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Remote Innovation Grants

The Student Engagement Network announces a new funding opportunity for students that supports the breadth of student engagement experiences in the spirit of virtual/online learning. Undergraduate students across the commonwealth are encouraged to apply for the new Remote Innovation Grants that will support virtual/online engagement opportunities this summer. All experiences and opportunities must follow Federal, State, and University policies as well as Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on physical distancing, and should include plans to improve personal growth, professional readiness, and/or social connection/impact.

Students who apply and receive funding will receive $2000 to complete their experience over the summer and will participate in the SEN Online Canvas course (free, non-credit bearing) centered on the student engagement journey. Each student will be assigned a Penn State faculty or staff engagement coach to help students complete their virtual/remote experience. All experiences must be completed on or before August 14, 2020.

The SEN encourages applicants to be innovative and consider how their engagement experience will create personal and/or community impact. Funding can be applied toward any of the following engagement types/experience, including:

  • Undergraduate research
  • Professional experiences
  • Community-based learning
  • Creative accomplishments
  • Study Away/Study Abroad
  • Courses with out-of-class component
  • Organizational experiences
  • Peer mentoring
  • Self-directed student engagement
  • Volunteerism
  • Employment Experiences


  1. Applicants are required to follow all Federal, State, University, and CDC safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and physical distancing during the experience.
  2. Applicants will be required to provide a budget explaining specific use of funding using the budget template provided in the application process.
  3. Grant awardees will be assigned a ‘Penn State’ engagement supervisor/coach upon funding and will receive specific instructions after the awarding period.
  4. Grant awardees will be required to complete the free Student Engagement module on Canvas to receiving their full funding, which includes completion of a pre- and post-experience survey, assignments, reflection journals, check-in meetings, and POSTER assignment.
  5. Grant awardees are expected to present their poster at the Student Engagement EXPO in November (at University Park), or at a equivalent regional or remote EXPO experience within one academic year of experience completion.

The Summer 2020 SEN Remote Innovation Grant Timeline

  • April 20th – Application Opens
  • May 3rd – Application Closes
  • May 7-12 – Award Decision Notification
  • Award winners will receive further instructions