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Public Scholars for the Future

About the Program

Applications due: March 7, 2022

UC Davis Public Scholarship and Engagement and Graduate Studies have partnered together to launch a new program to support doctoral students who are interested in developing their community engaged research with non-university partners. The aim of the program is to integrate community-centered theories, methods and techniques into the practice of the next generation of public scholars. Key to this is community engagement, which can be defined as a collaborative process with a specific community (i.e., place, practice, identity, and/or interest) that centers on a common goal or outcome and defined by reciprocal and mutually-beneficial relationships. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to incorporate community engagement into their disciplinary field of study, research design and methods. 

This is an interdisciplinary cohort-based program open to graduate students in any UC Davis college or school who plan to register for in-person instruction in the 2022 spring quarter. 

The program requires participation in the following:

  • A two unit, 10-week seminar during the 2022 spring quarter where students collectively engage in readings and discussions focused on theories, methodologies and practices of community-engaged research. The seminar is tentatively scheduled from 10am-12pm on Wednesdays at the Davis campus.
  • One-on-one mentoring by UC Davis faculty public scholars during the summer of 2022.

Students who successfully complete the program will be awarded $750 for research support via the transfer of funds to a university account.


Eligible individuals include doctoral students who are developing a research proposal that includes a community-engaged component or has an existing community-engaged research project associated with their field of study. Applications will be reviewed based upon the criteria below for acceptance into the program.

To qualify for the Public Scholars for the Future Program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate a clear interest in and dedication to community-engaged scholarship
  • Have a proposed project that is appropriate for mentorship and incorporation into the coursework
  • Enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in 2022 spring quarter
  • Can commit to in-person discussions

Submit an Application