COVID-19 Research Update

Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, remote research may be the only possible option. Davidson College will have a preliminary forecast for fall/winter research travel by late fall and a subsequent preliminary forecast for spring/summer research travel by late spring 2021. We will notify you as the situation develops. In the meantime, we encourage you to complete any application of interest with your research needs in mind (including any travel) and maybe a short note about how your project will change if travel is involved. We will make space on all applications for the latter.

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 16, 2020 (winter break research), January 8, 2021 (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 (