The Care-UC Innovation Fellowship

Advancing the pace and scale of poverty-alleviation efforts around the globe

The CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship, established by CARE USA’s Innovation Team and the University, is intended to strengthen the workforce pipeline of expertly-trained individuals whose expertise and commitment can alleviate poverty and improve human conditions in California and internationally. UC graduate students obtain tailored training and experience through partnering with CARE, whose humanitarian mission and global footprint provide opportunities to explore applications of research and innovation in real-world settings. The Fellowship includes a summer in-country placement and provides Fellows a meaningful and engaging professional development experience and an opportunity to advance their graduate work. Fellows receive a $9,000 stipend plus travel allowance.

The first cohort of Fellows commenced in April 2020. COVID-19 presented unique challenges to their fellowship plans that required creativity and resilience. They shared their experiences and lessons learned at a virtual showcase on September 29, 2020.

Six UC students were selected as recipients of the 2020 CARE-UC Innovation Fellowship:

  • Monica Cornejo, UC Santa Barbara
    Project Title: Undocumented Immigrants’ Stress, Coping, and Resilience during COVID-19
  • Jonathan Ibarra, UC Santa Barbara
    Project Title: The Role of Family in the Latinx Youth Reentry Process
  • Erin McGuire, UC Davis
    Project Title: Developing a dynamic, localized CARE network
  • Deyanira Nevarez Martinez, UC Irvine
    Project Title: Informal Settlements in Southern California
  • Kimberly Sanchez, UC Merced
    Project Title: Food Insecurity Among Immigrants in the U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Randy Villegas, UC Santa Cruz
    Project Title: Voices from The Valley of Vulnerability

The applicant pool was extremely impressive, and a number of excellent proposals could not be funded. Due to COVID-19 related restrictions on travel, as well as the new demands on the country offices in which CARE operates, CARE was unable to accept students proposing international work in 2020. However, we would like to acknowledge the following highly-ranked proposals that align with CARE’s programmatic priorities:

  • Lisa Artuso, UC Davis
  • Suzanne Caflisch, UC Los Angeles
  • Tom Collinson, UC Santa Cruz
  • Miki Doan, UC Davis
  • Swaroopa Lahiri, UC Santa Barbara
  • Lucia Vitale, UC Santa Cruz


The application deadline has passed. Please check this page for future program announcements.