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UVA College Council Research Grants
Deadline: 2014-02-17 (UVa Internal)
These grants are intended to help fund the scholarly projects of students of the College of Arts and Sciences. The College Council, the governing body of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsors these grants in order to promote a spirit of intellectual curiosity within the College, foster relationships between faculty and students, and best meet the needs of College students.
Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund
Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund award amounts are each $500 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects.
The Minerva Award
The College Council is proud to introduce the Minerva Award. The Roman Goddess Minerva can be found on the seal of the University standing on the lawn in front of the rotunda. Minerva was chose for the seal because she is the goddess of wisdom and the sponsor of the arts and creativity. It is this spirit of pursuing knowledge and creativity that the College Council hopes to promote with the Minerva Award. Three Minerva Awards of $3,000 will be awarded in order to fund larger scholarly projects that will be conducted by College students over the summer. Applications for Minerva Award are due mid-February.
The College Council Research Grants are available to any student registered and regularly enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Grant proposals will be assessed based on the strength of the research question, the structure and organization of the proposal, and the integration of the project. Please note that there will be non-experts reviewing the proposals and that the proposals should be written for a broad audience.
Strength of Research Question
Presents innovative and original work
Demonstrates both depth and breadth in their understanding of the subject
Makes a significant contribution to the field of study
Structure and Organization
Written in a clear, concise manner
Explicitly states the goals of the research and how these goals will be met
Incorporates different academic areas within the College
Utilizes innovative approaches and perspectives
Applies scholarly research in a manner that benefits the larger local or global community
In addition, it will be duly noted if the applicant has received additional funding for the same research project. In the spirit of fostering research among all undergraduates, priority will be given to students who have received no previous funding.
Semester Scholarly Endeavor: one semester, fall or spring; Minerva Award: summer
Semester Scholarly Endeavor: $500
Each project proposal must have a written letter of recommendation from a U.Va. faculty mentor who will serve as an advisor during the completion of the project. A hardcopy of the letter of recommendation must be included with the grant application and submitted by the stated deadline. The faculty mentor should provide insight into his or her basis for concluding that the student is capable of completing a high-quality research project.
Application deadlines and other important dates can be found on website.
For more information, please contact the Research Grant Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org.