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Southern Research Fellows Program Invites Applicants

Here’s a grant opportunity for students who are interested in youth engagement – applications are due soon on January 11, 2008!

The Southern Growth Policies Board (www.southern.org), a nonpartisan public policy think tank, seeks student applicants for its new Southern Research Fellows Program, which promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in thirteen Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The focus of the 2008 Southern Research Fellows Program is the engagement, development, and leadership of youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Fellows will prepare an original report on an approved topic that will be incorporated into Southern Growth’s 2008 Report on the Future of the South and distributed at Southern Growth’s annual conference. Fellows will also receive a cash award of $1,000 each. Relevant report topics for 2008 include youth development, civic engagement, and strategies for building policies and partnerships that foster youth leadership skills, workforce preparedness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and the traits to become active, responsible citizens.Eligible applicants include current undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 at colleges and universities in the thirteen member states. Suggested majors/fields of study include, but are not limited to, public policy, journalism, political science, education, sociology, business, city and regional planning, public administration, and social work. To learn more about the Southern Research Fellows Program and/or to download an application form, visit the program’s Web site.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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