Undergraduate Student Grants Program

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) at the University of California Berkeley, announces the availability of grants of $100 to $1,000 to fund undergraduates for research or creative projects that address issues of race and gender. Topics should be consonant with CRG’s mandate to support critical student research on race, gender, and their intersections in a wide variety of social, cultural, and institutional contexts, especially on the Berkeley campus and its neighboring communities, but also in California, the nation, or the world.  Proposals that address both race and gender will be prioritized, and proposals that do not address race at all will be de-prioritized. Projects may be oriented toward academic research or may approach race and gender issues from the perspectives of the media, fine arts, and performing arts.  For a list of recent grant recipients and their projects, go here.

ELIGIBILITY: Applications can be submitted by any Berkeley undergraduate not graduating at the end of the semester. Applications are particularly sought from students majoring in areas where race and gender issues have not previously been of major concern, such as Public Health, Education, Economics, Business, Journalism, Political Science, and Environmental Science, as well as areas where they have been more central.

GUIDELINES: Grants are intended to fund students' own independent research, rather than contributory research for a broader faculty project.  We encourage students to include a specific research question that they hope to answer in their proposals.  For creative projects, we ask students to include a thesis statement for their project and a critical race and/or gender analysis for why the project is important.  Strong proposals will include a critical race and/or gender analysis.  We recommend sending a draft of your proposal to your faculty mentor with enough time to incorporate their feedback.

GRANT PERIOD AND USE OF FUNDS: Grants will be awarded for periods of up to six months from the start date.  Funds may be used for direct costs related to the proposed project, such as travel to archival or ethnographic research sites; supplies and services; equipment rental; or token payments for research subjects.  Funds may not be used for equipment purchase, personal stipend, living expenses, conference attendance, or educational travel.  Grant payments will be in the form of reimbursements for expenses.

GRANTEE REPORTING: Grant recipients will be responsible for submitting a brief midterm report of their progress along with the faculty mentor’s evaluation of the project’s progress to date.  Grant recipients are required to submit a final report within two weeks of the end of the grant period containing:

  1. an itemized expense report
  2. a statement of what was accomplished
  3. the faculty mentor’s evaluation of the project   

Grant recipients may be asked to present their projects at a CRG Forum and their project description may appear in CRG’s newsletter, FaultLines, and CRG’s website.

Please e-mail the following information as a PDF or Word document to rng2@berkeley.edu by the application deadline!

Student Applicant:

  • Student Information and Agreement form (form can be downloaded below)
  • 1-2 page project description – in the project description, please make a case for why the funds are needed for your project
  • Undergraduate students working with research subjects should check with the Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects to learn if you need CPHS approval. If you do not need CPHS approval but are working with human subjects, please note in your proposal that you've read the CPHS document, Ethical Issues in Undergraduate Research Activities with Human Participants, and briefly note how you will apply these best practices to your project.
  • Timeline for project completion
  • Budget proposal
  • Other sources of funding, if applicable

Faculty Mentor

  • Faculty Mentor Information and Agreement Form (form can be downloaded below)
  • Letter of support from a faculty mentor

APPLICATION DEADLINE:Spring 2017 deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017 by 3:00 p.m.
If you do not receive confirmation of receipt within 3 days of sending your proposal, please inquire with Alisa Bierria at abierria@berkeley.edu.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards will be announced within three weeks of the deadline.

DOWNLOAD Spring 2017 Undergraduate Student Grant Form
DOWNLOAD Spring 2017 Faculty Mentor Form

INQUIRIES: Direct inquiries to rng2@berkeley.edu