Research Grants and Scholarships

Davidson has many grants and funding opportunities available for students to apply and complete faculty-guided or independent research.

Research In Science Experience (RISE)

Research In Science Experience (RISE) is a program for rising sophomores who are from groups historically underrepresented in science --including first-generation and low-wealth students. Eight students spend four weeks on campus in June. Morning classes focus on research skills, including experimental design and data analysis, library and Internet research, and developing skills in written and oral presentations. During the afternoons students engage in a collaborative research project. RISE is funded by the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Independent College Access Network. Contact Mark Barsoum.

The George L. Abernethy Endowment

The Abernethy Endowment supports students who wish to pursue independent research and cross-cultural study in the humanities or social sciences, either in the United States or abroad. Grant support is available through application for both academic year and summer experiences. Twenty-three Abernethy awards in 2012-13 took students to Iran to study Islamic Gardening Traditions, to Morocco to study Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi, and to nonprofit organizations in North Carolina to study the effect of celebrity endorsements. In addition, students engaged in collaborative work with Davidson faculty on Honor Code violations, Good Samaritan laws, and college football recruiting standards.  Contact Verna Case for more information. Download and complete the grant application (DOC).

The Bank of America/Kemp Scholars Program

The BOA/Kemp Scholars Program supports independent study, travel and research. Annually, five scholars, supported by faculty mentors, work independently on a research project of their own design. In addition, the scholars and faculty participate with the faculty in an interdisciplinary (non-credit) seminar that links their independent research projects. 2011 Abernethy projects included studying urban revitalization in Detroit, solar electrification of rural Nicaragua, and health needs of Latinas in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Contact Mark Foley for more information. Download and complete the grant application (DOC).

Dean Rusk International Studies Program

The Dean Rusk International Studies Program provides several grant-funded opportunities to conduct research abroad in geographic locations of the student's choosing or to specific regions of the world such as Kenya and Peru. Past Dean Rusk grant recipient Edith Nicolaou-Griffin '15 documented youth narratives of the Greek debt crisis that led to an article published in the Huffington Post. Learn more about Dean Rusk grants.

Vann Fellows in Biomedical Research

The Vann Fellows in Biomedical Research funds support two ten-week, summer research internships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Students do research under the guidance of mentors in the Mayo Clinic's Program in Professionalism and Ethics. Contact Dave Perry.

Davidson Research Network Internships

Each summer, the Davidson Research Network provides up to five research opportunities in Houston at the Texas Medical Center (including Baylor and UT medical centers), MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Rice University. Additional research internships are available at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. For more information Contact Verna Case.