2024 Grant Application

The UCSC Center for Labor and Community (CLC) is a dynamic new hub for high-impact research and policy advocacy on issues related to the world of work in the Central Coast region of California and beyond.  The CLC will award four research grants of up to $7,500 for UCSC graduate students working on innovative, original research projects focused on labor rights, labor subjectivities, labor markets, labor movements, and/or labor-community coalitions and organizing, in either a domestic, international or comparative context. Proposals that are interdisciplinary, collaborative,  and/or involve community-engaged research methods will be especially welcomed.

Funds can be used for local, domestic, and international travel,  research supplies, and services to facilitate distinct data collection techniques, including archival research, fieldwork, and surveying. The funds should be spent by the end of Summer 2024 (September 21, 2024).


Any graduate student in good academic standing at UC Santa Cruz is eligible to apply. 


To apply, students must demonstrate that labor is a primary field of their research project and they must be in good academic standing. In addition to submitting a four-page proposal, CV, and itemized budget, applicants must be recommended by a member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty.  

How to apply

Please prepare the following in PDF form. Items 1-3 should be submitted by the applicant, using the Application Form.

  1. Four-page Proposal (1.5 space, 1-inch margins, 12 pt font – approx. 1,500 words total), including:
    • Project abstract (200 words or less)
    • Project description, including:
      • Description of research activities, rationale for activities, significance for the field of labor studies and labor movement, and timeline
      • What organizations and/or individuals will be involved (and in what capacities), and their relevant expertise or areas of work
      • Intended outcomes of the research
      • The relevance of the project  to the goals and commitments of the Center for Labor and Community 
      • If the research involves human subjects, applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain IRB approval prior to submission or provide a statement of plan and timeline to secure IRB approval
  2. Detailed budget for up to $7,500
  3. An abbreviated CV of all key personnel, if applicable  (please put all CVS together in one PDF document)
  4. Faculty letter of recommendation (preferably from your primary advisor) submitted by the faculty member via the Faculty Recommendation Form. The letter of recommendation should include:
    • Confirms the graduate student is in good academic standing
    • Comments on the feasibility and relevance of the project to the students’ academic training
    • Comments on the degree that the proposed project aligns with the Center for Labor and Community’s research areas of interest


Recipients are expected to acknowledge support from the Center for Labor and Community in any publications or other research products linked to the sponsored research. 


Completed applications (including the faculty recommendation letter) are due no later than March 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicente Vega, Administrative Research Coordinator of the Center for Labor and Community, at vvega@ucsc.edu.

Last modified: Apr 19, 2024