The Ignite Fund

Your liberal arts education provides you with the intellectual tools to identify problems and to devise solutions. Now we want to see what you can do with these tools — solve problems, create knowledge, and put your Jesuit background to work. 

At Holy Cross, we believe that a liberal arts degree prepares you to make a positive impact in the world. The Ignite Fund is Holy Cross’ way of saying, in the words of Ignatius, “go, set the world on fire.” Holy Cross invites students to follow these words by providing funds to match student's questions and ideas to the world’s needs. Financial support is available for student-initiated entrepreneurial projects, student research projects, and travel to present at research conferences.  

Project Fellowships

Ignite Project Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to put their entrepreneurial ideas into action. We fund student-initiated, student-implemented projects designed to put the Jesuit principles you’ve absorbed during your time at Holy Cross to work. If you have a big idea that you’d like to see put to the test, a project you’ve been working on that needs more resources to implement, a need in our world that you’d like to positively impact, or a skill or talent that you think can help others, the Ignite Fund can help you make it happen. 

Funds to Support Your Research

Holy Cross students don’t just learn from world-class researchers — they conduct their own research. And just as faculty needs resources to make their work happen, student researchers need funds to help their work take shape. The Ignite Fund provides equipment, access fees, books, software, and more, to students interested in creating new knowledge. 

Conference Travel

For students who have already done research and want to disseminate their work through a formal conference presentation, funding is available to support travel and conference registration fees.


The application deadlines for Fall 2021 are Oct. 6 and Dec. 1. The deadline for Spring 2022 will be April 13. Students will receive a response to their application within two weeks after these deadlines.

Please note that if you are thinking about developing a program that involves bringing minors (children under the age of 18) to campus, the Safety of Children in College Programs policy and procedures must be followed. To learn more, please contact Denielle Burl, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer.

Helpful Documents for Applicants