The Center for Social Justice David F. Andretta MD Explorer Fund

The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service invites applications from current Georgetown University juniors for a summer research scholarship funded by the David F. Andretta, MD Explorer Fund. David Andretta (C ’99, GUMC ’04) was an adventurous soul and a true son of Georgetown. Throughout his 31 years of life, David enthusiastically explored the world. David was a loving son, husband, brother, mentor and friend known for his hard work ethic and zest for life, and his legacy will be embraced and extended by each successive scholarship recipient. Please read more about this scholarship and its past recipients on the CSJ’s website.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a Georgetown University junior who seeks to spend the summer before senior year exploring social justice issue through an academic research project. Proposals for research projects outside of the United States are highly encouraged, although applications of domestic context will be considered. The applicant must identify a faculty sponsor who is willing both to critique and recommend the research project prior to the application’s filing and to review and approve the project upon its completion. In addition, the research project must:

  • have clearly defined goals and objectives;
  • serve to advance social justice and be conducted in an empathic manner;
  • engage local cultures and peoples;
  • incorporate an outdoor activity as part of the journey; and
  • be conducted with the intent of peer-reviewed publication.

The scholarship recipient will receive $5,000 for travel, lodging, meals and sustenance. The award will be given in two allotments: $3,500 at the beginning of the summer and another $1,500 upon the successful completion of the project. To meet that objective, this year’s recipient must: commit at least eight weeks to conduct the research during the summer of 2015; submit a five-page summary report outlining his/her work and conclusions by September 1; submit a copy of the final report to the faculty sponsor and to the Executive Director of the the Center for Social Justice no later than October 1, and present his/her project to the Georgetown community in a CSJ-sponsored forum.

The application opens in the fall. The completed application must be submitted via CSJ’s HoyaLink application by the end of November. No late applications can be accepted. The scholarship recipient for the summer of 2019 will be announced in mid-December 2018.

All questions about the fellowship or the application should be directed to Dr. Jennifer Rosale, CSJ’s Director of Research and Evaluation, at