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Kenan Fellowship

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Applications were due by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.


This opportunity established by the William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village supports up to five awards for research in support of the interpretive and educational programs of the Academical Village. These summer grants will support undergraduate or graduate students to conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the Academical Village. These projects may include architectural or field internships, development of exhibitions and other educational opportunities to inform and engage the public (of all ages) in the history, evolution, and restoration of this World Heritage site, preparation of materials on historic preservation for publication and public distribution, and other educational outreach initiatives.

Faculty Mentor

Interested students should discuss the proposed project with a faculty mentor who will advise them in their work early in the process of developing a proposal. The faculty mentor will be asked to complete the Research Mentor Support Form, commenting on the student’s proposal in no more than 500 words and, upon the project’s completion, will submit a brief narrative assessment of the student’s project.


Kenan Awardees may be granted up to $4,000 to pursue their objectives, and faculty mentors receive research support in the amount of $1,000. Faculty who do not wish to claim these funds should indicate this at the time the student applies.


All applicants must be full-time UVA students and must remain enrolled at the University through the completion of their project year. For the current application cycle, this means that the anticipated graduation should not be earlier than May of 2022. The program welcomes proposals from all subject areas and schools at the University.

Application Process

Students will submit a project proposal, budget request, resume, and unofficial transcript. Applicants will also be asked to provide the contact information for their faculty mentor, who will complete the Research Mentor Support Form, and for an individual who can complete the Recommendation Form, speaking to their qualities as a student and/or researcher. Faculty reviewers will assess each application based on merit, taking into account such considerations as clarity of the research question, appropriateness of methodology, the project’s feasibility, the applicant’s preparation for undertaking the project, and the alignment with the goal of the endowment.

The project proposal is expected to be written in the style of a grant application. Proposals should not exceed 2 pages (single-spaced, 12 point font, with 1-inch margins) and should include the following sections: background and question(s), methods, anticipated outcomes, and the significance of the work. The proposal should highlight how the proposed work contributes to an increase in public understanding of the Academical Village. Proposals should be uniformly cited using a citation style appropriate to the field of the project, and a bibliography should be included (though this will not count towards the page limit).

Submitting Joint Applications

Each student interested in applying to the Kenan Fellowship should submit their own application.

Final Product

Award recipients are expected to carry out their projects in a professional manner and hold themselves accountable to the responsibilities outlined by the Office of Undergraduate Research. These include (1) tracking expenses while conducting work and submitting a final expense report which clearly details how funds were used in the spring of 2022; (2) submitting an abstract and presenting at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April of 2022; and (3) completing an outcomes and reflections form in the spring of 2022. Awardees may also be asked to complete brief project updates at one or more points between when funds are available and the spring following term.

Institutional Review Board Approval

Many research projects require approval by one of the University’s Institutional Review Boards. If your project works with human subjects, participants, their data, or animals, you may need IRB approval. Learn more about the IRB. Approval is not required at the time of application but is required before the project begins.

Kenan Fellowship Recipient Projects