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Community-Based Research Programs

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 

Urban Studies

Students can enroll in Urban Studies 123/CSRE 146A: Designing Research for Social Justice: Writing a Community-Based Research Proposal in the autumn to prepare for their research experience. Focusing on CBR principles and practice, this course is highly recommended for students applying for CBR fellowships. Students will complete 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, the CBR Fellows program offers stipends of $1,000 for community partners, while student fellows are eligible for up to $7,000 for 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.

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. The research may be for an honors thesis, a Chappell Lougee grant, a Community-Based Research Fellow project, or an independent project supervised by a faculty member. Leiderman Fellows receive a grant of $4,500 over an academic year and present their research results in May.

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 fellows receive $1,000 stipends per quarter.


Graduate Student Workshop Series

Research as Praxis: Toward More Equitable Research Partnership
This workshop series is designed for Stanford graduate students interested in learning more about and developing skills in community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields.