Grant Opportunities

Summer 2017 UCSC Blum Scholar Grant Awards have been made [see here]
+/- 10 awards up to $2,000 each
This award competition has ended.  Please check back in winter 2018 for next year's call. 

The UCSC Blum Scholars award program enables undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a community-based research project either domestically or abroad that addresses poverty, social enterprise, or participatory governance. 

Award: Student grants are limited to a maximum of $2,000 for community-based work completed in the summer months (June – September). The award will serve as a stipend to help cover transportation costs (air and ground), lodging and meals. 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 already received Blum Scholar funding. 

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 May 15, 2017 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, 2017 by email. Apresentation of findings will take place in the following fall or winter quarter.If your proposal is awarded, applicants may need to apply for IRB approval/exemption and fill out awaiver of liability.  
For Additional Questions Contact: Lisa Nishioka, Program Manager,


Deadline: May 4, 2017, 5pm (EST)

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