Funding and Awards
The Center for Social Justice is committed to making social justice engagement accessible to all students. For this reason, CSJ provides opportunities for students to serve and research that are fully funded. From conducting research abroad to participating on an Alternative Break Program immersion, CSJ provides diverse funding opportunities for Georgetown University undergraduates.
Each year, CSJ awards a student or team of students with $10,000 to implement a project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and address the root causes of conflict among different people or communities.
The Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO) is a student-run funding and advisory board at the Center for Social Justice that works to support the missions of the 40+ student organizations in CSJ’s portfolio.
The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership.
Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.
The David F. Andretta (COL ’99, GUMC ’04) Summer Research Fellowship awards a rising senior with $5,000 towards a summer research project somewhere in the world.
This 11 year-old collaboration with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, provides students with summer research fellowships to travel abroad for an in-depth examinations of innovative initiatives, with a focus on the work of Jesuit secondary and post-secondary education institutions.
Erica Pincus (SFS’13) served as a FOCI leader for August 2011 (FOCI XXVII) and August 2012 (FOCI XXVIII) and, after her graduation from Georgetown, as CSJ’s interim Assistant Program Director for FOCI for three months. Erica’s legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive Co-Captain award recipient.
John Jackson (MSB’23) Endowment for Experiential Learning
The Penner Family Experiences Fund allows students to receive a financial award (up to $1,500.00 for fall and spring semesters and $4,000 for the summer) to pursue an experiential learning opportunity such as an unpaid internship, a research project, or a social action or community-engaged project. The fund attempts to make these experiences accessible to all Georgetown students by alleviating some of the financial burden of participation, from housing and transportation costs to the need to purchase work-related supplies. Through the fund, more Hoyas are able to engage in various forms of experiential learning, such as fellowships, study abroad opportunities, laboratory research, field work, internships, and community-based programs.
The SIPS Fund supports and invests in innovative ventures that have a social impact and serve the public good. Any and all students who graduated from or are currently enrolled in one of Georgetown’s four undergraduate schools since the class of 2001 (inclusive) are eligible to apply for funding.