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3 Ways to Engage: Deep Dive, Sabbatical, Student Program

Ways to Engage with WCMER

Deep Dive, Urban Sabbatical, and Urban Graduate Fellowship RFP's

Deep Dives, Urban Sabbaticals  and Urban Graduate Fellowships are designed to enhance the impact of Extension, and the broader land-grant university system, in metropolitan communities. The application period for fiscal year 2023 is now OPEN. Application deadline (11:59 PDT).

Deep Dive Program

Deep Dives were created to spur innovation within Extension, address complex issues facing metropolitan areas, and support the organizational needs of urban Extension programs, while providing opportunities for academic and community-based professionals to lead multi-state or national projects. Each WCMER Deep Dive is led by a WCMER Applied Research Fellow.

Anyone may apply. Only participants from WCMER platinum member institutions are eligible for funding which may be up to $10,000 annually for up to two years. See the WCMER member page to find out if your institution is a platinum member.

 

Urban Sabbatical Fellowship

Urban Sabbaticals allow community-engaged scholars to work with the WCMER and faculty from member institutions to conduct applied research, develop or sharpen skills related to working in metropolitan communities, develop and/or pilot new programs, conduct feasibility studies for new programmatic areas, or co-author scholarly products.

Sabbaticals may range from 2-12 months. Only participants from WCMER member institutions will be eligible for stipends of up to $5,000 for platinum members and $2,000 for silver members. See the WCMER member page to find out if your institution is a member.

 

Urban Grad Student Fellowship Program

Urban Graduate Fellowships will allow post-graduate students pursuing Master’s or Doctoral degrees to work with the WCMER and faculty from member institutions to conduct applied research, develop new or sharpen existing skills related to working in metropolitan communities, develop and / or pilot new programs, conduct feasibility studies for new programmatic areas, or co-author scholarly products.

Graduate fellowships may range from one quarter up to a full academic year including summer terms. Only participants from WCMER platinum member institutions will be eligible for stipends of up to $2,500. See the WCMER member page to find out if your institution is a member.

2022-23 Topics of Interest for new Deep Dives, Urban Sabbaticals, and Urban Graduate Fellowships

The WCMER will accept applications on any topic of interest that addressed the goals and mission of WCMER, However, for the current round of funding, WCMER is especially interested in applications that address or relate to the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion and the following topics: 

  1. Climate Change
  2. Workforce Development 
  3. Health Equity 

Become a WCMER Member

The best way to engage with WCMER is to become a member. An organizational membership to WCMER extends benefits to all of your institution’s faculty and staff (even those without an Extension appointment). Extension organizations can join at either the Platinum or Silver level. Membership fees are paid on an annual basis. Learn more about the benefits of being a WCMER member.