To encourage the continued development of an intellectual community around the arts and arts practice at BU and enhance our student-life experience, the BU Arts Initiative offers research grants for graduate and undergraduate research, as well as grants to faculty, students, and staff for projects that directly engage students in the arts. Committees of faculty, staff, and students review all proposals.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2019 Project: October 19, 2018
Fall 2019 Project: March 2019 (date TBD)


These grants are available to faculty, staff and students, and are intended to fund programming that is open to any BU student and 1) engages BU students in the arts and 2) explores the intersection of arts and other academic disciplines. Priority will be given to programs developed and sponsored by more than one of BU’s 17 different colleges/schools. We also expect that projects embrace the university priorities of inclusion and enhancing the student-life experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of the grant information or procedures. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We recommend printing these criteria and reviewing them carefully before submitting your proposal.

  • Projects must be focused on engaging BU students in arts activity or an academic exploration of the arts
  • $2,000 maximum
  • The BU Arts Initiative will not fund more than 50% of a project (i.e. you must have 50% of the funds from elsewhere)
  • Cross-School projects must be funded by both schools (this may be waved for student initiated projects)
  • The program should be open to all BU students and the location and marketing plan should support that
  • The project coordinator is responsible for arranging and managing the event and securing appropriate permissions
  • Statements and contact information from proposed partners must be included
  • The project must be sponsored by a university office or program willing to financially manage the project. The BU Arts Initiative only transfers funds to the sponsoring office. We will not financially manage a grant project
  • A detailed budget of both income and specific expenditures for the entire project must be submitted separately to – proposals without budget submissions will not be considered
  • We will not fund food (receptions, dinners, etc.)
  • Proposals by students for projects required for coursework cannot be considered
  • A post-project report will be required within 30 days of the completion of the project
  • Grantees are expected to track student participation (specific names and BU ID) for reporting

grant application

The BU Arts Initiative offers up to $1000 to registered student organizations for projects that utilize the arts to address contemporary social concerns. Funds must be used for new initiatives or programs not a part of the groups standard activities funded by the Student Activities Office. Preference will be given to sustainable programs, and programs co-sponsored by more than one organization.

grant application

Application Deadline

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but funds are limited.


Arts integration grants support the use of the arts as a tool for teaching non-arts disciplines. Faculty may apply for up to $500 to support arts-related expenses for undergraduate and graduate courses. Possible initiatives might include a visiting artist, a class visit to a performance or exhibition, or arts material for the classroom. (Funds may not be used for refreshments.)

Priority will be given to new initiatives in integrating the arts into a course.

application form


Funding of up to $3000 available for graduate arts research projects. Funds are limited and proposals will be competitive.

The research may be traditional research of the arts (e.g., musicology, art history, study of performance or literature of any kind), practice based research, or research from any discipline on the impact of the arts.

Students in good academic standing in either a master’s or doctoral program are eligible. BS/MS or BA/MA students who clearly will be in the graduate portion of their degree program during the period of proposed support are eligible. The project should be directly related to the applicant’s completion of degree requirements (e.g., thesis or dissertation work, independent study or directed research, a capstone requirement in the program, etc). A student may receive this form of support only once.

More information and application

The UROP Arts Research Awards are offered to support a student pursuing the arts as a primary area of inquiry. This would include traditional methods of inquiry in an arts field, as well as practice-based  and practice-led research.

Sample projects completed with help from BU Arts Initiative grants: