“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 $5,000 in support to enable undergraduate students to spend a summer focused on inquiry, exploration, and discovery.
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.
The application for the 2020 Fellowships is due March 18, 2020. A link to the application will be available later in the fall semester.
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.