Through the Graduate Summer Fellowship for Community Engaged Research, a graduate student, graduating senior or coterm student can implement or follow through on an outreach, dissemination, or "social action" component of a significant research project that they have undertaken (e.g., dissertation, MA thesis, senior honors thesis, synthesis or other academically-integrated capstone experience). In most cases, this activity will be the continuation of the student’s public dissemination plan in a manner that directly serves the interests of specific community partners or public constituencies.
Examples of such “extensions” of research include:
• Use of research to support an active organizing campaign
• Development of research beyond the thesis/qualifying paper/dissertation to support a community-identified need/project
• Development of research beyond the thesis/qualifying paper/dissertation to create an art/engineering project that supports a particular community
• A broad public dissemination plan beyond academic publishing
The Haas Center for Public Service defines public scholarship as research-based scholarly work that focuses on the social, civic, economic, educational, artistic, scientific and cultural well-being of people and places beyond the academy. Public scholarship may take a variety of forms, including public interest, public policy, design, activist/advocacy or community-based participatory research.
Graduating seniors and coterms may receive up to $7,500 to support travel, living and project-related expenses during the summer.
Graduate students may receive up to $10,000 to support travel, living and project-related expenses during the summer. You also have the option of applying for 25% time ($2,500), 50% time ($5,000) or 75% time ($7,500) if you do not plan to work on your project full time this summer and/or have other obligations. Percent time is calculated based on a 40-hour work week, and fellows will be expected to dedicate time accordingly (40 hours/week for 10 weeks at 100% time, 30 hours/week for 10 weeks at 75% time, 20 hours/week for 10 weeks at 50%time, 10 hours/week for 10 weeks at 25% time).
Fellowship commitments include the following:
- If you are traveling internationally, participate in the international service preparatory workshop (online)
- Complete all IRB requirements before project start date
- Meet with your academic mentor, community partner, and Joanne Tien, Senior Program Director of Engaged Scholarship at the Haas Center, at least once.
- Submit your work plan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Joanne Tien, Senior Program Director of Engaged Scholarship, and your community partner. All parties should sign off on the work plan and MOU. A template will be provided to you.
- Update staff with changes to contact information.
- Complete dissemination plan / project deliverables and share with both community partner and Joanne Tien, Senior Program Director of Engaged Scholarship; update accordingly.
- Submit a brief progress report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Participate in outreach activity to share your experiences and help publicize the program.
- Share the results of your research and project in a public forum (eg, conference, public presentation, etc.)
This opportunity is open to all Stanford graduate students, graduating seniors, and coterms.
Complete applications will be screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee. The application deadline has been extended to April 3, by 11:59pm.
The safety of travel to any international destination is reviewed up until time of departure. The Haas Center must adhere to the Provost’s International Travel Policy, which states that Stanford-sponsored or Stanford-organized trips that involve sending students to countries where a State Department Travel Warning has been issued is prohibited. University funds cannot be used to support travel to these locations. The U.S. Department of State posts advisories.
2020 Application Form, extended to April 3, 11:59pm. Please find the application questions here for reference, although you will need to use the Google Form for actual submission. The Google Form does not allow you to save as you go. Please make sure to log into your Stanford Google Drive to access the application (this is different than being logged into your Stanford email, which uses Outlook/Microsoft).
2020 Faculty Recommendation Form. Please find the questions here for reference, although you will need to use the Google Form for actual submission. The Google Form does not allow you to save as you go. Please make sure to log into your Stanford Google Drive to access the application (this is different than being logged into your Stanford email, which uses Outlook/Microsoft).
To complete the above application form, you will need to submit your unofficial transcript, CV/resume, and letter of support from your community partner. Please make sure to have those on hand when you begin your application. You will also need a faculty letter of support for a complete application - please use the 2020 Faculty Recommendation Form link above.
Please make sure you are signed into Google Drive in your Stanford account when you click the link to the application - you will need to be signed in to access the Google Form (and make sure to inform your recommender of this as well). Please note that being logged into your Stanford Google Drive is different than being logged into your Stanford email (since Stanford uses Outlook/Microsoft).
Please see here for answers to FAQ.
Graduate Summer Fellowship for Community Engaged Research FAQ
I can’t access the Google Form. It says it is unavailable.
Please make sure to sign in to your Stanford Google Drive. You need to be logged in to access the form. Please inform your letter writers of the same.
Will the deadline for the Graduate Summer Fellowship for Community Engaged Research be extended given the current COVID-19 situation?
Yes, we are extending the deadline until 11:59pm, April 3.
Is it necessary to include a contingency plan in case the COVID-19 situation persists through the summer?
We strongly recommend that you include a contingency plan in your application. We have added a required question to the application that asks for your contingency plan in case travel and other restrictions continue through the summer. We will be looking at strong contingency plans as an important element of the application.
Can I resubmit my application if I submitted it without a contingency plan?
Yes, we will be looking at strong contingency plans as an important element of the application.
Will international projects still be considered?
Yes, we can certainly fund international projects that remain viable (ie, you are already in the country). That would depend on your local context and whether or not it is possible to have in-person contact. Regardless, we have added a question to the application that asks for your contingency plan in case travel and other restrictions continue through the summer. We will be looking at strong contingency plans as an important element of the application.
Will this fellowship fund living expenses?
Yes, this fellowship funds project and living expenses.
Am I able to apply to this fellowship jointly with other students if we are working on a collaborative project?
Yes, but because we have limited funds, you will also need to split the amount of the stipend. You will also want to demonstrate how your respective research is both related to your joint project, since the fellowship is meant to support an extension of your research into an action plan.
What if I have more than one community partner, my project is meant to support public scholarship / a grassroots constituency (I have individual supporters but not an organization), or my community partner does not use written/English text?
The purpose of the community partner letter is to demonstrate that your project is one that is supported by, and ideally driven by your CP, with their collaboration. If a CP letter does not make the most sense in your situation, please submit an alternative that still demonstrates the above qualifications. You are welcome to submit multiple letters if you have multiple partners/supporters. You are also welcome to submit something that is not an actual letter but demonstrates that your CP supports and is involved in your project. A strong demonstration of support by your community partner/a public constituency will go a long way in your application.
Will this fellowship support my project?
This fellowship is designed to support the extension of research into a social action / project dissemination plan. You will want to have a strong case of both your existing research, and how this project extends it. You will want to discuss the relationship between your research and this project, and how it applies your research in ways to support a community / the public. Your project should also articulate its social justice / public benefit goals. Your research does not need to be in the form of a dissertation or thesis - but, you do need to be able to articulate your research project, its key questions, methods, preliminary findings, etc. If you are not sure if your work is considered “research,” please describe how research is understood in your specific field.
The fellowship is open to all graduating seniors, coterms, and graduate students, including MA, PhD, MD, and JD students.
If your project meets the above qualifications, then yes, the fellowship supports your project.
What if my project began before the fellowship and will continue after the fellowship?
That is ideal! The more you can demonstrate your existing commitment to and work on this project the better! Having already begun the project and having elements of this in place will be a strong demonstration of this existing commitment. Please detail these elements in your application. If you anticipate your project will extend beyond the fellowship, include those plans as well and make clear which phase of your overall project this fellowship will fund (ie, phase 2 of 5 - one complete, 3 to go).
Can this fellowship fund projects affiliated with Stanford or another university?
The involvement of a university is not a problem. However, this fellowship is not meant to fund university research projects (for those, we would expect Stanford or the university to fund themselves). For example, if you are a doctoral student working with a PI on a part of their research, we would expect the PI to fund you as a research assistant. However, if this is your own project, you would be eligible (this is meant to be funding for student research/projects).
For more information, please contact Joanne Tien, Senior Program Director Director of Engaged Scholarship at the Haas Center.