The University of Iowa Office of the President and the University of Iowa Student Advancement Network have partnered to create Student Impact Grants, which provide funding for a variety of undergraduate and graduate student activities outside the classroom, such as research, travel, and service projects. Our goal is to enable students to pursue opportunities that might not otherwise be possible without financial assistance.

The President's Office has generously allocated $7,000 per semester to help enhance the UI student experience through these grants. The designated funds will come from the generous philanthropic gifts of alumni and friends who have chosen to provide unrestricted support of the University of Iowa. Grants are awarded twice a year. Applications are accepted for the Summer/Fall semester awards beginning in January and for the Winter/Spring semester awards beginning in September.


Applications will be considered for funding to be used during the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semester based on the timeline below. Students or student organizations wishing to apply should use the student support request form.


  • August 31 – Application opens
  • September 25 – Application deadline (5 p.m.)
  • November 16 – Grant recipients will be notified for funding requests for winter or spring semester of the 2021 academic year
  • December 7 – Signed Grant Recipient Agreement form due
  • January 4 – Award transfers/payments for winter projects
  • January 25 – Award transfers/payments for spring projects
  • May 4 – Winter/Spring grant recipient presentations detailing how the funds were used and how the grant impacted recipient’s Iowa experience. This event is open to the public.

A maximum of $7,000 in total grants will be awarded. Grant amounts will range from $100-$1,000 awards.

  • Applicants must be enrolled full time as a University of Iowa undergraduate or graduate student for the spring 2020 semester and be in good standing as defined in the UI Code of Student Life.
  • Student groups or organizations must be recognized by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership or by a UI department.
  • Program/expense cannot be fully covered by other grants or funding methods.
  • Funding requests must be shown to improve or enhance the student experience.
  • Once a student receives a grant, they are not eligible for another UI Center for Advancement student grant within the next three years.
  • Grants are not renewable.

Members of the UI Student Advancement Network will review all submissions and make a recommendation. A University of Iowa Center for Advancement employee will oversee the scoring and review process. After review, recommendations will be sent to the Office of the President which will make the final decision on all grant awards. Awardees will then be notified of their selection to receive a grant, and payment will be provided by the Office of the President through a transfer to the student's UBill/student organization's account. The UI Office of Student Financial Aid has advised that these grants will not affect other financial aid that a student may receive.

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