Student-initiated projects

The International Policy Center (IPC) / Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) offer funding to Ford School undergraduate and graduate students to design and carry out student-initiated projects (SIPs). These projects must have an international affairs/policy focus.

Some examples of recent SIPs include:

  • Presenting research at an international policy conference;
  • Participating in an international affairs/policy simulation;
  • Conducting relevant short-term research or work-studies over break.

Typical awards range from approximately $1,500 for a single student to $6,000 for initiatives involving several Ford School students.

IPC / WDC typically offer two SIP award cycles per academic year (during fall and winter terms).


  • Ford School undergraduate and graduate students.

How to apply

For more information about SIP opportunities, including application requirements and deadlines, please visit this program's M-Compass brochures: $ Ford: Student Initiated Project Award


If you have any questions regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Dan Ellis, Global Engagement Program Manager (