Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom and Democracy Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom and Democracy Undergraduate Research Fellowship gives two promising students in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project. 

All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from a faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Projects must engage in a topic related to religious freedom, separation of church and state or the role of religion in civil society.
  • The fellowship is open with regard to discipline. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Student applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in CCAS.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.4 or above.

Note: Recipients must be enrolled in CCAS throughout the tenure of the award.

Faculty Mentor Eligibility

Faculty mentors must be associated with GW during the tenure of the award.


The Loeb Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides $1,500 for research-related expenditures, including living expenses, travel, materials and equipment. The fellowship can be combined with the Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship or other grants.

Award Period and Requirements

The project may begin during the summer and must be concluded during the spring semester of the following year.

All award recipients are required to submit timely progress reports on their research, to present results of their project at Research Day and to provide summaries of their research to publicize their undergraduate research activity as well as the Loeb Institute.


A complete application consists of a) a Student Application Form and b) a Faculty Mentor Form. By submitting their applications, students thereby allow selection committees to review their academic transcripts. 

The fillable PDF forms may be downloaded for submission:

Applications are accepted on rolling deadlines. Please inquire for more information.