Research Funding

Research Funding

The Urban Studies Program offers funding for concentrators pursuing research projects, especially honors theses. Students can complete a research funding application for either of the following opportunities, both of which are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis: 

The Harriet David Goldberg '56 Endowment 

The fund will provide 2 or more students research support ranging from $500 up to $3000, depending on the project. The student projects must be on an urban topic and the research can take place in Providence or in other cities.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for funding to conduct urban research should submit a 1-2 page proposal which describes their project, a letter of support from a faculty advisor, and a brief budget of project expenses. The award may be used to support direct research expenses on books, supplies, research-related travel to another city, etc., or to partly defray living expenses in Providence while pursuing research there during the summer. (Note: Direct research costs are tax deductible, unlike living allowances, which are taxable.)  Priority is given to students intending to do an honor's thesis in Urban Studies.  

Professor Sandy Zipp, Director of the Urban Studies Program, will review all the applications and will be in touch with you soon after.  Please submit proposals by email to [email protected] or campus mail Box 1833, or by dropping it off at the Urban Studies front office in Maxcy 103.

Marisa Arpels ’01 Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA)

The fund will provide 1 or more students research support ranging from $500 up to $3000, depending on the project. Concentrators in Urban Studies should propose a study that addresses urban environmental issues, preferably in the city of Providence, and/or which affect low-income communities and/or affect the developing world.  Students shall study the interconnections between built and natural systems and consider ways to reconcile the two.  While environmental issues should be addressed, the analysis can center on larger issues of economic or community development, social justice, public health, and so on.  The winner of the award will submit the final paper from the project for the donor and the program.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for funding to conduct urban environmental research should submit a 1-2 page proposal which describes their project, a letter of support from a faculty advisor, and a brief budget of project expenses. The award may be used to support direct research expenses on books, supplies, research-related travel to another city, etc.  

Research will typically be conducted over the summer, but proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis.  Professor Sandy Zipp, Director of the Urban Studies Program, will review all the applications and will be in touch with you soon after.  Please submit proposals by email to [email protected] or campus mail Box 1833, or by dropping it off at the Urban Studies front office in Maxcy 103.