Apply for a UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship – Change Grant


Submit an Application
Application Questions
Criteria for Review and Selection
Preparing a Budget
Project Mentor Recommendation
Letters of Support from Partner Organizations
International Travel


Submit an Application

The Change Grant application will open on August 30, 2021.

Submission Deadlines:

  • September 30, 2021, 11:59pm
  • October 31, 2021, 11:59pm
  • November 30, 2021, 11:59pm
  • January 31, 2022, 11:59pm
  • February 28, 2022, 11:59pm

More information on the program timeline can be found on the main Change Grant program page.


Application Questions

The application outlines below list all the questions you will need to answer and the information you will need to provide in the online application. Please note there are separate application outlines for individual projects and group projects.

    We recommend you initiate your application in the online application system and request your mentor complete the online recommendation form well before your target submission deadline. For projects that require a letter of support, that request should also be initiated in the online system well ahead of your target submission deadline.

    The final question on the application will ask you to certify that you have prepared your application materials in accordance with University standards for academic integrity. Learn more about academic integrity.

    If you have questions about Change Grant or the application process, schedule an appointment with program coordinator Melissa Berkey or contact her through email at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu.

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    Criteria for Review and Selection

    The Change Grant review committee uses the UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship – Change Grant Scoring Rubric (coming soon) to assess proposed projects. Applicants are encouraged to review the rubric as they draft and revise their application materials to ensure that they meet the criteria associated with strong proposals.

    All projects are reviewed based on the following criteria:

    • The proposed research endeavor, service initiative, social innovation, or creative project encompasses the core values of public engagement, innovation, and social impact
    • The applicant demonstrates an understanding of the problem, issue, or need that the project addresses and the potential of their proposed project to make a positive impact on that problem, issue, or need
    • A realistic and feasible plan for carrying out the proposed project is clearly articulated
    • The impact and significance of the proposed work is articulated in compelling, but realistic, terms
    • The project is a new initiative, or an expansion or enhancement of an existing initiative
    • The applicant has/applicants have the necessary background knowledge and/or experience to successfully execute the project
    • There is a clear connection between the project work and the applicants’ academic, professional, or personal goals and aspirations
    • The budget is feasible and demonstrates understanding of the necessary expenses associated with the proposed work

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    Preparing a Budget

    The UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship – Change Grants may award up to $2000 for expenses directly associated with approved project work.

    Applicants are required to submit a budget that outlines anticipated project expenses. Start by considering each step of your proposed project, and the supplies, materials, and expenses associated with those steps. Itemize your supplies and materials, to the extent possible, and provide reasonable, economical cost estimates for the materials.

    The Change Grant budget worksheet and  budget tips will assist you with developing your estimated budget.

    There are exclusions and restrictions on the use of Change Grant funding. These include, but are not limited to, normal expenses associated with being a student (tuition, fees, living expenses, personal expenses); personal stipend; hiring or compensating assistants or contractors for external services; and purchase of durable equipment, such as computers, cameras, and microscopes.

    For questions on developing a budget or on allowable project expenses, schedule an appointment with program coordinator Melissa Berkey or contact her through email at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu.

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    Project Mentor Recommendation

    Applicants are required to have a project mentor from the University community (faculty or professional staff). As part of the application process, project mentors need to complete an online recommendation form and mentorship agreement. It is your responsibility to contact potential mentors to discuss your project proposal and their willingness to complete the recommendation form by your target submission deadline.

    Project mentors will be asked to address the following questions in the online recommendation:

    • Describe the length of time and in what context(s) you have known the student(s). For group projects, please address your relationship with each group member.
    • Please outline your familiarity with and knowledge of the proposed research project, service initiative, creative endeavor, or social innovation, and the potential impact of the project.
    • Please provide an assessment of the student’s qualifications and preparation to engage in the proposed project.
    • How do you anticipate the student(s) will benefit from completing this project and/or receiving a Change Grant?
    • Are there aspects of the project that need further development? Do you have any reservations about the proposed project?
    • Does the project require research approvals? If the project requires research approvals (IRB, IACUC), are you able to provide the student(s) with support and assistance with securing approval?

    To assist your mentor with completing the recommendation form, you are encouraged to discuss your proposed project, share your interests in and motivations for pursuing the project, and talk about what you’ve done to prepare to successfully engage in project work. You are encouraged to show application drafts to your recommender for feedback on your proposal.

    Our Information Sheet for Recommenders gives you the information you will need to provide your recommenders after they agree to complete the recommendation form and mentorship agreement.

    You will initiate the recommendation request via the online application system (quest.uconn.edu) by entering your mentor’s name and email address. The online system will send your mentor an email with instructions for completing the online recommendation form and mentorship agreement.

    Complete applications, including the online recommendation form from the project mentor, must be submitted by the submission deadlines in order to be considered for review in following month. For example, in order for the application to be reviewed in October 2021, the complete application will need to be submitted no later than 11:59pm on September 30, 2021.

    Submission Deadlines:

    • September 30, 2021, 11:59pm
    • October 31, 2021, 11:59pm
    • November 30, 2021, 11:59pm
      • Please note, there will be no review in January; applications submitted December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022 will be reviewed in February 2022.
    • January 31, 2022, 11:59pm
    • February 28, 2022, 11:59pm

    We recommend you start your application in the online system and request the recommendation well before the application deadline to give your mentor enough time to complete the recommendation form and mentorship agreement by your target submission deadline.
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    Letters of Support from Partner Organizations

    If your project involves collaborating with an organization outside of UConn, then you will need to request a letter of support from the organization indicating that they are aware of the proposed project and are willing to partner with you on the project.

    You will request letters of support via the online application system by providing the first and last name and email address of your organization contact. Your contact will receive an email from the application system with a link to the site where the letter can be uploaded.

    Alternately, letters of support can be submitted via email to Melissa Berkey at melissa.berkey@uconn.edu.

    Applications will be reviewed monthly starting October 2021 and continuing through March 2022. Complete applications, which may include a letter of support, must be submitted by the submission deadlines below in order to be considered for review in the following month. For example, in order for the application to be reviewed in October 2021, the complete application will need to be submitted via the Quest Portal or through email no later than 11:59pm on September 30, 2021.

    Submission Deadlines:

    • September 30, 2021, 11:59pm
    • October 31, 2021, 11:59pm
    • November 30, 2021, 11:59pm
    • January 31, 2022, 11:59pm
    • February 28, 2022, 11:59pm

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    International Travel

    **For the latest guidance from the University on travel restrictions related to COVID-19,
    please go to https://uconn.edu/public-notification/coronavirus/**

    Students interested in traveling outside the United States as part of their projects must demonstrate that they have made adequate preparations for the logistics and challenges of initiatives abroad. While these preparations can be furthered and finalized as the project progresses, the review committee will look for evidence that applicants have begun researching these matters as part of their assessment of the viability of the project.

    Applicants proposing international travel as part of their Change Grant project will be required to answer additional questions related to their travel plans.  You are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with program coordinator Melissa Berkey and your mentor to discuss your plans.

    Travel Restrictions
    The Change Grant will not support travel to any country with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or Travel Alert except pursuant to a waiver approved by the Provost’s Office.

    For more information on the waiver process, please review the following University travel policies.

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