Endowed Grants

Endowed grants are intended to enhance quality mentoring relationships between faculty and students who work together to answer questions, solve problems, and provide learning opportunities of the highest caliber. Research conducted by endowed grant recipients and faculty mentors must contribute in meaningful ways to the knowledge base of a given discipline. Although the end product of all research is unknown as the work is undertaken, it is expected that the work of endowed grant recipients will be closely linked to the expertise of their faculty mentors to ensure quality and potential to contribute to the discipline.

Grant Name Grant Amount Student Major Preference Max Number Awarded Annually
Rawls $1,000 Any 7 (4 available Fall 2021)
Glen Raven $1,500 Mathematics or Natural Sciences Development or application of textiles, fabrics, and/or garments 6 (5 available Fall 2021)
Watts $1,000 Mathematics or Natural Sciences 2 (0 available Fall 2021)
Wise $1,000 Any major within the Arts and Sciences Human Services, especially the well-being of children in society 1 (1 available Fall 2021)
Sinclair $1,000 Any major within the Arts and Sciences Social or behavioral sciences, and particularly research associated with the complex issues of sexual orientation 1 (1 available Fall 2021)
Sustainability $1,000 Any Sustainability research 2 (1 available Fall 2021)

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Application deadline

Fall Endowed Grants 2021-2022 applications are due September 24, 2021, 5 pm.

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  • We have two endowed grant deadlines: September and March of each academic year. There are more endowed grants available in March than in September.
  • Endowed grants awarded in March 2021 must be used June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022. Endowed grants awarded in October 2021 must be used by May 31, 2022
  • Endowed grants do not carry over into the next academic/fiscal year. Any funds that are not spent will not be accessible after the academic/fiscal year closes.
  • Students are only eligible for one endowed grant per academic/budget year.
  • The mentor/student team must submit the completed application via Google forms (link is provided on the application) by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

Note: To receive any support from the Undergraduate Research Program, including being accepted to SURF, applicable approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be in place before any data collection from human subjects takes place. View the IRB website for more information about this requirement.


  • Applicants are or will be engaged in independent, faculty-mentored undergraduate research.
  • Successful applicants typically will have already completed some initial activities in the proposed research topic.
  • Endowed grant applicants must demonstrate a 3.2 GPA, both cumulative and in the major in which the research will be conducted.
  • For the year the student receives an endowed grant, student recipients must register for at least one credit hour of 499/498 course credit in two semesters (fall, winter or spring).
  • Endowed grant recipients are required to apply to present their work at the Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) prior to graduation. It is expected that recipients also will present work in other venues as appropriate.
  • Endowed grant recipients (students and mentors) may be asked to participate in panel discussions, admissions events and other activities related to the Undergraduate Research program. It is expected that the recipients will make every effort to aid the Undergraduate Research Program in articulating the value of the undergraduate research experience.
  • Copies of presentations or manuscripts resulting from work supported by endowed grant funds must be submitted to the Undergraduate Research Program office (and the Sustainability Office in the case of Sustainability endowed grants).
  • Any recipient failing to meet any of these requirements will forfeit their endowed grant funds.

Funding associated with an endowed grant can be used to support any project related expenses. The award may be applied to tuition in cases of demonstrated unmet (high) financial need.

All endowed grant funds are tied to the academic year of the award and do not roll over to subsequent years.

All equipment and software purchased with endowed grant funds become property of Elon University. We do not pay students or Elon faculty for their labor (e.g., transcription, inter-rater reliability) but we do reimburse for gift cards for participants and professional transcription like rev.com.

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“The opportunity to conduct research on such a local initiative has been extremely rewarding. Through my research, I have the ability to support and make recommendations towards a program that could bring about meaningful change for the Greensboro community.”
Bear Tosé ’18, Policy Studies major