CPL Graduate Fellowship Grants

In an effort to encourage UC graduate students to study policy-relevant research topics, CPL invites applications for fellowships to work on research projects using California administrative data or other CPL datasets.

The fellowship grants will cover a student’s salary and, if applicable, fee remission for an entire semester/quarter or summer term. Graduate students may apply for themselves, and faculty may also apply and use the fellowship grant to fund a graduate student of their choosing. Fellowships may be renewable for students making demonstrable progress, pending funding availability. Preference will be given to cross-campus and interdisciplinary research.

What projects are eligible?
Fellowship projects must make use of California administrative data. Check out our California Data Roadmap for a good place to start. We encourage fellows to make use of the data and agency relationships already developed by CPL, including:

State Agencies

Department of Social Services
Community college system
Franchise Tax Board
Department of Justice
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Los Angeles agencies

Homeless Services Authority
Department of Public Social Services
Info Hub (formerly known as Enterprise Linkages Project)
And more

Other counties

Sonoma County — linked data from several departments (health, behavioral health, homelessness, criminal justice, social services)
San Francisco — linked data from several departments (criminal justice, health, behavioral health)

Other datasets

Medicare and Medicaid data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), available under the Health Data Access Initiative (HDAI)
LA’s homelessness management information system (HMIS) data available under the Homelessness Research Accelerator Data Hub
Consumer credit data available in the University of California Consumer Credit Panel (UC-CCP)

Importantly, student project ideas do not always align with agency priorities, and CPL cannot guarantee that any desired project will launch. But we may be helpful in getting projects off the ground. If you have questions about potential projects, reach out to gradfellowships@capolicylab.org.

Who is eligible?
We encourage applications from graduate students currently enrolled in Masters or PhD programs at any of the UC campuses.

Faculty are eligible to submit ideas, though the fellowship will go to the graduate student who works on the selected project.

With a mission to improve the lives of a diverse population, CPL recognizes the value of diversity in everything our organization does. We especially encourage applications from students or faculty of color and members of marginalized communities.

Fellows will work independently from CPL staff. We will provide financial support and, in some cases, infrastructural support.

Compensation
Students are eligible for up to 50% during the academic terms, and 100% over the summer. Whenever students are eligible (generally above 25% time during the academic year), fellowships will cover fee remission as well. More on GSR salaries here.

The payment “step” will be the higher of: (a) the student’s current or former step in a prior UC position or (b) the CPL default policy. The default policy starts first-year PhD students at Step 5 and first-year Masters students at Step 3. The step increases at one step per year in the program.

How to apply?
Apply by submitting this form. Deadlines are 12pm on the following dates through the end of 2024, when funding expires. If the date falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday. Application review may take up to 6 weeks.

For summer fellowships: March 31st
For fall (quarter or semester) fellowships: July 15th
For winter quarter or spring semester fellowships: November 30th
For spring quarter fellowships: February 15th

The number of fellowships available each year will vary, but will generally be between 5 and 10.

This program and other opportunities are promoted via the CPL newsletter www.capolicylab.org/newsletter-signup

Questions?
Reach out to gradfellowships@capolicylab.org.

 

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