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.
Student applicants are highly encouraged to enroll in the Winter Urban Studies course entitled URBANST123 (CSRE146A): Approaching Research in the Community, and students who are awarded fellowships are expected to enroll in the spring course URBANST123B (CSRE146B) : Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methods.
The CBRFP has three primary goals:
- Provide resources for community-based research teams that comprise faculty, undergraduate students and community partners.
- Deepen the connection between faculty and undergraduate students engaged in community-based research.
- 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 $7,000 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).
Student are highly encouraged to enroll in the Winter 2017 course entitled URBANST123/CSRE146A: Approaching Research in the Community if planning to apply for community-based summer research fellowships through the Haas Center for Public Service (Community-based Research Fellowship Program) or CRSE (Community Research Summer Internship). You may apply for either fellowship without taking this course, but those students who successfully complete it will be given priority for the avaiable CBRFP fellowships.
Students awarded a fellowship are expected 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.
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
- two reflective blog posts
- mid-term progress report
- final project report
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.
Successful proposals include:
1. A completed application (via SOLO) that:
- Presents a well-defined research project that warrants a community-based research approach, and
- Incorporates best practices and principles of campus-community partnerships (e.g., Principles of Partnerships and the Haas Center's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information, contact Clayton Hurd, director of public service research at the Haas Center for Public Service.