The Davidson Research Initiative (DRI) was launched in 2007 as the result of a generous five-year grant from The Duke Endowment. The DRI Summer Research Program initially provided fellowships for 20 Davidson Summer Research Fellows and five Summer Research Fellows from historically black colleges and universities. Additional discipline-specific grants were added to the program beginning in 2008.
By the summer of 2016, there were 37 DRI Summer Research Fellowships: 13 Weinstein Summer Research Fellowships in the humanities, two Mimms Summer Research Fellowships in biochemistry, genetics, genomics/bioinformatics, one Stevens Summer Research Fellowship in chemistry and one Ross Summer Research Fellowship in the social sciences.
Because 2016 was the final year for Weinstein Summer Research Fellowship funds, the total number of DRI Summer Research Fellowships in 2017 decreased to 24 (20 Davidson DRI fellowships, two Mimms fellowships, one Stevens fellowship and one Ross fellowship). Last summer was also the most competitive year for the DRI Summer Research Fellowships. The number of proposals submitted by Davidson students rose to an all-time high of 65.