HAAS COMMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH (CBR) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Haas Community-Based Research Fellowship Program supports teams of students, community partners, and faculty mentors collaborating in 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 CBR fellowships are required to enroll in the spring course URBANST123B (CSRE146B) : Approaching Research in the Community - Design and Methods.
The Haas CBR Fellowship Program has three primary goals:
- Provide resources for community-based research teams that comprise undergraduate students, community partners, and faculty mentors.
- 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 $7,500 for 10 weeks of full-time research during the summer quarter. Community Partners who participate in the Haas Center's CBR fellowship also receive a $1,000 stipend.
The fellowship is jointly funded by the Haas Center for Public Service and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE).
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
The CCSRE Community-Based Research (CBR) Fellowship is an initiative of the Center sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The internship program aims to facilitate the integration of undergraduate students into innovative research experiences that delve expressly into community issues. Enhancing this experience through faculty mentorship, students will be supported to develop a research internship that is community-based, community supported, and that includes an analysis that engages issues of race and ethnicity.
The selection of the summer interns will be based on the degree to which the proposed internship will:
- Expand and augment the student’s major course of study.
- Integrate the student in a substantive and meaningful way into the work of a community organization committed to public service, public policy, and/or community development.
- Provide valuable experience for career considerations and/or advanced study or projects such as an honors thesis.
- Benefit the community served.
Priorities for CSRE fellowship funding are students:
- Majoring in an undergraduate program affiliated with CCSRE (i.e., African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Comparative Studies, and/or Native American Studies).
- Whose proposed community research includes an analysis of race and ethnicity as a central theme.
- Are continuing an existing personal or institutional relationship with a community partner
NOTE: Please visit their site for more information, CSRE Community-Based Research Fellowships. Students wishing to apply for the Haas Center and/or CSRE CBR fellowships must use the same common application (via SOLO).
Proposal requirements include:
- A completed application that:
- 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 .
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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 directly support honors thesis research. Honors students should seek funding through UAR’s Student Grants Program.