Summer URS - Starbucks Sustainable Solutions and Learning Opportunities Research Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: All current UC San Diego undergraduates in any major who will be enrolled the following school year are eligible to apply. Students who plan on graduating mid-year may also apply, provided the project and final report are completed before graduation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or eligible under AB540 “California Dream Act”. The project must be completed while the applicant is a UC San Diego undergraduate. Students will not be eligible if they will have graduated before summer. Students also cannot be part of a BS/MS or BA/MA program during the award period. Applicants submit one research proposal per scholarship. The same proposal may be used for multiple research scholarship applications, as indicated on the application form. If chosen for more than one scholarship, a student may only accept one scholarship during the summer research period. Applicants may re-apply for the scholarship, even if they’ve been awarded a scholarship in previous years. There is no guarantee to receive the scholarship, even if you’ve been awarded in the past — all applicants are considered against the applicant pool of that year only. Please note that if awarded, students will not be allowed to take additional courses or get paid through a job during the duration of the scholarship. We would like all awardees to be able to focus on the research full-time. The Starbucks Sustainable Solutions and Learning Opportunities Scholarship may not be used for Alternative Breaks, academic course registration or fees, insurance or medical costs.


The Starbucks Sustainable Solutions and Learning Opportunities Scholarship is an undergraduate research scholarship (URS) opportunity provided by Starbucks Corporation in collaboration with University Centers at UC San Diego. One (1) scholarship will be available each year, with the award totaling $5,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist UC San Diego students with research or learning projects related to sustainable food production and distribution, resource conservation, or agricultural environmental practices (herein referred to as the project).

Supplemental Questions
  1. URS - Faculty Sponsor and Contact Information

    Please enter the name and email of your Faculty Sponsor ASAP.
    • A. Faculty member's name and email address
    • B. Sponsoring Faculty's Department
  2. URS - Title of Your Research Proposal

  3. URS - Research Proposal and Personal Statement

    Please upload ONE DOCUMENT that contains both your research proposal and personal statement.
  4. URS Starbucks - Food Sustainability Essay

    Explain how your project objectives relate to food sustainability issues and/or what outcomes from this project will address key issues in food sustainability i.e. food/water scarcity, agriculture, carbon reduction, nutrition, waste minimization concerns?
  5. Scholarship Ranking

    If applying for more than 1 scholarship, please rank your top 3 choices (if applicable). Otherwise, please select "Not applying for other scholarships."

    NOTE: While we only ask for your top 3, you can apply to more than 3 scholarships. Submit applications for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Please make sure this ranking is consistent across all opportunities you apply for.
    • First choice
    • Second choice
    • Third Choice
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