Undergraduate and graduate majors in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts have the opportunity to apply for funding support from grant programs available through the Hixson-Lied Endowment. All applications are submitted through nuramp.nebraska.edu.

The following are examples of how Hixson-Lied Student Grants have been used in the past:

  • Participation in chamber music festivals in US and abroad
  • Recording projects
  • Materials for art thesis projects
  • Travel to compete at music festivals
  • Travel and shipping to exhibit art at conferences and galleries
  • Travel to present papers at academic conferences
  • Support for unique performances or exhibitions
  • Support for development of short film projects
  • Support for travel and other costs associated with conducting research
  • Travel for participation in art or theater workshops

Watch a video tutorial for applying for Hixson-Lied Student Grants

The UNL Office of Research offers information and resources related to grant writing on their website: https://research.unl.edu/proposaldevelopment/home/

Grant Details

Student Study (Domestic or International) Grant

Partial support on a competitive basis for students who are selected to study either in the U.S. or abroad. This includes education abroad opportunities led by faculty in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Funding is intended to help defray costs such as travel and lodging that are associated with such study.

Funding Periods Application Due
Jan. 1-Aug. 15, 2020 Sep. 27, 2019, 5:00p.m.
May 1-Dec. 31, 2020 March 2, 2019, 5:00p.m.

Undergraduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

Support for research, exploration, and development of an idea or set of ideas in which an undergraduate student is thoroughly engaged and actively pursuing. Provides partial support for students who wish to produce work otherwise difficult to accomplish due to cost. The program is intended to encourage students to think of their chosen field of study as a discipline, rather than a series of courses, better preparing them for life in that discipline.

Funding Periods Application Due
Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020 Sep. 27, 2019, 5:00p.m.
May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021 March 2, 2020, 5:00p.m.

Student Presentation of Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant

Partial funding support for students who are selected to compete, perform, make presentations or present exhibitions in regional, national or international venues and programs.

Funding Periods Application Due
Jan. 1-Aug. 15, 2020 Sep. 27, 2019, 5:00p.m.
May 1-Dec. 31, 2020 March 2, 2020, 5:00p.m.

Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant

These grants provide partial support for graduate students who wish to produce work otherwise difficult to accomplish due to cost.

Includes budget

Funding Periods Application Due
Nov. 15, 2019-Dec. 31, 2020 Sept. 27, 2019, 5:00p.m.
May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021 March 2, 2020, 5:00p.m.

Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellows

Special stipends ranging from $3,500-$4,500 that are added to already existing graduate assistantship funding provided by the University. Funding for up to 32 fellowships over eight years has been allocated by the Hixson-Lied Advisory Board. See the current Graduate Fellows.

If you have any questions, please email HL-Grants@unl.edu.

Hixson-Lied Student Grant FAQ

Q. Which grant should I apply for?


  • If you want to CREATE new work or do RESEARCH leading to a publication or presentation, use the Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant
  • If you have already created work or completed research and want to PERFORM, EXHIBIT, or PRESENT your completed work, use the Presentation Grant
  • If you want to LEARN more by attending a formal program of study, use the Study Grant (Domestic or International)

Q. Can I apply for more than one grant?

A. Yes. Students are limited to one Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant at any given time, but there are no limitations on applying for other grants.

Q. Do I have to be accepted to an activity before I can apply?

A. No. If you have applied to a program, competition, conference, etc., and are still waiting to hear about your acceptance, you can still apply for grant funding for that activity. If you are awarded grant funding, it will be dependent on your acceptance. If you apply for a grant and hear about your acceptance status before you are notified about your grant, please contact the Associate Dean with an update so that this can be considered in the grant review process.

Q. What if I’m applying to multiple festivals or workshops?

A. Students frequently apply to more than one activity during the summer months and wish to apply for grant funding for one of them, depending on where they are accepted. In this case, we ask that you submit a separate application for each of the activities you might want funding to support, and indicate in your narratives which might be your top priority. As you learn more about acceptance into your activities, we can update this in the review process, or take it into account when awarding funding.

Q. How do I know when the application is complete?

A. You will not receive an email notifying you that your application is complete. If you have completed the application and entered your electronic signature by entering your UNL ID and password, the status of the grant should change to “Submitted for Review”. If you encounter problems with submission, please contact the Associate Dean.

Q. Should I drive or fly?

A. Mileage for personal vehicles is reimbursed at $0.29/mile. If mileage reimbursement for your trip would be more expensive than an economy airfare to the same location, you can only be reimbursed for the amount of the airfare. Occasional exceptions may be made – for instance, if you are traveling with a group, or need to transport large instruments or artwork that would otherwise be expensive or prohibitive to ship. Rental of a university vehicle is also possible and may be less expensive than reimbursement of mileage for a personal vehicle.

Q. Can we apply as a group?

A. Yes. The application form online allows for adding co-applicants. However, if your group is larger than about 4 people, we may need to see if there are other ways to fund your activity. If you are looking for support for a group of 5 or more students, please contact the Associate Dean for guidance.

Q. When will I be notified?

A. You will receive notification within approximately 6 weeks of the application due date.

Q. What if I have other questions that aren’t answered here?

A. Please email HL-Grants@unl.edu.