Winter break a good time for students to work on Wisconsin Idea Fellowship applications

The following message was recently sent by Xai Xiong, communications specialist with the Morgridge Center for Public Service:

The Wisconsin Idea Fellowship (WIF) proposal deadline is only a couple months away.

This is a great opportunity to share with any undergraduates (sophomore standing or higher) who may be interested in receiving funding and academic credit for designing a local or global project that works on a community-identified priority. Please pass this information along to them before the whirlwind of last classes, finals, and holiday planning, as winter break is a great time to work on this grant proposal. They will need plenty of time to secure a faculty/instructional staff mentor as well as a community partner (see for full details) in order for their proposal to be competitive.

Please also let them know that if they would like their proposal reviewed before the final deadline, it must be submitted by the early review deadline of January 25th, 2019.  Our graduate mentor will return it with comments/feedback within a week so they can revise and resubmit by our final deadline of February 8th, 2019 at 5pm. This step has been very helpful to grant writers, especially if it is the first time they’ve written a grant!

If students have any questions about their proposal idea, or about the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship in general, our graduate mentor, Hannah Stephens, is available to meet in person or via email now or during winter break. Please contact Hannah at

The WIF Handout 2018 has specific information regarding financial support, past project examples, project funds and more.