Applications sought for 2020 M. G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Awards

January 16, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 M. G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Awards. A maximum of $1,500 per project will be awarded, with funding made available through the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge.

Current Penn State graduate and undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals to conduct research between April 2020 and January 2021 on topics that focus on aspects of Indigenous knowledge. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 23, and the application form and submission instructions are available online.

Presented annually, the Whiting Awards fund research topics that focus on aspects of Indigenous knowledge for an undergraduate capstone course or honors, master's or doctoral thesis. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines local and Indigenous knowledge as "the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings."

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at any Penn State campus, including World Campus, are eligible to apply. The winners will present their findings at a public seminar held in fall 2020 or spring 2021 at the University Libraries.

Faculty volunteers are also needed to review proposals.

The award program is administered by the University Libraries. A list of past recipients with descriptions of their research projects, as well as an Indigenous knowledge research guide with library databases, journals, organizations and other resources, is available on the ICIK website.

The Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge was 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, contact Mark Mattson, global partnerships and outreach librarian, at 814-863-2480 or

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Last Updated January 24, 2020