Research Fellow Program $$$-Economic Development

Application Deadline is November 14, 2008

Southern Growth Policies Board seeks student applicants for its Southern Research Fellow Program. The Southern Research Fellow Program promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in 13 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Eligible applicants include current full-time undergraduate and graduate students aged 18 – 25 at colleges and universities in the 13 Southern Growth member states.  

The 2009 Southern Research Fellow Program is focused on regional economic opportunities relating to bio-products, alternative energy, and/or energy efficiency. The Fellow will develop a research question and prepare an original report that will be incorporated into Southern Growth’s 2009 Report on the Future of the South and distributed at Southern Growth’s annual conference. The Fellow will also receive a cash award of $1,000. 

Potential examples of a 2009 Southern Research Fellow report include:

  • a regional economic analysis of an emerging green technology
  • a survey of stakeholders in a specific alternative-energy industry
  • public perception of the costs and benefits associated wit h alternative energies
  • an analysis of how local or state governments can implement innovative energy conservation strategies

The application deadline is November 14, 2008, with the selected winner announced by December 12, 2008. The Fellow’s final report to Southern Growth Policies Board will be due April 13, 2009.

To learn more about the Southern Research Fellow Program, and to download application forms, please visit Reports from past Southern Research Fellows can be downloaded at /reports.shtml. To learn more about Southern Growth, visit

For more information on the Southern Research Fellowship visit the Southern Growth Policies Board website or contact Stephen Whitlow.


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