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Graduate Research Grants

The Luskin Center for Innovation and the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies provide annual funding to support student research and capstone projects that fit within our areas of interest. Below are details about the Graduate Research Grant program and instructions on how to apply.

The Graduate Research Grant program provides an opportunity for students to receive support for their theses, Applied Policy Projects (APP’s), Applied Planning Research Projects (APRP’s), or other capstone project specific to their department. Students who apply to the Lewis Center must demonstrate the link between their research and quality of life issues in Southern California.
The objective of the grant program is to support student projects that otherwise would not be possible without some financial or professional support. The award program offers: 1) financial support, 2) layout and design support, and 3) assistance with publicity and distribution of your project findings. Awards may include in-kind time provided by center staff (for purposes of layout and publicity assistance) to financial resources up to $4,000, or some combination.

Eligible and ineligible expenses:  
Graduate Research Grants may be used to cover direct costs associated with research, specifically data acquisition, software, production of final report, and undergraduate research assistance. The grants will not cover graduate student salaries, tuition remission, meals, or gift cards. The centers will consider requests for travel expenses only if travel is absolutely necessary for primary data collection purposes and if this need is well described in the application. Expenses need to be pre-approved before seeking reimbursement. 

Application deadline:   

January 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

NOTE: Lewis/ITS and the Luskin Center are offering a rolling application, with the first deadline on November 18 and the last deadline on January 31.  Funding priority will go to applicants who meet the first deadline with qualified projects.  

To apply, complete the online form, which requires:

1) A project description that includes research plan, methodology, and importance of research (limited to 2 pages)

2) Budget template (using provided template).

3) A copy of your resume/CV.  If applying as a group, each member should provide his/her resume/CV.

4) A copy of your UCLA transcripts (unofficial copies or screenshots of online records are acceptable).If applying as a group, each member should provide his/her transcripts.

Contact grg@lewis.ucla.edu with any questions.