Stanford PACS supports student research by awarding small grants on a quarterly basis to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing original research related to philanthropy, social innovation, civic engagement, democracy, and other related topics.

Please see the appropriate section for details about the grants.

Small Grants

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 and civil society. In this spirit, the center offers a number of small grants each quarter to support student research in related areas. These grants typically support undergraduate honors theses, masters’ students’ capstone projects, and doctoral student research.

In addition to financial support, we also invite our small grants recipients to engage with the broader Stanford PACS community and learn from established scholars, practitioners and leaders of social change. It offers students the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with Stanford PACS and enables them to chart productive careers in the study or practice of philanthropy.


Stanford PACS small grants welcome applications from all Stanford students. The grant typically supports undergraduate honors theses, masters’ students’ capstone projects, and doctoral student research. Eligible expenses could include database purchases, travel expenses, conference fees, telephone costs or other expenses related to data collection and analysis. 


The grant amounts typically range from $500 to $2,500 to undergraduate and graduate Stanford students who are pursuing research related to philanthropy or civil society.


Complete applications will include the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. A one-to-two-page proposal describing your research topic and process. Please be sure to note the connection to work at PACS.
  3. An itemized budget that explains what the funds would support.
  4. A letter of recommendation from your project advisor.


Fall 2022 small grants deadline is 5pm Oct. 31, 2022.  Submit proposals here and have your project advisors send your letters to grwang@stanford.edu.


All applicants will be notified of their status by Nov. 18th. 


If you have questions, please contact Anh Le at anhl@stanford.edu.