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Research Grants

Ortner Center on Family Violence

Application Deadline: January 19, 2014

The Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence will award up to 4 undergraduate research fellowships for projects to be begun now and completed during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Students may receive grants of up to $500. Each student application must be endorsed by a faculty research advisor who will supervise the project throughout the semester. Funds have been provided through the generous support of the Trustees Council on Penn Women.

All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who want to undertake research pertinent to violence in relationships (for example, child abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault, battering, psychological abuse, economic abuse, teen dating violence) are eligible to apply. Projects exploring empirical and normative issues of violence in relationships in any part of the world are eligible. Applicants are expected but not required to conduct research that will contribute to the writing of a senior thesis or an independent study course during the 2011-2012 academic year. Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, government agencies, NGOs, or other institutions.

All proposals that include human subjects (whether through primary data collection or the use of existing data) must receive IRB approval from the Office of Research Administration prior to receiving funding. Applicants who are funded must be prepared to submit an IRB application within two weeks of announcement of award.
Funds will be disbursed directly to the student – 50% upon decision (or, if involving human subjects, submission of IRB materials) and 50% upon completion of the reporting requirements (see next paragraph).

All grant recipients are required to participate in monthly seminars during spring semester, which will include discussions of research issues and strategies in the field of family violence. All grant recipients also are required to submit a written summary of their work (no more than 1000 words) and make a short oral presentation about their completed research by the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. The presentation will be at an Ortner Center meeting, which will be open to interested persons at Penn and community-based agencies and others the awardee may chose to invite.

Application Process

Please prepare the following in one .pdf document, named “YOUR PENNKEY”:

  1. A statement not exceeding 1000 words describing the aims and rationale for the research project. Indicate as concretely as possible your preliminary research plans.
  2. A budget of your anticipated research expenses. Appropriate items include research travel, housing, food, and phone costs, book and document costs, fees to use archives, survey costs, etc. List and provide the amount and rationale for each item.
  3. A copy of your PennInTouch transcript.
  4. A copy of your resume.

Click here to go to the web-based application, where you will be asked to fill out a form and upload the above prepared document, named “YOUR PENNKEY” (for example, jsmith.pdf). Applications are due no later than January 19, 2014.

In addition, your faculty research advisor must separately submit a supporting letter of recommendation on your behalf indicating the role the advisor will play in supervising your research in the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. The letter should make clear the nature and extent of your contribution in formulating and carrying out the project. Please ask your faculty research advisor to submit the completed letter in .pdf format via the Advisor’s Recommendation Form, and inform your faculty research advisor whether you have chosen to keep their letter confidential and waive your right of access to it.

Decisions about proposals are expected to be made by February 1, 2014.


Dr. Wallace Genser

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6244

Questions concerning this grant should be directed to Professor Susan B. Sorenson, Director, Ortner Center, e-mail , phone 215.573-1169.

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