the United States, work authorization and CPT must be submitted to ISSS, and approval must be granted before funds can be released.
  • 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 for a stipend below minimum wage
  • 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. 
  • Programs for a minimum of 8 weeks will be prioritized; internships that are less than 8 weeks may be granted funds at a pro-rated total 
  • 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 paid below minimum wage
  • 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
  • Cannot be receiving funds concurrently from ICRU, IBA, or other research program
  • 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.

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


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.

    • A site confirmation form signed by your supervisor, mentor, or coordinator.  It is required that you use this form (Downloadable file to be added soon) 
    • A 1-2 page resume or CV
    • 4 Short-answer questions (typically 200 words maximum) (answers will be copy/pasted into Scholarship Portal):
      • Describe the experience and what you will be learning.
      • How or why are you prepared to be successful in this experience?
      • How does this experience support your career goals?
      • How will this funding support you to participate in this experience?  What financial obstacles have you had to overcome?
    • A budget. It is required that you use the Hawkeye Experience Grant budget form (Downloadable files to be added soon)

    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.  Applicants may also attend help sessions and/or ask questions of the coordinator  (

    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, tuition for courses not required for the experience, etc.

    Use the Hawkeye Experience Grant budget sheet  to help you calculate your costs (files to be added soon).

    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
    • Connection between the experience and the student’s career goals
    • Financial need
    • 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

    Applicants will be informed of funding decisions 2 to 3 weeks after the deadline.  Funds should not be expected until early May.   

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

    • Sign a fund acceptance form and submit it to the scholarship coordinator
    • 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 (Hawkeye Experience Grant CCP:1018). Through this course you will complete check-ins, an evaluation, and share about your experience. 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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