Funding community-based research conducted in Baltimore City
Loyola University Maryland offers the Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant program to foster and encourage research that strengthens and supports the work of non-profit organizations and agencies working in Baltimore and the University’s connections to the community. The program seeks to assist these community-based organizations by conducting research that they do not have the resources to obtain otherwise.
Inspired by Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.’s address at the 2000 conference "Justice in Jesuit Higher Education," a particular focus of this grant program is working with community organizations that are committed to serving and responding to people in need, especially those who are materially poor.
These $3,500 grants are available to the entire University community: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Kolvenbach grants allow the researcher to establish and develop a strong collaboration with a community-based organization or agency located in Baltimore. Projects should be developed jointly, matching the expertise and/or interest of the researcher with the needs of the organization. Applicants who do not have an established relationship with a community-based organization may contact the Center for Community Service and Justice for assistance in identifying a community partner.
Undergraduate students who are interested in the Kolvenbach program complete a brief online application package which includes a letter of reference from a faculty member testifying to the fact that the student can do the research and follow through on the project.
Graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators must identify a community partner and with that partner develop a research plan for the proposed project. The application must include two letters of recommendation: one from the community agency and one from a Loyola referee.
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