Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom fosters dialogue on religious understanding and the separation of church and state, and serves as a center for academic collaboration in religion, peace studies, history, political science and other programs for scholars, students, educators and the public.

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

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.


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.

Period of Study

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

Special Considerations

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.

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 and the Loeb Institute.


To apply, please complete a GW Undergraduate Research Fellowship application, available through CUFR's InfoReady portal

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.


There are two deadlines for submission. One award will be granted in each submission period.

Winter Deadline:

Students must submit applications no later than 11:59pm on Friday, November 30, 2020.

Spring Deadline:

Students must submit their applications no later than 11:59pm on Friday, March 1, 2021.

Note: Students who apply in the fall and are not selected for funding are encouraged to revise and resubmit their proposals by the spring deadline.


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior


  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Research
  • Undergraduate


  • DC

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