For Sophomores Only: The Chappell Lougee Scholarship
The Chappell Lougee Scholarship provides funding for full-time immersive projects in the humanities, creative arts, and qualitative social sciences during the summer after your sophomore year.
Students have used the Chappell Lougee Scholarship to write a script, design costumes for a play, translate Greek literature, take photographs in Norway, collect oral histories of immigrants, make a film, track the resurgence of local farm movements, examine being black in Paris, choreograph a dance installation, study the history of radio in India, investigate homelessness in the Bay Area, write a graphic novel about Katrina-displaced Vietnamese in Texas, and much more!
Sophomores* of all majors are eligible to apply, so long as the project itself is in the field of the humanities, creative arts, or qualitative social sciences. Some students use the Chappell Lougee as preparation for a future honors thesis, while others seize the opportunity to step outside the bounds of their major. Recipients become members of a scholarly mentoring community. This includes special events, preparing for a capstone project or honors, fellowships and graduate school advising.
* For the purposes of the Chappell Lougee, “sophomore” means that you are enrolled in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th full-time quarter at Stanford at the time of application (Dec 1st deadline). If you are a transfer student, you are eligible if you are enrolled in your 1st or 2nd full-time quarter at Stanford by the time of application, AND you have transferred in no more than 60 units, not including AP credit.
Most info sessions are held in the spring quarter and aimed at first-year students, in order to give them plenty of time to prepare. Although the December deadline may feel far away, developing a strong proposal will take a significant amount of time, many conversations with your faculty mentor, and an extensive cycle of reading and writing.
Our most recent info session was on May 5, 2023.
May 5, 2023 Chappell Lougee Info Session (must be logged into your Stanford account)
Info sessions from previous years
**Note that while past info sessions can be helpful to give you an idea of student projects, grant policy, stipend amounts, and special requirements may change from year to year. Please refer to the current academic year's info sessions and handouts for the most up-to-date information.**
- May 13, 2022 info session
- August 12, 2021 info session (closed captioning available)
- May 28, 2021 info session
You must be signed into your Stanford Google Drive account to watch. Note that you can change the video quality (360p or 720p) and toggle closed captioning on or off if available.
Handouts and Mailing List
If you are unable to attend an info session but would like further information and updates about the Chappell Lougee Scholarship, check out the handouts linked below and contact your local Undergraduate Advising Director for more info on the Chappell Lougee! You can also sign up for our mailing list here if you'd like to be sent further information and updates about the Chappell Lougee Scholars program.
If you have a project in mind that may fit the Chappell Lougee, the first two steps are to talk to your Undergraduate Advising Director about your ideas, and to brainstorm ways of reaching out to potential faculty members who might mentor your project. Although you apply in fall of sophomore year, such conversations may begin in the first year, or during the summer between your first and second year. You can use the summer before sophomore year to do additional background reading on your topic and strengthen your proposal. The Undergraduate Research team offers more advice on developing a project here.
We suggest reading through sample grant proposals on the VPUE Undergraduate Research site to help you get started. In addition to past Chappell Lougee grant proposals, the site also features past Major Grant proposals. Both the Chappell Lougee and the Major Grant have similar applications, and so you may find it useful to look at past Major Grant proposals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
- Expect a due date around December 1. Updated deadlines for each academic year will be posted at this link, usually by September.
- Read through the Prepare Your Application page for more detailed information on the application materials you will need to assemble. We encourage you to get moving on the application as soon as you return to school in the fall.
- Visit the Grant Application Portal linked below to begin your application. You can save and revise your responses up until the grant deadline, so we encourage you to start early!
- Applications go through the VPUE Grant Review process, which your Academic Advisor can help you navigate.
- Explore Undergraduate Research Student Grants
- Writing a Project Proposal
- Opportunities for Humanities Students
- How do I pursue an independent project?