RISE Grant Student Application

Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) Initiative


Service at Princeton 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 to address inequalities and injustices and particularly anti-blackness. 

Princeton RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) grants are intended to foster your enduring and sustained commitment to civic engagement. Students receiving RISE grants will: 

  • Have an opportunity to listen 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 commitment is structured as follows: 

  • Projects will be conducted in collaboration with partners (either campus partners or community partners), and are scoped for at least 100 hours of engagement over a period of 3 - 6 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.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a reflection on their experience by August 31, 2020, in the form of their choice (e.g. blog post, short video, or art piece).  Grant recipients must also participate in an online symposium in Fall 2020 to share their projects and reflections with a wider community, and will be invited to be a part of 3 small group reflection spaces throughout the year.
The application deadline is Midnight, Monday, June 22.
If you have any questions about the RISE initiative, please contact Kimberly de los Santos.
By signing below you are confirming that you have read the details and requirements of this fellowship, understand, and agree to them.

-All fellowship placements for the RISE program will be remote
-All RISE fellows will be placed in peer-led conversation and activity groups
-All RISE fellows will attend a RISE orientation on Friday, June 11
-The RISE fellowship will last 8 weeks from June 14 - August 6 (with a symposium in late August, see below)
-All RISE fellows will receive a stipend of $3600 for the program ($450/week)
-Each week will consist of 40 hours of work - 35 with the fellowship partner and 5 with your peer-facilitated group
-All RISE fellows will complete both the mid- and post-summer evaluation
-All RISE fellows will submit a reflection on their RISE experience
-All RISE fellows will attend the final RISE symposium on Monday, August 30 *
We will be matching you with placements at community partners, and your topic interests will be taken into consideration. Please indicate at least three topics to allow for greater likelihood of matching. What topics do you want to engage in? Please check all that apply. *
In identifying appropriate placements at community partners, we also need to take your skillsets into consideration. Please indicate skills here (check all that apply) *
Interview times available for *
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