Info on SAAB grant opportunities from current SAAB rep Tobias Varntoft
Hello fellow ENVS majors,
Here is just a quick reminder that I’m representing our program this semester on the Student Academic Affairs Board and that applying for SAAB grants can do a lot for you!
What is SAAB?
Maybe you already know. But in case you don’t, SAAB is a student-run board, made up of several elected officials and a student representative from each department (that’s me).
SAAB has the ability to award grants based on the merit of these projects, potentially covering 100% of your costs if you have a cool idea and do the right paperwork. Think conferences, thesis research, visiting speakers, other creative ideas that have something to do with your studies, etc. This is literally available money to do things that you care about. It seems to me that not a lot of people know about SAAB, which leaves us with even more free money to give you to do things you care about.
ENVS students here at LC have so many great ideas to help tackle some of the looming problems that the world faces. One way to turn these ideas into a reality is through SAAB grants. And these ideas don’t have to involve large-scale solutions to huge problems, such as how to completely stop all plastic pollution; it could simply involve wanting to learn more on the subject of ocean pollution by attending an academic conference. For example, the annual AESS Meeting is occurring this summer in Florida and now would be a perfect time to start applying for grants in order to have the ability to simply attend the conference or present research from one of your ENVS courses. SAAB funded several grants last semester to allow for students in other departments to attend conferences on topics in their field, so ENVS students should be no different!
If you have any academic ideas that you would like to try to turn into a reality, please shoot me an email and we can begin to look into the possibility of applying for a grant!
How do you submit a grant?
If you want to submit a grant DO IT early in the academic year or at the beginning of spring semester because at this point in the year we have the most money, and requests are more likely to be funded.
In order to submit a grant, you will need to get in touch with two SAAB representatives (they don’t have to be me, but one of them can be) at least two weeks before you plan to submit your proposal (a list of SAAB reps can be found on our website).
There are different applications for different categories of grants (Research, Arts & Expression, Conferences, etc.) In‐depth instructions for each type of application can be found here. For more general information, visit SAAB’s website…it’s all there!
When should you submit a grant?
Besides “DO IT NOW,” here are some timeline details for submitting grants:
- All Arts & Expression grants are due on the first and third Monday each month and will be heard within the next two weeks.
- All Research grants are also due on the first and third Monday each month and will be heard within the next two weeks.
- All Visiting Scholar grants and Conference grants are heard weekly. These grant proposals are due by 4 pm on Monday and will be heard within the next two weeks.
- All Programs & Conferences grant are heard weekly. These grant proposals are due by 4pm on Mondays and will be heard within the next two weeks.
- All Social Impacts grant are heard weekly. These grant proposals are due by 4 pm on Mondays and will be heard within two weeks. They are administrated by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Board.
What else can I help you with besides grants? (IMPORTANT)
Technically, being the SAAB rep makes me the student liaison between the ENVS program and the student body. I am supposed to be representing all of our interests, as ENVS students, to the faculty and relevant administration. So if you have anything going on that you feel like is relevant to your experience as a member of our program, and want your voice to be heard, please come talk to me.
Where can you find me?
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I really hope you take advantage of this stuff. We have the resources to give you (and those coming after you) a better experience in a program that you care about.
All the best,
Tobias Scheele Sunding Varntoft, Fall 2020