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Undergraduate Engaged Scholarly Research

Applications for spring and summer 2024 are due 


Building Southern Intersectional Futures

Are you interested in Creating Southern Intersectional Futures through Engaged Scholarly Research? Want to learn more about this grant and how to get involved? You're in the right place!

For Undergraduates:

What the heck is Creating Southern Intersectional Futures?

“Southern” here refers to the U.S. South as well as the Global South. “Future” speaks to the enduring need to envision new political, social, and cultural formations that might redress current inequities. For this initiative, we are looking for projects that are critical and intersectional by design, bringing to light the multivocal character of Georgia and beyond. Whose voices are underrepresented at UGA? In Athens? In Georgia? How can a feminist intersectional lens (looking at race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other identities) inform our research questions and methodologies? 

What do you mean by "Engaged Scholarly Research?"

Engaged Scholarly Research is research that grapples with issues and realities beyond the university campus. Projects might include collecting queer and diverse local histories, conducting an intersectional needs assessment of the unhoused, evaluating gaps in multivocal resources in education, or exploring the intersectional implications of sustainability practices. We encourage students to engage with community partners and to have public-facing research results. 

How much money can I apply for?

Selected proposals will receive an award of $1000 per semester for up to two semesters, which can be used towards research expenses and/or to cover cost of living. 

What can I use the grant money for?

Grant money may be used towards research expenses (travel, software, books and journals, supplies, stipends, etc.) and/or to cover cost of living (food, childcare, housing, etc.).

How do I find a mentor for my project?

Use our handy “Finding a Mentor” guide to research, contact, and meet with potential faculty and graduate student mentors in IWS.

How do I apply?

  1. Review the grant requirements to see if you’re eligible and to brainstorm a project idea.
  2. Use our “Finding a Mentor” guide to research, contact, and meet with potential faculty and graduate student mentors in IWS.
  3. Download the proposal template.
  4. With your mentor's guidance, write your proposal, create your budget, and list your references.
  5. Have your mentor review and approve your proposal. Save your proposal as a PDF or Doc. 
  6. Email your proposal to 


For Faculty and Graduates:

Faculty and graduate student mentors will receive $500 per project semester, as an acknowledgement of their effort and time. These funds can be used for travel, research expenses, etc. and will be transferred to mentors’ departmental accounts. Email with any questions about this initiative.

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