Funding Opportunities

The Life Design Lab, Johns Hopkins departments and other companies offer multiple grants, scholarships and ways to fund internships, housing for internships, travel to conferences and other important experiences that can help you learn about potential careers and build skills you need to get hired.

Life Design Lab Summer Internship Grants

The following funding opportunities are available by application to undergraduate students. Deadlines and application links are below. Please read closely, as each program has unique aims and requirements. Group funding for events are not included in this grant. Student groups looking for funding and collaboration should contact a related Life Design Educator.

Fall 2019 Grant Application

Opens: Nov. 26
Closes: Feb. 14, 2020
Amount: Up to $2,500

This grant will help select undergraduate students cover any costs associated with summer internships. This includes funding to cover unpaid internships, housing and living expenses, travel, etc. An application is required, and an internship offer should already have been received. Selected students will be notified in February. While this application closes in spring, all funds are to be used during summer.

Spring 2020 Grant Application

Opens: Feb. 17
Closes: April 24
Amount: Up to $2,500

Through the generosity of alumni Chuck Clarvit, Johns Hopkins University Life Design Lab is able to offer funding to support Homewood students as they explore summer internships. The experience can be in various industries.

SOAR Summer Internship Support

Students who have more financial need may have additional opportunities. Please contact our office at for more information.

Student Group Support

Life Design Lab funding exists to financially support programs or events developed and implemented by JHU student groups that support career preparation of Homewood undergraduate and graduate students. Student groups should work with the relevant Life Design Educator to look into opportunities to collaborate.

All student organizations who wish to be considered for funds must be registered with the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement and listed on Hopkins Groups (501(c)(3) groups under consideration for official student status are eligible to apply). Other sources for group funding include the JHU Alumni Association and Student Leadership and Involvement.

Requests will be reviewed on the following merits

  • Alignment of event’s learning outcomes to NACE Competencies or career preparation (academies)
  • Estimated attendance (number of students/alumni/employers who will be impacted)
  • Significance of the event to student organization’s programming
  • Availability of funding from other sources
  • Event’s visibility on campus

Guidelines and requirements for student group grants

  • Student organizations receiving grants are required to submit an after event report detailing how the learning objectives were met, lessons learned, and plans for improvement. Funds will not be transferred until this program evaluation has been received.
  • Student organizations applying for funds are encouraged to collaborate with other registered student organizations, administrative offices, or academic departments
  • All sponsored events must be registered on Handshake, and they must be open and advertised to all Homewood students. Private parties or exclusive events will not be funded
  • Events that are for recruiting purposes only are not eligible
  • Grants will not fund prizes of any kind, t-shirts, JHU faculty or staff fees, or non-JHU student or group travel. For t-shirts, the group can apply for the Johns Hopkins Credit union t-shirt grant (CUTS).
  • Any equipment or reusable items purchased funds are the property of Johns Hopkins University. Your proposal must include a plan for storage, security, and future use of the purchased equipment and/or reusable items
  • These grants do not directly fund charities or community agencies
  • Funds will not be used to refund/purchase any alcohol or tobacco products
  • Funds will not be used to fund politically affiliated events, activities, or publication
  • Grants cannot be used to fund events retroactively
  • Funds are allocated for and must be used within the current academic year. If funds are not used by the end of the academic year, they are forfeited by the student group and returned to the Life Design Lab.
  • The Life Design Lab reserves the right to amend these program eligibility requirements at their discretion.

Other Internship Funding Opportunities

Goodyear Public Health Service in Baltimore Award

Type: $3,000 stipend for already-secured public health internship in Baltimore
Deadline: spring
Applicants must have already secured a summer public health internship to be considered for the award. An application essay, describing the scope of the internship and its relevance to career development, current academics, and future goals is required.

Robins Internship Grant

Type: $1,525 or $3,500 internship grant
Deadline: intersession (due in fall), summer: (open fall-spring)
Find grant application by searching Handshake jobs for Robins internship.
Through the generosity of alumnus Charles Robins, Johns Hopkins University offers funding for selected students to gain business-related or economic development-related experience through intersession or summer internships in East, Southeast, or South Asia. The experience can be in private industry, or it can be in a government or nonprofit setting as long as the position is focused on business/economic development, finance, accounting, marketing, or management.

Second Decade Society Summer Internship Grants

Type: $3,000 funding for KSAS students
Deadline: March
Thanks to the philanthropy of the Second Decade Society, several grants are available to Hopkins students who take summer internships. Internships must be unpaid or sponsored by a nonprofit. Grant funding is specifically intended to support living and travel expenses incurred by participation in the internship. Internships must be a minimum of 8 weeks.

Steinberg family in the Hut at JHUSteinberg Family Internship Grant

Type: up to $4,000 to support any internship
Deadline: spring
With support from the Hopkins Parents Fund, The Steinberg Family Internship Grant program offers living and travel stipends to Homewood undergraduate applicants who secure unpaid summer internships. Formerly known as the Homewood Parent Grant, the Hopkins Parents Council is honoring the memory of Hopkins Parents Council members Bruce and Irene Steinberg P’20, sons Zach ’20, William and Matthew who perished in a 2017 plane crash, by renaming this merit internship grant program through the summer of 2023. Find grant application by searching Handshake jobs for .Steinberg Family Internship Grant.

Summer Savings Waiver Grant

Type: Summer experience funding for students receiving need-based institutional grant funding
Deadline: April
Open to students receiving need-based institutional grant funding who will participate in an unpaid internship or research opportunity related to their major or career goal for 20 hours per week or more during the summer from Student Financial Services. The maximum Summer Savings Waiver Grant is $2,600. Availability of funding cannot be guaranteed. Decisions will be based on the financial need of the applicant, date of application, and on a review of the student’s description of the opportunity and its relevance to the student’s academic and career objectives.

Weisman Internship Family Grant Program

Type: Funding for international studies majors
Deadline: April (summer/fall internships), December (spring internships)
The Weisman Family Grant Program is funding is designated for students in the International Studies Program participating in internship experiences. Funding for internship-related expenses is awarded based on submitted proposals summarizing a position that the student has already accepted.

Research Funding

Bander Family Fund Award

Deadline: TBA
The Bander Family Fund Award is intended to encourage students to think creatively in defining work that can only be done outside of the classroom. The Bander Fund will award $4,000 to one or two undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) who wish to pursue such an independent project over the summer. The work may be independent research, a creative venture, or an internship directly related to a field of study. KSAS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Seniors are not eligible for this award.

BDP Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Includes: $4,000 stipend for JHU research
Deadline: February
The BDP Summer Undergraduate Research Program will pay students to help offset the expense of staying at JHU over the summer. The program runs for 10 weeks, full-time (40 hours/ week) over the summer from June to mid-August. Students are expected to arrange and pay for their own summer housing. All participating students participants are strongly encouraged to present a poster at the annual Hopkins CARES Symposium and Poster Session. Should you be unable to present at Hopkins CARES, you will be required to present at DREAMS, held annually in April. You are strongly encouraged to present your project at both Hopkins CARES and DREAMS.


Cohort-based Integrated Research Community for Undergraduate Innovation and Trailblazing
Includes: $2,000 to $6,000 in research grants
Deadline: February

CIRCUIT offers Johns Hopkins University students an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research experiences at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD. Students will have the opportunity to build skills and make significant contributions to science in a fun, collaborative environment. More information about the program can be found at

DURA Research Awards

Deadline: spring
The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are designed to promote independent research projects among our exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS). These awards, which range from $500 to $4,500, enable undergraduates in KSAS to pursue original research, work closely with a Hopkins faculty mentor, and advance knowledge for the world. Awardees have an entire year to use the funding. KSAS undergraduates in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences are all eligible for these awards. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. (Seniors are not eligible to apply for these awards.)

Meg Walsh Award

Deadline: December 16, 2019 – Applications and all additional materials are due by 5:00 p.m.
This award provides a graduating senior from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with $32,000 to undertake an independent project of his or her own unique design involving international travel. The award affords the opportunity for a promising Hopkins graduate to focus on an independent project that explores the student’s own interests and abilities, test his or her knowledge and assumptions in a broader international context, and develop leadership skills. Projects may be in any area, including public service, creative or artistic, research—whatever the applicant desires. The project may not, however, include extended study at a foreign university.

PURA (Provost’s Undergraduate Research Award)

Includes: $3,000 research fellowship
Deadline: September
PURA is open to undergraduates from any division working with a mentor in any JHU division, center, or institute. Undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct independent research, design, entrepreneurship, scholarly, and creative projects over the academic year. PURA recipients will present their project at DREAMS campus-wide day celebrating undergraduate projects.

Summer PURA

Includes: $4,000 for summer research
Deadline: February
The Hodson Trust established a generous endowment in 1993 creating the PURA program. As with PURA, Summer PURA is open to all JHU undergraduate students (that will not have graduated prior to the summer program start date). The program offers JHU undergraduate students the opportunity to stay in Baltimore during the summer to start or continue a research, creative, or scholarly project in any division, department, or program related to Johns Hopkins.

Vrendenburg Travel Fund

Includes: Funding for travel and experiential education
Deadline: February
The Vredenburg Travel Fund allows outstanding engineering students at Johns Hopkins the opportunity to apply their engineering, technology, and applied science skills and training in an international setting.

William F. Clinger, Jr. Award

Deadline: spring
$10,000 available to the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in support of undergraduate international research.