Grant Opportunities


Extended Deadline is April 10, 2020 

+/- 10 awards up to $3,000 each

The UCSC Blum Scholars program provides funding to undergraduate and graduate students to conduct community-based research projects either domestically or abroad that addresses poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance. Approximately ten awards are granted annually.

Award: Student grants are limited to a maximum of $3,000 for community-based work completed in the summer months (June – September). The award serves as a stipend to cover project expenses related to travel (e.g., air and ground, lodging, meals) and/or research (e.g., participant compensation, photocopying). Any equipment purchased with the award must be returned to the UCSC Blum Center for use by future Blum Scholars.

Eligibility: Funding is offered to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing at UC Santa Cruz. Students must return for at least one quarter after completing their project and participate in a public event highlighting their work. Funding is not available for use for EAP, UC Summer Abroad, or to individuals that have previously received Blum Scholar funding. Equipment is generally not funded when rental options are available.

Evaluation Criteria: Student applicants should describe a specific community-based project, how the project aligns with the Blum Center, outline a budget, and develop a realistic time frame for completion. A strong proposal will include a clear description of the project’s objective, anticipated outcomes, and how the work is to be carried out. Examination of the applicant's research interests, relevant background skills, experience, goals and their alignment with the UCSC Blum Center's mission will all be determinants of award evaluation.  Examination of the applicant's research interests, relevant background skills, experience, goals and their alignment with the UCSC Blum Center's mission will all be determinants of award evaluation.

The following requirements are essential to being considered for a Blum Scholar award.

1. A complete and on-time online application submitted by 11:59pm US Pacific time on April 10, 2020 to the online form at:

2. A brief letter of recommendation from a faculty member sent to by the application deadline.

3. A brief letter of sponsorship by a community organization supervisor or mentor sent to by the application deadline.

4. A final project report with at least 5 photos, due on or before October 1, 2020 by email. A presentation of findings will take place in the following fall or winter quarter.

If your proposal is awarded, applicants must apply for IRB approval/exemption and fill out a waiver of liability. We suggest you begin the IRB process as soon as possible.


If you are interested, see past awardees here.

For Additional Questions Contact: Lisa Nishioka, Program Manager,