The George L. Abernethy Endowment supports independent student research in the humanities or social sciences.

Research can happen in either in the United States or abroad and cross-cultural study opportunities for students happen during the academic year or the summer. Grant awards average about $2,000.

In agreement to serve as the mentor on the student’s project, faculty will submit a plan that will specify the feasibility of the project, the intended collaboration efforts with the student and state the project’s outcome objectives. Faculty will submit a final review once the student has completed the project and receive a $500 stipend.

Deadlines: October 15, 2021 (winter break research), January 10, 2022 (summer research)

Faculty Letter Deadline: Once the common grant application has been submitted by a student, the faculty mentor will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their faculty letter. Absolute last day for submission is one week after application deadline.

Review Committee: Student Study and Research

Contact: Nicole L. Snyder (

Apply: Complete the online application. If you have questions or concerns please contact Donella Mayes (