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.

Faculty mentors are required to submit an extensive letter of recommendation and support. The letter should indicate that the faculty member has thoroughly reviewed the student's proposal and agrees to serve as a mentor for the project. The mentoring relationship must be clearly defined. Faculty will receive a $500 stipend for serving as project mentor.

Deadlines: October 11, 2019 (winter break research), January 3, 2020 (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: Download and complete the grant application (login required); review these application guidelines (DOC).