Call for proposals for Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards

December 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Proposals are now being accepted for the M.G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, with a maximum amount of $1,500 awarded per project. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 23, and the requirements and additional details are available online.

Presented annually, the Indigenous Knowledge Research Awards fund research topics that focus on aspects of indigenous knowledge for an undergraduate capstone course or honors, master's, or doctoral thesis. Penn State graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at any campus, including World Campus, are eligible to apply. As part of the award, the winning students are required to present their research findings at a public seminar held in the University Libraries and write an article highlighting the indigenous knowledge aspects of their research project for publication in the online journal “IK: Other Ways of Knowing.”

The award program is an initiative of the University Libraries and the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge. Awards are funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge, created in 2008 with a gift from the California-based Marjorie Grant Whiting Center for Humanity, Arts, and the Environment. The center was established after Whiting’s death in 1995 as a way to preserve the scientific and humanistic legacy of a woman whose career as a nutritional anthropologist contributed to an understanding of the cultural interface between diet and health.

For more information on the M.G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or

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Last Updated February 27, 2018