GW Sustainability Scholars Award

Through the generous support of the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, the Sustainability Research Fellowships give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study.  Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.

All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the 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.

Proposed research projects must address GW’s vision for sustainability to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all, and may include research related to:

  • environmental issues;
  • social issues that can be applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social / organizational / behavioral change;
  • economic issues that can be applied to sustainable development;
  • the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective;
  • policy and communications issues that can be applied to sustainable development.


  • Full-time, undergraduate student
  • Enrolled at GW (as an undergraduate) during the award period
  • Full-or part-time GW faculty members must serve as mentors
  • Proposed research projects must address GW’s vision for sustainability to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all (as defined above).

Period of Study

Awards must be spent by July 31, 2020.

All recipients are required to present their work at this spring's GW Research Days and/or The Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Students are encouraged to present at GW Research Days and submit their final reports to an undergraduate research journal of their choosing. We further encourage students to include their final reports in GW ScholarSpace.



$5,000 award must be used to support the student’s research-related expenses, which may include travel, research materials and equipment, and living expenses.

$1,000 stipend can be taken by faculty as supplemental salary.  


  • Completed student application (research proposal of 2000 words or less, budget, project timeline)
  • Signed faculty statement of support
  • Unofficial transcripts (obtained from the Student Services Hub)
  • All materials must be submitted to the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research using its InfoReady portal.


Application deadline is December 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

Award decisions (including waitlist) will be emailed to students and faculty mentors on December 20, 2019.

Funds will be dispersed to award recipients by January 24, 2020.


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Research

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