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CBR Fellowship
Fellowship / internship

Community-Based Research Fellowship Program

Quarter-long full-time
Arts & Media, 
Education & Youth Development, 
Environmental Sustainability, 
Human Rights, 
Law, Policy & Justice, 
Socio-Economic Prosperity, 
Technology & Engineering

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

What is community-based research?

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

  • relies on cooperation and communication between all research partners;
  • validates multiple sources of knowledge;
  • promotes the use of multiple methods of discovery;
  • pursues diverse means for disseminating research findings; and
  • 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.

CBR Fellowship 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.


The Community-Based Research Fellowship is funded through VPUE. VPUE's stipends for Full-Time Undergraduate Research Grants will be calculated for each individual student as the sum of three components. The final amount you receive for the fellowship will be determined based on these three factors. You can receive $5,000–$9,000 depending on the factors listed below. Most CBR Fellows will receive $5,000–$6,500. This method is intended to direct additional resources to the projects and students that need them most; no student participating in an on-campus project will receive less than in previous years, and most students with high financial need will receive more.



Core Stipend1


Need-based supplement, based on information from the Financial Aid Office2

Up to $1500, depending on the Financial Aid Office's assessment

Location-based supplement, based on where the student will live when the funded project takes place

  • $0 for remote projects3
  • $1250 for projects at a domestic field site
  • $2500 for projects at an international field
  • $2500 for projects taking place on campus

1 The core stipend is intended to help support basic living expenses, basic project expenses, and student earnings expectations (if any).  

2 Students who wish to be considered for the need-based supplement must give VPUE permission to ask the Financial Aid Office for an assessment of the student's financial need. No actual financial information is revealed to VPUE, and students do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office directly. 

3 "Remote" means the project does not depend on any particular location, and that the student is able to work on the project while living at home.



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.

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. 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. (During the 20-21 academic year, the luncheon may be cancelled or hosted virtually).

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 Scholarship 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 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.

How to Apply

Successful proposals include:
  1. A completed application via SOLO (coming soon) that:
    • Presents a well-defined research project that warrants a community-based research approach;
    • Incorporates best practices and principles of campus-community partnerships (e.g.,Principles of Partnershipsand the Haas Center'sPrinciples of Ethical and Effective Service);
    • Includes a remote contingency plan. For the time being, all CBR projects must be able to be completed remotely. 
  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 must be 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 the form link (coming soon) with your faculty sponsor, and ask them to submit it by the application deadline.


  • Availability: This is a full-time summer research opportunity for Summer Quarter 2021. 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.
  • Flex Term Requirement: Students can only be awarded a full-time VPUE Department/Faculty Grant in Summer 2021 by taking a Flex Term.
    • Students must have completed two full-time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their full-time VPUE Department/Faculty Grant begins - these quarters do not have to be consecutive.
    • If a student wants to participate in a full-time VPUE Faculty/Department project in Summer 2021, they must be enrolled full-time in at least 2 quarters out of Autumn, Winter, or Spring (does not have to be consecutive quarters)
    • Students are only allowed 1 Flex Term per academic year.
    • International students must consult with Bechtel before attempting to take a Flex Term without three quarters of full-time enrollment first.
  • Outside Commitments and Concurrent Course Enrollment: 
    • Other Stanford funding: A student may only receive one full-time Stanford-funded experiential learning opportunity in the 2020-21 academic year
      • Full-time VPUE Faculty/Department Grant student recipients are not permitted to engage in another full-time internship, job, or volunteer opportunity (whether funded by Stanford or otherwise), including but not limited to:
        • 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.
  • Students are permitted to enroll in up to five units of coursework during the Flex Term in which they are engaging in a full-time VPUE Faculty/Department Grant project
  • Full-time VPUE Faculty/Department Grant recipients are permitted to work at an additional internship, job, or volunteer position for no more than 10 hours per week.   If a student is enrolling in coursework, then the student is not permitted to engage in any additional internship/work/volunteer opportunities.
  • While full-time VPUE Faculty/Department Grant recipients are permitted to work at an additional 10 hours per week, these additional hours cannot be funded with an alternate VPUE Department/Faculty Grant 
  • Students who receive a full-time VPUE Faculty/Department Grant cannot enroll in five units and work 10 hours per week during a Flex Term synchronously
  • 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 2020-21 program will be forthcoming based on University policy. As of September 2020, all Undergraduate Fellowships program applications must include a remote option. This remote option must not involve any in-person engagement and any local, domestic, or international travel. We understand that levels of COVID-19 risk and related local guidelines vary by region, but at this point no exceptions will be made.


Autumn, Spring, Summer


February 1, 2021 | 11:59 PM

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Offered By

Haas Center for Public Service
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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