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Community-Based Research Fellowship Program

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Community-Based Research Fellowship Program supports teams of faculty, students and community partners in conducting research that addresses community-identified needs.

Community-based research (CBR) is defined as "a partnership of students, faculty, and community members who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or effecting social change" (Community-Based Research and Higher Education, Strand et al., 2004, p.3). CBR is a method of conducting academic research that 1) relies on cooperation and communication between all research partners; 2) validates multiple sources of knowledge; 3) promotes the use of multiple methods of discovery; 4) pursues diverse means for disseminating research findings; and 5) includes a commitment to some level of social action. In the ideal CBR project, academic scholars work in collaboration with community partners at every stage of the research process.

Applications must be submitted by an undergraduate student of the research team; community partners and faculty should be actively consulted and included in the research design process.

Students who are awarded fellowships are required to enroll in the spring course URBANST123B (CSRE146B) : Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methods.   

The CBRFP has three primary goals:

  1. Provide resources for community-based research teams that comprise faculty, undergraduate students and community partners.
  2. Deepen the connection between faculty and undergraduate students engaged in community-based research.
  3. Create a support network for undergraduate students that facilitates their research, develops their research skills, and connects them with similarly motivated peers.

Student fellows are eligible for up to $7,500 for 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer quarter. Community Partners who participate in the program receive $1,000 each.

The fellowship is jointly funded by the Haas Center for Public Service and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE).

Past CBR Fellows and Project Descriptions


Spring Quarter

Students awarded a fellowship are required to enroll in the spring quarter course, URBANST123B/CSRE146B: Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methodsto help prepare them for their community-based fieldwork experiences. The Haas Center will also host a luncheon meeting with all community-based research teams. These meetings allow student, faculty, and community research team members to interact with one another, learn more about the program’s curriculum, structure, and expectations, and clarify the finer points of their CBR projects. 

Summer Quarter

Students who participate in the CBRFP communicate monthly with the program administrator and student fellows to share their research progress and discuss readings that promote intellectual development and demonstrate connections between research and positive social change. Specific topics include the principles and practices of community-based research, methods for forging campus-community partnerships, and the ethical dimensions of data ownership and dissemination. Specific assignments include

  • learning plan
  • bi-weekly reflection assignments
  • periodic check-ins with CBR coordinator
  • final project report

Autumn Quarter

Students present their research and field questions during the annual Stanford Engaged Scholarship Conference in the autumn quarter. Faculty fellows and community partners are invited to the presentations as well.

The CBRFP encourages students to present at SURPS, apply for research grants and fellowships through the Haas Center and VPUE, and build upon their community-based research fellowship experience with coursework that further develops their research skills. Students are also invited to visit future URBANST123/CSRE146 classes to share their success stories and challenges.

Selection Process: 

Successful proposals include:

1.     A completed application  (via SOLO) that:

2.     Community partner support for the research project, in the form of a letter or email from the community partner(s) indicating their interest in the partnership and how the research meets their needs. Letters may be addressed directly to

3.     A faculty mentoring plan (webform), filled out and submitted by a faculty or academic staff member, that describes how they will support/mentor the student in the time before, during, and after the summer research. Please share form link with your faculty sponsor, and ask them to submit it by the application deadline. 

VPUE Funding Restrictions

  • Funds may only support current Stanford undergraduates. Co-terminal MS or MA students may be supported only if their undergraduate degree is not conferred before the conclusion of the project.
  • Students may not receive both academic credit and pay for any single research activity.
  • Students receiving full summer stipends may not register for more than 5 units of coursework, nor may they work for more than 10 hours per week outside of their research appointment.
  • Students receiving support during the academic year must be enrolled for all quarters in which they receive support. Departments, programs or faculty mentors may elect to set more restrictive policies, as appropriate.
  • Funds may not be used to support honors thesis research. Honors students should seek funding through UAR’s Student Grants Program.
  • The expectation is for students to only take on a full-time 10-week summer project (this includes summer projects external to those supported with VPUE funds). Each of the following opportunities represents significant time commitments and is intended to support a student's unique full-time effort on a project. Students may not accept more than one of the following in a single academic year:
    -Major Grant
    -Chappell Lougee Scholarship
    -Beagle II
    -Haas Summer Fellowship
    -Departmental Grant-supported summer research position
    -Faculty Grant-supported summer research position
    -Other full-time summer fellowship or internship
  • As a means to comply with set policies and to preserve the rights of departments, faculty, and their research programs, all students who are being supported with VPUE funds are now required to complete a Student Contract prior to participating in an individual VPUE funded department/program. Please visit this page for more information on VPUE policies.
Application : 


Faculty mentoring plan  

The deadline for applications, including the faculty mentoring plan, is March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

Sponsored by: 
Haas Center for Public Service
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Administered by Stanford
Open to: 

For more information, contact Joanne Tien (, Senior Program Director of Engaged Scholarship.