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Current juniors and seniors may apply for funding to support experiential learning activities that build upon a completed ELN project and digital badge.

Application Period Closed

Applications are now closed for the PEARL Award. The next anticipated deadline will be in December of 2024.

Apply for the PEARL Award

ELN is excited to announce a new competitive funding opportunity for advanced UB undergraduate students who are looking to leverage their completed ELN projects and badges in transformational ways. Funds can support related travel (study abroad or other UB faculty sponsored travel), participation in conferences, workshops, or other approved activities that build upon their initial projects and integrate with their academic and professional goals.

Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a current junior or senior UB undergraduate student. 
  • Have earned an ELN Digital Badge for your completed project.
  • Have a UB Faculty Mentor who agrees to oversee your proposed activities. and administer the funds per the approved budget.

Additional requirements and expectations:

  • Students may apply for awards up to $2,500.
  • Completed applications and signature forms are due by December 1, 2023.
  • Awardees will share their funded experiences through completing an additional ELN Digtal Badge.

Required Faculty Mentor

All students must work with a UB faculty mentor. The mentor must agree to oversee the experience and administer all funds awarded according to the approved budget.  

Optional (but strongly encouraged) Letter of Recommendation

To support applications, students may request a brief letter of recommendation indicating support for the poropsed activities as they relate to the students academic and/or profeessional journey. Letters must be emailed directly from the recommender to ELN at by the December 1, 2023 deadline.    

Signature Form

All applicants must submit a completed signature form via email to by the December 1, 2023 deadline. 

What You Should Know Before Getting Started

1. Make sure you are eligible (see above).

2. Preview the application form and gather information prior to starting your submission.

3. Review the proposal evaluation criteria. 

5. Funding Timeline

  • After the deadline, ELN staff will review all applications and email applicants directly with a funding decision. All applicants will be notified via email no later than December 18, 2023. 
  • After funding decisions are announced, the transfer of funds may take several weeks.

6.ELN Digital Badge

Awardees must complete an additional ELN Digital Badge following their funded experience.   

If you start a funding application form and need to stop for any reason, you can click "Save and Resume Later" to generate a unique link. You can use that link anytime within 30 days to complete your submission.