The Wisconsin Idea is the driving mission to ensure that the education and research at UW-Madison is used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders.
Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working towards solving a challenge identified along with local or global community partner. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member.
Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. Student recipients are also invited to present their work at the Undergraduate Symposium in the spring semester.
On average, 5 – 10 fellowships are awarded every year. Two special fellowships each year are specifically dedicated to social entrepreneurship as well as the opportunity gap in Madison.
Please consider applying for your own Wisconsin Idea Fellowship grant by the priority deadline, 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, or by our final deadline, 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 9.
Email Hannah Stephens, WIF/WWB Graduate Mentor with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a humanities undergraduate scholar looking to focus your community engagement on Dane County, and you don’t have a faculty advisor? Consider the Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U) at the Center for the Humanities. HEX-U provides training in community partnership, mentoring during the design and implementation of your project, and funding the form of a $600 stipend and up to $2,000 in project expenses.
For humanities graduate students, the Center for the Humanities hosts the Public Humanities Exchange (HEX) with similar funding and support.
The Wisconsin Idea Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship is generously supported by American Family Insurance.
The Michael Thornton and Nora Medina Social Innovation Award proudly supports projects targeting the opportunity gap in Madison.