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Service Learning Fellowship 9/ 11/ 2020 10/2/2020 11/6/2020 12/4/2020 1/22/2021
Community-Based Research Mini-Grant 9/ 11/ 2020 10/2/2020 11/6/2020 12/4/2020 1/22/2021
Establishing Community Partnerships Grant 11/6/2020 1/22/2021 N/A N/A  


Service Learning Fellowships 2020-2021

The Fellowship program is designed to support faculty in developing service learning opportunities for CSUSB students. Service Learning Fellows can use these funds to infuse service learning into an existing CSUSB course or to develop a new course with a strong service learning component. 

Goals of the Service Learning Fellowship Program:

  1. Provide significant service learning experiences to CSUSB students that relate to their personal growth and enhance their learning.
  2. Provide students with service learning experiences that directly address a community need.
  3. Advance community-university partnerships that bring resources to Inland Empire communities.
  4. Promote the institutionalization of high-quality service learning opportunities at CSUSB.

Who can apply? Service Learning Fellowships are open to any CSUSB faculty member.

Funds: Applicants may request up to $2,000. Funds may be used for student assistants, supplies, duplicating, postage, equipment, conferences registration/fees, and other budgetary categories that support integration of service learning. International travel is not an allowable expense. All funds must be spent according to the submitted budget and CSUSB policies and procedures. Decisions on funding are typically announced two weeks after the application due date, with funding to follow.

Apply for Service Learning Fellowship

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Community-Based Research Mini-Grant Program 2020-2021

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) offers faculty mini-grants up to $5,000 to support community-based research projects, i.e., the application of knowledge through research to the solution of problems confronting Inland Empire communities. The mini-grant program is to all CSUSB and CSUSB-PDC faculty.

Proposals are invited for a wide-range of research activities. Proposals must:

  • begin with the identification of a community partner and a specific community need
  • involve faculty and members of an agency/organization working together to define the problem to be examined, co-generating relevant knowledge, and executing research techniques
  • include activities that result in a research paper or creative work submitted for publication


Grantee will be expected to:

  • Design a community-based scholarship project following IRB guidelines and procedures.
  • Provide a copy of the research paper or creative work to OCE and to the community partner.

Award Amount, Use and Grant Period:

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The grant period is one year from the date of award, but can be extended upon approval of written extension request. Typical uses of mini-grant funds include: research resources (books, journals), supplies, duplication, postage, student assistants, and/or conference fees (conference must be relevant to proposal.) International travel is not allowed with mini-grant funds.

Apply for CBR Mini-Grant

Apply for PDC CBR Mini-Grant


Establishing Community Partnerships Grant

The Establishing Community Partnerships Grant supports faculty in their efforts to establish new community partnerships and/or further develop existing partnerships. Important to any community-based research and/or teaching is a strong relationship with a community partner. These relationships are built on trust, and through substantial investments of time. 

This grant program offers faculty substantial support in their efforts to develop community partnerships as a first step to other community engagement strategies, including but not limited to community-based learning and service learning both in formal classes and in other teaching-related activities (research teams, internships, independent study, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities), as well as in community-based and community participatory research, scholarly, and creative activities.


Award Eligibility and Amount,:

Establishing Community Partnership Grants are open to any full-time CSUSB and CSUSB-PDC faculty member.

Mini-grants of up to $3,000 for faculty professional development will be awarded. All funds must be spent in accordance with CSU and CSUSB policies and procedures.


Grant Selection:

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Impact – The proposed partnership addresses a well-defined community need and will provide benefits to the community partner.

Viability – The proposed partnership will benefit the faculty’s future teaching or research/scholarship/creative activities agenda.

Please remember the focus of the grant should be establishing and developing the relationship with the partner in a collaborative way. This project is to work directly with the community partner as a scholar, not to pay students to do internships or to conduct research on your behalf as other community engagement grants might support.


Apply for the Partnerships Grant