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Graduate Research Mini-Grants

Graduate Research Mini-Grants at the Research Institute of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE) support research on race or ethnicity by Stanford doctoral students. The mini-grants will be available in increments of up to $5,000 and are expected to be used in the designated quarter.

Funded activities must be directly connected to a student’s dissertation project. Grants may be used to support fieldwork, conference travel to present research findings, material costs, data analysis, and archival work, but they may not be used to pay tuition, cover general living expenses, or hire support (e.g., transcription services or undergraduate workers). Students should only apply to support research that they are personally spearheading and should not apply to support faculty-led projects.

At the conclusion of the grant period, students are expected to provide a brief account of their research to be published on the Center website and newsletter.


  • All current Stanford doctoral students are eligible to apply; preference will be given to CSRE PhD Minors, CCSRE Graduate Fellows, and CCSRE instructors
  • Grant recipients must be registered students during the quarter in which they receive funding
  • Applicants’ research or initiative must advance the study of race and/or ethnicity
  • Prior applicants may reapply for funding for different projects or may resubmit improved versions of earlier submissions
  • Applicants should not request grant funds for expenses already covered by other sources and they should disclose any pending applications that request funding to cover the same expenses.  

Important Dates

Summer applications are now open! 

Summer applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from June 1st-July 31st.

Autumn applications will open September 1st.

Application Requirements

  • Project Proposal:  1- to 2-page project proposal summarizing the project’s research questions, methods, and emerging findings (if applicable), as well as a plan for using the grant funding.
  • Budget: itemized budget of all research-related expenses.
  • Budget Justification: list all anticipated sources of funding; it should indicate which budget items are to be supported by these funds and which are covered by other sources; it should also note any other funding and whether other applications for funding have been submitted and/or awarded.
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial Transcript (current)
  • Letter of Recommendation: submitted independently by the applicant’s dissertation advisor or dissertation committee member.

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Recommendation Letters

An application will not be considered complete until we receive the letter of recommendation. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that their letter of recommendation is submitted directly by the recommender.

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  • International students may have taxes deducted before stipend funds are released.
  • Stipends may be considered taxable for the recipient. The tax obligation varies according to the student’s total income, dependency status, treaty status for international students, and individual circumstances.
  • Residents of certain countries may be able to claim a tax treaty benefit for reduced federal taxation.
  • For assistance with tax withholding, tax treaty and tax form issues, submit a Support Request and visit this Student Services website page for more tax information.
  • Student Financial Services, the Bechtel International Center, and Stanford’s Fingate provide additional information regarding tax considerations.


If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, please contact Kenia Blanco Álvarez, Research Institute Coordinator, at keniab [at] stanford.edu (keniab[at]stanford[dot]edu).