Student Funding

Students at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.

Brazilians Studying at Grinnell Attend National Convention

“The BRASA Summit serves as a beacon of inspiration and connection for Brazilian students, leaving us with a profound sense of purpose,” summed up attendee Marina Ananias '26.
Three students with their conference badges, each in a red lounge chair in front of a graphic blue wall. Pictured are Mira Manchanda, Filip Matic, and Clayton Burton.

Financial Analyst Competition Leads to Enriching Conference Experience

After taking second place in a regional financial analyst competition, this team of students set their sights on attending a CFA Institute conference in D.C. on Asset and Risk Allocation: Building Resilient Portfolios for the Future.
Four students with the AMEC balloon arch at the conference entrance.

Students Bring Back Lessons, Opportunities for Growth From a Premedical Conference

Planning in advance to give a presentation about their conference experience, four premedical students reflect on what they learned and the takeaways they want to share with their peers.

Learn outside the classroom and expand your knowledge with off-campus, real-world experiences. The Wilson Center supports off-campus professional development opportunities that build leadership and innovation skills for students. Bring the important skills you learn at Grinnell into your life. These professional development opportunities help enhance your life experience — whether in your career and service or in your learning and critical thinking skills — while building your social and professional network.

The Wilson Center is open to sponsoring events, conferences, and other relevant off-campus opportunities that you believe strengthen your innovation and leadership skills, knowledge, and critical-thinking ability. We offer funding for some experiences that make an impact and align with our mission.

Guidance for Proposals

Groups of students are more likely to have a proposal funded when they collaborate with a faculty or staff sponsor to develop an intentional plan to build leadership and innovation skills. The sponsor would facilitate a meeting prior to the event to help students prepare for the conference and find appropriate leadership development opportunities. After the conference, the sponsor will facilitate a discussion to process the lessons from the conference and lead the group in preparing a presentation for relevant campus constituencies. Off-campus events not specifically related to leadership, innovation, or enterprise are strongly encouraged to collaborate with a sponsor.

Conferences or workshops primarily focused on research or experiences in other disciplines are less likely to be funded. Partial funding to build leadership skills via these discipline-specific conferences is possible provided the leadership development is intentional and facilitated by a sponsor.

The Wilson Center does not fund credit-bearing courses. The Wilson Center will support educational programs such as non-credit-bearing courses, online professional development programs, and certificate programs at a maximum of 60%. Such activities that occur during an academic semester are unlikely to be supported. Such requests must clearly indicate how the same learning outcomes cannot be achieved through Grinnell College courses or those available to students through LinkedIn Learning.

See a list of conferences the Wilson Center has funded or that may be of interest to students to foster their leadership and/or innovation skills. 

Submit a Proposal

To be considered for funding, students must submit a well-articulated proposal. While all proposals are considered, there is no guarantee they will be accepted.

Funding for Academic Year 2023–24 is closed.

  • Submit a proposal to fund an off-campus experience (link will reopen in August 2024)
  • Submit a proposal to fund an on-campus experience (link will reopen in August 2024)

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