Student Resources

Each year, we employ and support dozens of students to conduct cutting-edge environmental policy research, support community organizations, and further their professional development.

We regularly hire student assistants and graduate student researchers. If you are a current UCLA student interested in joining LCI, please see our Team page. Then, contact the LCI team member(s) — most aligned with your interests — about available employment openings.

If you are prospective or current UCLA Luskin student interested in applying to one of our funding programs, please see the following opportunities described in more detail below:

  • Research Fellowships (for prospective students to support decisions to enroll at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)
  • Environmental Justice Field Fellowships (for current UCLA Luskin students, undergraduate and graduate who have at least one year of school left to complete and want intern to with an environmental justice organization)
  • Graduate Research Grants (for second year Luskin master degree students to support capstone projects)

Research Fellowships

We offer two types of research fellowships for prospective graduate students:

  1. The Research Fellowship for Environmental Policy Innovation is offered to prospective students with a demonstrated interest in environmental planning and policy analysis.
  2. The Research Fellowship for Environmental Justice is offered to prospective students motivated to address environmental racism and other inequities.

Eligibility and application process

Open to prospective students applying to a graduate degree program at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Prospective students apply as part of the departments’ standard degree application. In the application, make sure to indicate interest in receiving a fellowship from the Luskin Center for Innovation.

Encouraged to apply are students of color, first-generation students, or others interested in conducting research or applied work in environmental sustainability, including but not limited to the field of environmental justice and equity.

Award amount and expectations

Research Fellows receive a paid graduate student research (GSR) position at the Luskin Center for Innovation during the first year of their graduate degree program. The fellowship value is approximately $6,500 for two quarters, depending on exact employment placement and project length. If funding permits, we may also cover tuition reimbursement. Students who receive the Research Fellowship for Environmental Justice may decide to conduct their research with a community-based organization instead of at UCLA.

Field Fellowship for Environmental Justice

2021-22 fellows include:

This fellowship program continues and expands the center’s commitment to supporting first-generation Bruins, students of color, and other emerging environmental leaders.

The fellowships also support environmental justice organizations that host the students as interns. Through action-oriented projects, fellows learn from and collaborate with communities of color to realize healthier, more sustainable, and livable environments.


Open to current UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs graduate and undergraduate students.

Application timeline

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will open during February or March, 2022.

Types of host organizations

Fellows collaborate with nonprofit organizations committed to environmental equity and justice. We invite several partners to participate, and applicants can select/rank which organization(s) and project(s) are of interest. Applicants can also identify an environmental organization of their own that they would like to collaborate with. The internship may be virtual or in-person, based on health guidelines and organizational needs.

Host organizations during the 2021-22 year include: Better World Group/Clean Transportation Coalition; Communities for a Better Environment; East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice; Pacoima Beautiful; and Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA.


Fellows may be matched with a mentor. Mentors provide advice on the fellowship project and career guidance.

Award amount and expectations

  • $3,000 stipend for undergraduate students who work at least 220 hours with their client
  • $6,500 stipend for graduate students who meet their department’s internship hour requirements

Selection criteria

As part of the application, students provide a well-written statement that explains why they want to collaborate with a specific organization and how doing so would advance their career goals. The review committee will evaluate candidates based on demonstrated passion and leadership potential for environmental justice or sustainability.

Additional information

The fellowship could be used as part of a Luskin graduate student’s capstone project.

Graduate Research Grants

The Graduate Research Grant program provides an opportunity for Luskin School Graduate students to receive support for their theses, Applied Policy Projects (APP’s), Applied Planning Research Projects (APRP’s), or other capstone projects specific to their department. The objective of the grant program is to support student projects that otherwise would not be possible without some financial or professional support.


Open to current UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs graduate and undergraduate students.

Application Timeline

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. The application period is typically during the fall quarter.

Award amount and expectations

The award program offers:

  • Funding for direct costs associated with the research project.
  • Funding to 501(c)3-6 community-based organizations involved in the student-led research. This funding could be used to compensate staff for their time in advising the research and compensate community members who participate in the research as survey respondents or interviewees.
  • Report layout and design support.
  • Assistance with publicity and distribution of project findings.

Awards may include in-kind time provided by center staff and/or financial resources up to $5,000.

2020-2021 awardees include:

Other Opportunities and Resources

In addition to directly providing opportunities for students, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation seeks to connect Bruins with external opportunities that can further their interest in environmental sustainability. The internships, research programs, and organizations below can provide students with opportunities to preserve and restore California’s environment.