Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) Grants

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020

Service at Princeton University is about responding to the needs of the world. Those needs have become more visible with the black lives lost to COVID-19, police violence, and citizen vigilantism. Persistent, recent, and continuing acts of systemic racism are calling us all in the University community to address inequalities and injustices. 

In response, the John H. Pace, Jr. '39 Center for Civic Engagement is launching Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality), a new grant initiative. Now through June 22, all matriculated Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students can apply to receive a $1,500 grant to:

  • Have an opportunity to listen to and work with communities
  • Explore and advocate for racial justice broadly
  • Learn about societal inequities in areas such as health, criminal justice, and education
  • Make a substantive contribution to the research and mission of campus and community partners

With so many students having summer internships cancelled due to COVID-19, this is an opportunity for students to learn and engage in meaningful and timely work this summer. The Princeton RISE grant commitment is structured as follows: 

  • Projects will be conducted in collaboration with partners (either campus partners or community partners), and must be for at least 100 hours of engagement over a period of three to six weeks. 
  • All projects must be either entirely remote or demonstrate robust mitigation of risk in compliance with local ordinances and public health guidelines. 
  • Selected students will receive a $1,500 grant, mentorship from staff and peers, access to skills-based trainings, and structured reflection.

For Students: RISE Grant Application Process 

To apply, matriculated undergraduate and graduate students must complete the Princeton RISE Grant Application Form by June 22, 2020. The form asks applicants to describe their learning goals, impact goals, and three areas of interest (such as advocacy, criminal justice, education, environmental justice, health, housing, public policy, and voting rights). The Pace Center will conduct a comprehensive review of all applications, which will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in listening to and learning from others to cultivate empathy
  • Ability to commit fully to the terms of the grant
  • Academic, professional, and community knowledge, skills, and experiences appropriately matched with expectations of partner organizations
  • Professionalism and maturity sufficient to be successful in the project

Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2020 on their selection and project placement. Upon acceptance of the grant, the stipend will be disbursed and applicants will be connected with their partner organization as well as matched to a peer mentor.

Upon completion of their Princeton RISE grant project, recipients will be required to submit a reflection about their experience by August 31, 2020. Recipients must also participate in an online symposium in the fall to share their project and reflections with a wider community. All recipients will be invited to be part of small group reflection spaces throughout the academic year as well.

For Partners: Share a RISE Grant Project Idea 

In addition to receiving student applications, the Pace Center is also soliciting project placements in the Princeton-Trenton area, across the United States, and internationally from community partners, faculty, staff, and alumni. If you have or know of an opportunity for students to address racial justice through a part-time internship or project this summer, please fill out the RISE Grant Partner Project Form. Priority consideration is given to projects submitted by June 19, 2020, but projects will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, June 26, 2020.

Following your submission, a Pace Center staff member will be in touch to discuss next steps.