Student Support

Lewis Center Graduate Student Fellows Program
Funding opportunity for capstone projects in all three Luskin School departments

The Lewis Center seeks to support graduate students from all three departments at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for capstone projects on topics that advance Center interests on the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles region, with a focus on how people live, move, and work.

Graduate student fellows are selected through a merit-based process during the year they intend to complete a capstone project. Each project will be provided with a $2,000 stipend to be put toward the student’s tuition or living expenses.  The stipend will be dispersed in two payments — the first in the fall quarter and the second upon project completion.

Later in the fall, and in collaboration with other research centers at the Luskin School, the Lewis Center will solicit requests for proposals to support direct costs related to capstone projects. All students working on capstone projects, including fellows, are eligible to apply for these funds.

Applicants can submit proposals based on a project of their own choosing or can select a project from one of the research topics listed below. All projects must be geographically focused in the LA region and relate to one of the Lewis Center’s primary areas of interest: housing affordability, transportation equity, or jobs and the regional economy.

Students from the Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning departments at Luskin are eligible to apply. Applicants can include individuals working on applied capstone projects and theses and students working as part of group projects. If necessary, the Lewis Center can help students identify a client for the project.

Possible research topics:

  • Exploration of the relationship between housing production and gentrification: Quantitative analysis of housing development patterns and gentrification indicators in the City of Los Angeles
  • Housing filtering patterns: A historical look at housing stock and populations in 20th century Los Angeles
  • The tale of two housing markets: Rental price differences in rent stabilized and non-rent stabilized apartments in West Hollywood
  • Planning for affordable housing? Spatial distribution and characteristics of affordable housing sites in municipal housing elements in LA County
  • Structuring a Safe Parking LA program for people living in vehicles
  • Transportation Needs Assessment in one of LA’s Promise Zones
  • Revival of the jobs housing mismatch: Spatial differences in low-wage work and affordable housing opportunities

Students need the following to complete the application form:

  • Personal information: Name, university ID number, degree program, CV, LinkedIn profile
  • Academic information: Overall UCLA graduate GPA and unofficial transcript
  • Professional reference: Faculty or professional reference name and email (does not need to be project advisor)
  • Statement of purpose: 400-800 word description of your interest in the topic and motivations for selecting your particular project

Select a topic from the list above or provide the following capstone project information: title, faculty advisor(s), project type, project scope of work, project summary, and (if relevant) client. For group projects, provide the names of the other students in your group and your expected contributions to the project.

Apply now! Applications are due by 11:59 p.m on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Applications must be submitted via the linked form — those received by email will not be considered.

2018-2019 timeline:

  • September 27: Application opens
  • October 11: Applications due
  • By November 11: Fellows selected
  • December 15: Applications due for direct costs
  • January 2: Direct cost support dispersed

The first dispersal milestone differs by project type:

  • MURP client project: Signed client MOU
  • MURP thesis: Approved draft proposal
  • MPP APP: Approved preliminary data analysis assignment
  • MSW capstone: Approved research proposal