Undergraduate Project Award

The Kaplan Institute's Annual Humanities Project Competition!

The Kaplan Humanities Institute will award prizes for the most outstanding essays, research papers, and/or projects produced in courses sponsored by the Humanities Institute in 2016-2017. The prizes are accompanied by cash awards of $400. Winners will be invited to the Humanities Year-end Reception to receive their awards and will have their essays posted on the Humanities website. We encourage students from every department and school within Northwestern to compete.

A student may submit any paper, essay, or project produced within a course sponsored or co-listed in the Humanities Institute from spring 2016 – winter 2017. Submissions will be judged anonymously by a committee within the Humanities Institute.


The Application Deadline for 2016-2017 is April 3, 2017.

1. Please prepare PDF files in advance of proceeding to the application portal. All required fields must be filled in before you click on the "Submit Application" button. The system will not accept incomplete applications, and partial applications cannot be saved and resumed at a later time. 

2. In the application portal, please complete OFFICIAL CONTACT INFORMATION and ACADEMIC INFORMATION sections. For Highest Degree Granting Institution, please put: Northwestern University. For Highest Degree Type, please select: Other. 

4. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS SECTION. Please upload the following application documents (PDFs) in the application portal. No document may exceed 1M in size. File names should not contain parentheses, quotation marks, or other such characters:

Cover letter: Upload a cover sheet with your name, school, year in school, major/minor, phone, email, mailing address, the title of your paper, name of the course, and the instructor's name.

Paper: Upload the paper you have chosen to submit for the contest. All comments by teachers on the course papers should be removed, or the manuscript retyped. A legible photocopy is acceptable; handwritten work is not acceptable.


Click here to access the application portal and submit your materials.

Contact megan.skord@northwestern.edu with any questions.