David F. Andretta Summer Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

Through the David F. Andretta, MD, Explorer Fund, a rising senior is awarded $5,000 to conduct research on a social justice research issue anywhere in the world during the summer. David Andretta (COL ‘99, GUMC ‘04) was an adventurous soul and a true son of Georgetown. Throughout his 31 years of life, David enthusiastically explored the world. David was a loving son, husband, brother, mentor and friend known for his hard work ethic and zest for life, and his legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive fellowship recipient.

The fellowship is awarded annually to a Georgetown University junior who seeks to spend the summer before senior year exploring an aspect of the world through an academic research project. The applicant must find a faculty sponsor who is willing both to critique and recommend the project prior to the application’s filing and to review and approve the project upon its completion. In addition, the research project must:

  • have clearly defined goals and objectives;
  • serve to advance social justice and be conducted in an empathic manner;
  • engage local cultures and peoples;
  • incorporate an outdoor activity as part of the journey; and
  • be conducted with the intention of publication.

The recipient receives $5,000 for travel, lodging, meals or sustenance. The award is given in two allotments: $3,500 at the beginning of the summer and another $1,500 upon the successful completion of the research project. The fellow is encouraged to apply for supplemental funding. This year’s recipient must: commit at least eight weeks to research (fieldwork/data collection, analysis, writing) during the summer; submit a 5-page summary report outlining his/her work and conclusions by September 1, 2021; and present their project to the Georgetown community in a CSJ-sponsored forum during the fall semester. The fellow is expected to pursue peer-reviewed publication of their research in a relevant academic journal or similar.

The Summer 2021 Application will open on Friday, September 28, 2020. The application closes on Friday, October 30 at 5:00pm EST. No late applications will be accepted.

For 2021: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 around the globe and the uncertainty of crossing borders during a pandemic, we can not necessarily support travel-based research in Summer 2021. Thus, we are seeking proposals from applicants that: a) have a virtual research partnership; and/or b) are for in-person research in the general location of the student’s permanent address. In this case, the field site must be in a Phase 2 or better location and the host partner must be able and willing to engage in in-person research.

Applicants are encouraged to set up meetings with CSJ as they are preparing their application materials. Serious applicants are highly encouraged to attend a Zoom information session on: Monday, October 5 at 4:00pm EDT; Friday, October 16 at 6:00pm EDT; or Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00am EDT. Contact csjresearch@georgetown.edu for the Zoom link.

CSJ extends its gratitude to Georgetown colleagues serving on the review committee.

Read about past Andretta fellows and their research.