Join Our PACE Fellowship Program

Mission Statement

“Empowering Scholars and Communities Through Collaborative Engagement”

PACE (Partnership for Advancing Community Engagement) is dedicated to fostering strong connections between academic institutions and their surrounding communities. Our mission is to provide faculty and graduate students with the tools, resources, and networks necessary to successfully engage in community-based projects and research, thereby enriching both their academic work and the communities they serve.

Program Objectives

  • Enhance Community-Engaged Scholarship: Support faculty and graduate students in integrating community engagement into their research and teaching. The 2024 cohort will focus on advancing economic development and closing racialized disparities.
  • Build Sustainable Partnerships: Facilitate lasting collaborations between universities and community organizations.
  • Promote Grant-Writing Excellence: Offer expert assistance to faculty and graduate students so that they can secure funding for community-engaged projects. PACE staff will find grants, train fellows in how to write competitive proposals, edit fellows’ grants, and coordinate match-making activities.
  • Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Encourage cross-disciplinary approaches to address community challenges.
  • Advance Advocacy and Public Impact: Empower participants to advocate for community needs and make a tangible impact.

Program Timeline

  • Pilot Phase: December 2023 – January 2024
  • Full Program Launch: February 2024 – August 2024

Key Activities

  • Grant Writing Workshops: Expert-led sessions on crafting successful grant proposals.
  • Mentorship Program: One-on-one guidance and editing support from seasoned grant-writing professionals.
  • Partner Matchmaking: Assistance in connecting with relevant public and not-for-profit partners.
  • Networking Events: Opportunities to connect with fellow scholars and community leaders.
  • Credential Award: Recognition for participants to add to their professional portfolio.

Who Should Apply?

PACE is designed for faculty members and graduate students from various disciplines who are committed to integrating community engagement into their academic and research endeavors. The 2024 cohort is particularly focused on economic development projects and those that reduce racialized disparities.

How To Apply?

If you are interested in applying for the PACE Fellowship program, please click below to apply now.

Applications will close on February 16th at 11:59AM PST.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: The PACE program is open to faculty members and graduate students from any discipline who are interested in integrating community engagement into their research and teaching activities. Undergraduate students will only be considered under the recommendation of heads of a department or center.
Answer: PACE focuses on enhancing grant-writing skills, fostering sustainable community partnerships, and providing support for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in community-engaged projects. The 2024 cohort is focused on economic development and reducing racialized disparities.

Answer: The full PACE program runs for six months, from February to August 2024, preceded by a two-month pilot phase starting in December 2023. The time commitment varies, but participants can expect regular workshops, mentorship sessions, and project collaboration opportunities. Most fellows will work on 1 – 3 grants per month. PACE staff identify the grants based on fellow and community interest, provide fellows with expert guidance, and edit the proposals to enhance grant-seeking success.

Answer: Participants will receive expert-led grant writing workshops, funding identification, one-on-one mentorship, opportunities for community partnership, grant-editing services, and a credential upon successful completion.

Answer: To apply, visit our website and complete the online application form. Don’t forget to submit your CV along with a brief motivation statement or project proposal. The application deadline is February 16, 2024 11:59AM PST.

Answer: Currently, the PACE program does not offer financial assistance or stipends. The program focuses on providing professional development and grant-writing support.
Answer: Yes, international students and faculty affiliated with our institution are welcome to apply. However, please note that all program activities are conducted in English.
Answer: Given the current global situation, the PACE program is designed to be flexible, with a combination of online and, if feasible, in-person sessions.

Need To Reach Us?

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