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Community-Based Research Programs

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The Haas Center provides opportunities for undergraduate students at Stanford who are interested in pursuing community-engaged research, along with a broad continuum of support.

Preparatory Coursework in Community-Based Research 

Students can enroll in Urban Studies 123/CSRE 146A: Designing Research for Social Justice in the autumn to prepare for their community-engaged research experience. Focusing on community-based research (CBR) principles and practice, this course is highly recommended for students applying for CBR fellowships. Students are encouraged to leverage course content to inform a research proposal that can be used to apply for summer funding opportunities including Haas Center CBR fellowships, Cardinal Quarter fellowships, the Chappell Lougee Scholarship, and Major Grants.

In the spring, Urban Studies 123B (CSRE 146B): Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methods emphasizes issues of research design and how to select methodological strategies to ensure ethical and effective partnership-based research. This course is required for students who are awarded CBR fellowships through the Haas Center or CSRE. 

Community-Based Research Fellowship Program

The Community-Based Research Fellowship Program is a Cardinal Quarter program in which teams of faculty, undergraduate students, and community partners jointly conduct research that addresses community-identified needs. Funded jointly by the Haas Center and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, CBR fellows receive a base stipend of $7,500, with additional financial aid or supplementary funding available for location-based projects. CBR fellows participate in a spring quarter cohort experience and complete ten weeks of full-time research during the summer.

Public Service Scholars Program

The Public Service Scholars Program (PSSP) is a year-round program that supports students’ efforts to write an academically rigorous thesis that is informed by and useful to specific community organizations or public interest constituencies. Students participate during their senior or co-term year, concurrently with the honors program in their major academic department or interdisciplinary program of study. Students from all majors are welcome to apply for admission to PSSP.

By request, PSSP students can be matched with a Stanford staff, faculty or community member who serves as a mentor. The mentor relationship is highly individualized, but mentors typically provide advice and support to foster the public service dimension of the thesis research and to pursue larger questions of how this work relates to students’ lives and career goals.

Meet the 2021-22 PSSP Scholars

Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship

Andrea Naomi Leiderman Fellowship recipients are Stanford undergraduates who conduct research on an issue centering on youth and education in California. Leiderman Fellows contribute to ongoing research projects led by Stanford faculty as part of the research-practice partnership between the Graduate School of Education and the San Francisco Unified School District. The fellowship provides a base stipend of $5,500 for nine consecutive weeks of full-time service/research. Additional financial aid is available to students who qualify, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. 

Graduate Public Service Fellowship

The Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship supports Stanford graduate students who want to explore and prepare for professorial or other careers in which they will engage in scholar-activism, community-based research, or public scholarship. Twenty-four fellows receive $1,000 stipends per quarter. Note that the program has been paused for the 2022-23 academic year. For more information please reach out to Luke Terra

Meet the 2021-22 GPS Fellows