Student Grants

Srinivasan Family Awards for Projects in Emerging Markets

The Center for Emerging Markets invites Northeastern University students to apply for the Srinivasan Family Awards for Projects in Emerging Markets!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis each semester. Please see below for application details and eligibility.

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Northeastern University's Center for Emerging Markets invites grant proposals from Undergraduate and Graduate students enrolled in full-time programs at Northeastern University to conduct research, organize a conference, explore a startup idea, participate in a service project, or pursue innovative projects that address pressing problems in emerging markets.

What are Emerging Markets?

Emerging markets include all countries of the world except industrialized nations such as the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The proposed project may focus on both industrialized nations and emerging markets, but the latter should be an important part of the project.

Emerging markets account for six billion of the world's seven billion people. Typically, they are a lot poorer than industrialized nations, but they enjoy attractive growth prospects, have large pools of talent, and are becoming important sources of innovation for the world. Emerging markets can also play an important role in solving global problems such as climate change, sustainability, inequality and poverty, pandemics, healthcare, or security.

Types of Projects

Students are encouraged to work in multidisciplinary teams, ideally with students from more than one school at Northeastern, but individual proposals will also be entertained. Projects should not be required as part of students' regular coursework, although they may build on such work. Projects should expose and immerse students in real-world issues facing emerging markets. The goal is to have an impact on the real world or to expose the Northeastern University community to important problems and opportunities in emerging markets.

Awards & Dates

  • Awards will typically range from $1,000 to $3,000, although in special cases higher awards may be made.
  • Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis each semester.
  • Spring 2023 decision date: May 5, 2023
  • We will begin to review fall 2023 applications in September.


  • Projects should be completed within a year and a half of proposal submission.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in full-time programs at Northeastern University for at least a full year following the granting of the award or for the duration of the project (whichever occurs first).

Application Process

To apply, students will need to provide:

  1. General information and resume of student lead;
  2. General information on additional team members (if applicable) – please note that no resume is needed for additional team members; and
  3. 2-page proposal (see instructions below).

Proposal Content

Students, working alone or in teams, should submit a 2-page (maximum) proposal that covers the following areas:

  1. Aims of the project;
  2. How and why the project will benefit one or more emerging markets;
  3. Qualifications of the team to carry out the project;
  4. Additional resources or support from within Northeastern or external organizations that the project has or may receive;
  5. Budget, with justification for key cost components; and
  6. Timeline for completion of the project.

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of faculty members and recent Northeastern University alumni. The final decision will be made by a committee consisting of the Dean of D'Amore-McKim School of Business, the Senior Associate Dean of Faculty at D'Amore-McKim School of Business, and the Director of the Center for Emerging Markets. Criteria for selection will include:

  • Likely impact of the project on one or more Emerging Markets and/or the Northeastern community's understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing those countries;
  • Qualifications and track record of the team, including prior accomplishments;
  • Originality or innovativeness of proposals;
  • Extent to which the project takes an interdisciplinary approach;
  • Frugality of budget and possibility of leveraging additional resources from others in Northeastern or elsewhere.

Awardees will join a network of CEM students and alumni brought together through the Srinivasan Family Awards. They will be expected to participate in mentorship opportunities and occasional events as part of this growing community.


Please contact Kathryn Slomski, Program Manager, Center for Emerging Markets, at if you have any questions.