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2021-22 Community-Based Research Fellowship

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The Community-Based Research Fellowship supports teams of faculty, students, and community partners in conducting research that addresses community-identified needs. This year, the fellowship will be open to both undergraduate and MA students. 

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; 5) centers the experiences and empowerment of oppressed communities; and 6) includes a commitment to 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 a student; 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 undergraduate students, faculty, and community partners, to address community-identified needs.

  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.

Undergraduate Students: Full-time stipends will be $7,500 + up to $1,500 need-based supplement (if student qualifies). Fellows are required to engage in 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer quarter.

MA Students: Full-time stipends will be a total of $7,500. Fellows are required to engage in 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer quarter.

*Co-term students would be eligible as an "undergraduate" or "MA" student depending on the type of tuition they are paying during the spring quarter, 2022. 

Students can apply for either a "student-initiated" project or a pre-designed "community-initiated" project. Students applying for "student-initiated" projects, should have their own community partner, and their own research question / project in mind. For students who do not already have a community partner or research question in mind, students can also apply for pre-designed "community-initiated" projects. These are pre-existing community-based projects hosted by faculty mentors. Students who want to develop research skills, learn about community-based research, and gain faculty mentorship, are welcome to pick from this list of pre-designed projects. Students can indicate in their application if they are applying for a "student-initiated" or pre-designed, faculty-mentored, "community-initiated" project. (Though MA students are welcome to apply for community-initiated projects, undergraduate students will be given priority. MA students are encouraged to apply for student-initiated projects). 

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


Proposal requirements include:

  1. A completed application 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 (only required for student-initiated projects)
  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.  


Spring Quarter

Students awarded a fellowship are required to enroll in the spring quarter course, URBANST123B/CSRE146B: Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methods to help prepare them for their community-based fieldwork experiences. CCSRE and 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
  • midpoint and final project report

Autumn Quarter

Students present their research and field questions during the annual Stanford Engaged Scholars Symposium 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 CCSRE, 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.​



  • Availability: Undergraduate, co-term, and MA students are eligible to apply. This is a full-time summer research opportunity for Summer Quarter 2022. You will also be required to take a spring quarter course, and present at a fall quarter research symposium. 
  • Time Commitment: Full-time is defined as 35+ hours per week in 10 consecutive weeks, i.e., it is the student's primary activity that quarter.
  • Outside Commitments and Concurrent Course Enrollment: 
    • Other Stanford funding: A student may only receive one full-time Stanford-funded experiential learning opportunity 
      • Grant recipients are not permitted to engage in another full-time internship, job, or volunteer opportunity (whether funded by Stanford or otherwise), unless their faculty mentor(s) or program coordinator(s) have approved these arrangements. This includes:
        • Major Grant
        • Chappell Lougee Scholarship
        • Beagle II
        • Haas Summer Fellowship/Cardinal Quarter
        • Stanford Seed
        • Departmental Grant-supported summer research position
        • Faculty Grant-supported summer research position
        • Other full-time summer fellowship or internship
      • The above opportunities represent a significant time commitment and are intended to support a student’s unique full-time effort on a project
  • Students may not receive both academic units and a stipend for any single project activity.
  • Please note violations of Undergraduate Fellowship program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards.

Project Eligibility During COVID-19

Policies regarding travel, in-person, and remote work for the 2021-22 program will be forthcoming based on University policy. 

The Community-Based Research Fellowship is jointly supported by both VPUE and the Cardinal Quarter Program. As such, the Community-Based Research Fellowship adheres to all policies and eligibility requirements outlined by VPUE and Cardinal Quarter:
• VPUE's Eligibility Requirements for All Applicants
• Information on stipends and grants
• Cardinal Quarter's full policies and eligibility requirements






February 11, 2022 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

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Offered By

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Haas Center for Public Service
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