Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

King Creativity at Southwestern

How to Apply

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the 2017-2018 academic year is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. King Scholars will be notified shortly thereafter.

Call for Proposals (PDF)

The Program

The purpose of this program is to give Southwestern students the means and opportunity to explore ideas and interests that fall outside of the usual academic process and curriculum—ideas that may not have a lot to do with a student’s major, that combine interests in more than one area, or are extra-curricular in nature.

Students may work alone, or in collaborative teams.

In the case of the King Grants, “creative” includes artistic work and performances in the obvious sense, but also “creativity” in that students will pursue ideas that no one has looked into before, try developing a device not now available, applying standard techniques from one area to another, etc. The King Creativity Fund is designed not for the projects you are already going to do, or projects you otherwise couldn’t do, but the projects that, without this fund, you wouldn’t do!

Past projects have dealt with AIDS activism, a study of the neurophysiology of the rat brain, a series of oil paintings on the American Goddess, theatre performances, studies of chimp behavior, design and implementation of an inexpensive solar water heater, the Southwestern University Drum Corps, a study of sleep deprivation in students, the development of Indian Cultural Awareness Month, and the use of computer algorithms to design ceramic glazes.

This program encourages creativity and innovation, so don’t be limited by what has been funded in the past. To view the range of ideas that have been supported in the past click here.  


Proposals are usually funded in the range of a few hundred to two thousand dollars, but there is no limit to requests. Remember that the inexpensive idea is as interesting as the expensive one. The amount of funds awarded will depend on the number and quality of proposals submitted. Be prepared to know how you will proceed if the King Creativity Fund is able to provide only part of the funding you apply for.

Selection of the 2017-2018 King Scholars

The King Creativity Fund Selection Committee includes previous King Scholars, interested faculty members, and an administrative advisor. The Committee evaluates proposals on the basis of creative merit, innovation, soundness of proposal, feasibility, and justification of the budget. A sample project rating sheet, used by the selection committee, is included in the “Call for Proposals” document, this is to assist you in the preparation of your proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be students enrolled in good standing at Southwestern University. Proposals with multiple student authors will be accepted. Student members of the selection committee are eligible to submit proposals, but will recuse themselves from discussion of their proposals. The King Creativity Fund requests all students who receive King grants to submit their work for inclusion in the Southwestern University Research and Creative Works Symposium held each spring semester.

Application Deadlines and Final Reports

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the academic year is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. King Scholars will be notified shortly thereafter. Funds must be spent no later than Friday, April 6, 2018.  It is strongly advised that you visit the King Creativity Fund webpage (including the FAQ) before preparing your proposal. Projects may be conducted at any time following the notification of receipt of the award. Participation in the annual King Creativity presentations and banquet is a mandatory part of the program; all King Scholars must present the results of their work at an annual symposium and dinner to be held in the spring on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  King Scholars are required to submit an abstract of their proposed work by Friday, November 10, 2017 and a project summary by Friday, March 9, 2018. All projects must be ready and available for the King Creativity presentations and banquet Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

King Creativity Fund Proposals should be addressed to the King Creativity Selection Committee.  Proposals must be emailed as word documents, with an electronic signature by your sponsor, and emailed to Christine Vasquez at