Solid Gold Neighbor Research Fellows

Solid Gold Neighbor Research Fellows

Advancing Social Change through Community-Based Participatory Research

Through the Office of External Affairs’ vision at Baylor University to enhance Baylor-Waco partnerships, we are excited to host an opportunity to provide leadership, collaboration and funding for the Solid Gold Neighbor Research Fellows Program, a comprehensive annual community-based participatory research grant program focused on tying civic and nonprofit needs with academic research capabilities through masters and doctoral students to advance social change within the Greater Waco community.

Solid Gold Neighbor

Funded grant proposals align with Illuminate’s strategic pillars of Christian Educational Environment and Quality Research areas as well as one or more of our five Solid Gold Neighbor initiative areas of focus: Economic Development, Education, Health, Cultural Wealth, and City Growth

About Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-Based Participatory Research (CPBR) is a collaborative process that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each brings. CBPR differs from traditional academic research as it begins with a research topic determined by the community with the primary aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve community outcomes and eliminate local disparities. View national and local examples of CBPR here.

Timeframe & Expectations

Organizations and research opportunities have been selected with the objective for each funded opportunity to advance social or economic issues with accompanying research towards publication, to attract additional research dollars, and to facilitate additional community collaborations for further research.

  • Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded annually to funded graduate student proposals with the opportunity to be implemented over a 1-2 semester timeline.
  • Masters students will work on a one semester timeline to advance a more applied research question with a publication quality paper as the outcome
  • Doctoral students will work on a two-semester timeline to advance either a basic or applied research question with a publication quality paper as the outcome
  • In June 2021, a mandatory 1-day Community Based Participatory Research training hosted by the Office of External Affairs for the graduate student researchers and the selected organizations will take place
Which graduate students are eligible to apply?

All graduate students residing in Waco are eligible to apply for the fellows program. Each project has been scoped for either a one semester masters project or two semester doctoral project. The application will require students to choose their preferred projects and they must select a project that fits their status as either a masters or doctoral student. Masters students will receive a $5,000 stipend and doctoral will receive a $10,000 stipend during the fellows program. Please see the list of projects for further consideration.

Each spring, prospective community groups and nonprofit organizations are invited to submit proposals that align with the Solid Gold Neighbor areas of focus that allow for collaboration with at least one graduate researcher capable of tying the work back to Baylor’s Illuminate pillars and academic initiatives. Proposals are then evaluated by a committee composed of community members and faculty researchers, allowing for both campus and community representation.

View Organization Profiles and Projects

How do I apply?

Complete the following web application to apply. By completing the application, I certify that I understand that it is my responsibility, if I am selected, to coordinate with my faculty advisor to ensure that all compliance and IRB protocols are established prior to beginning research.

The deadline to apply has now passed. Check back for additional opportunities.

This program is made possible by generous funding from the Baylor/Waco Foundation. Learn More.

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