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.

Starting in 2018 faculty mentors will be required to submit a more 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 12, 2018 (winter break research), December 03, 2018 (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).