Small Grants Program

As a leading research center dedicated to developing and sharing knowledge that can create positive social change, Stanford PACS is committed to supporting and nurturing promising new scholars interested in the study of philanthropy or civil society. In this spirit, the center offers applications to the Small Grants Program twice yearly to support student research in related areas. In addition to financial support, we also invite our Small Grants awardees to engage with the broader Stanford PACS community and learn from established scholars, practitioners, and leaders of social change.

The call for spring quarter applications is now open. The deadline to apply is 5pm Friday, May 17th.


All Stanford students are welcome to apply. The grant tends to support social science research led by doctoral students. Exceptional undergraduate and masters’ students doing research for their honors theses or capstone projects may also apply.


The grant provides funding support up to $4,000. Eligible expenses include research costs related to research travel expenses, participant recruitment and compensation, database purchases, transcription or translation services, or other expenses directly related to data collection and analysis.

Application Requirements

Complete applications will include the following:

  1. Short proposal (2p max, single spaced) describing your research topic and process. Please be sure to note the connection to work at PACS. If you are co-applying, please be sure to clarify respective roles.
  2. Itemized budget that explains what the funds would support. You may include the broader project budget, if relevant, and how these funds would complement the overall budget and other funding sources.
  3. Curriculum vitae.
  4. Letter of recommendation from your project advisor.

Submit proposals here. Project advisors should send recommendation letters to Lisa Overbey at loverbey@stanford.edu with “PACS Small Grants” in the subject line.


Friday, May 17th at 5pm


All applicants will be notified of their status in early June.


If you have questions, please contact Lisa Overbey at loverbey@stanford.edu