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 Number Typically Awarded Annually Available Spring 2024
Rawls $1,500 Any 7 7
Glen Raven $1,500 Mathematics or Natural Sciences Development or application of textiles, fabrics, and/or garments 6 6
Watts $1,000 Mathematics or Natural Sciences 2 2
J. Nathan Grant $1,000 Any Biology research with Biology mentor 2 2
Wise $1,000 Any major within the Arts and Sciences Human Services, especially the well-being of children in society 1 1
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
Sustainability $1,000 Any Sustainability research 1 1

Click HERE for more information on the awards.

Application deadline

Spring Endowed Grants 2024-2025 applications are due March 8, 2024, 5 pm.

Click here to download the application for the endowed grants.

Click here to submit your endowed grant proposal.

Click here to go to the Writing Center for help with writing. They will be hosting a workshop for endowed grant applications on Monday, March 4th (4:30 – 5:30 pm in Belk Library, Room 113)

  • 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 or October 2024 must be used June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025.
  • 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 Microsoft forms (link above) by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

Note: To receive any support from the Undergraduate Research Program, applicable approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) must be in place before any data collection from human subjects takes place. In alignment with Federal guidelines, beginning June 1st, 2024, all investigators within our institution—comprising faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, principals, and co-investigators—must have completed CITI training. For what you must complete for CITI training, please click here.

Students may not serve as a PI for an IRB study. They should work with a faculty mentor who will serve as PI and be responsible for the oversight of the study. If you have any concerns or questions or want to discuss this policy further, please email the IRB Chair, Marna Winter at mwinter2@elon.edu.


  • 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 4998/4999 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.
  • 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 (e.g., data collection and analysis to presentation). 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