The Tisch Fund for Academic Year 2015-2016 is now CLOSED and no further applications will be accepted.


The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests from Tufts University students for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship.

Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work. Projects must take place during the academic year. Priority will be given to work in communities beyond the internal campus. Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding, and groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Groups including students from different Tufts schools or professional degree programs are eligible for up to $1,500 in funding. Applications are rolling and will be accepted until all funds have been dispersed.

We especially seek proposals that include:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Include adequate training/orientation/preparation for participants
  • Address a community-identified need
  • Include a clear connection to active citizenship

Preparing a strong application

Tisch College places particular emphasis on supporting programs or events which:

  • Expand Tufts students’ interests around civic issues
  • Combine your curricular and/or co-curricular interest with civic engagement
  • Further the Tisch College mission of developing student capabilities to:
    • Think critically
    • Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities
    • Communicate powerfully
    • Collaborate effectively
    • Understand their own values, motivations, and passions

Funding details

  • The Tisch Fund only considers projects that take place during the academic year. Projects that have a beginning or end date outside of when classes occur will not be awarded funding.
  • If you’d like support for promoting your event without receiving funding, please see our event promotion guide.
  • The Tisch Fund does not cover stipends or gifts for Tufts University students.
  • Tisch College may consider funding conference attendance only if there is a plan to engage the community with an event, program, or project post-conference.  You will be asked to complete an application to provide detailed information about the proposed project.
  • The Tisch Fund will distribute funds via an internal Tufts transfer (for official Tufts student groups or those with costs associated within a department) or a check direct to a Tufts student.

Requirements for accepted proposals

  • Funded students or student groups are required to put a Tisch College logo on any promotional materials and follow Tufts’ visual identity guidelines.
    Funded students must send their flyer to Alberto Medina, Communications Specialist ( to be approved prior to the event/program, and must mention Tisch College at their event. If students fail to do so, the student or student organization will not be eligible to receive funding from Tisch College in the following year.
  • Tisch College requires that funded students submit a copy of any attendance lists (including names and emails of attendees) to
  • Tisch College requires the submission of a narrative (1000 words) that summarizes the outcome and impact of the event on the greater Tufts community.  This narrative must be submitted to Maggie McMorrow,, within two weeks of completing the event/project/program.

Funding for student activities which address issues of race and discrimination

Events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work Tisch College will reserve funds specifically for these projects, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to individuals and groups of students working to have an impact on these issues.

Students who are awarded funding also receive feedback, advising resources, and opportunities to present their work. The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How to apply

The Tisch Fund for Academic Year 2015-2016 is now CLOSED and no further applications will be accepted.

For more information

If you have questions about the application process or a pending proposal, contact Maggie McMorrow, Program Associate, at

Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, TUSM CSL Coordinator, at

Dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM CSL Coordinator, at