“In any situation, one should always leave room for the unexpected and the unseen. In order to do this, we must employ the imagination…One gains through the imagination a freedom of action, and ability to be ready for fresh choices.”
– Fr. Royden B. Davis, SJ / 1985 Commencement Address, Georgetown University
Fr. Davis, Dean of Georgetown College from 1966 to 1989, believed that all students should have equal opportunity to “employ imagination” through transformative educational experiences, those which encourage students to ask tough questions, discern meaning, and to serve others.
Georgetown College is pleased to offer summer fellowships in honor of Fr. Davis. Davis Fellowships provide between $2,500 and $5,000 in summer support, depending upon the length of the proposed research/experience and the project budget (including the existence of other sources of funding). Please note that the Davis awards may not be used to fund tuition for credit-bearing courses.
Davis Research Fellowships fund summer lab work, field work, and independent inquiry under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Davis Experiential Learning Fellowships fund service learning, community-based work, and unpaid internships which are meaningfully connected to a student’s academic interests.
In order to apply for a 2020 Royden Davis Fellowship, please complete and submit the 2020 Davis Fellows Application. For students applying for a 2020 Davis Undergraduate Research Fellowship, please share the 2020 Faculty Mentor Form with your faculty mentor and please ask that she complete and submit the form prior to March 18, 2020.
This past summer, Madeleine Gibbons-Shapiro (C’21) conducted a social impact assessment of a café that employs intellectually disabled individuals in Kazakhstan. Because of her study, this impressive café can begin to work to expand its operation more widely across the country.
Alero Oyinlola (C’22) has been passionate about economic development since before college. With the help of the Davis Fellowship Program, she was able to work with an underdeveloped community in France and develop her interest towards a lifelong career.
Prior to this summer, Gaby Walton (C’20) was eager to apply the coding skills she had learned beyond the classroom. In August, she developed a program that assists in the evaluation of 22 of the largest technology companies in the world.
Mayesha Awal (C’20) traveled to Botswana as part of the Davis Fellows Program during the summer of 2019. Now that she is back, Awal is more motivated than ever to continue helping the people she met there.
Georgetown College is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Royden Davis Fellowship Program, which provides College undergraduates with funding to live in Washington D.C. for the summer while they work on an academic research project.