Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS)

Deadline: March 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. (application will open in early-Winter 2021) 

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS)

Project grants are available for 2020-2021

The PASS awards program provides seed funding to encourage engagement by graduate and professional students at UC Davis in finding viable, tangible and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty in the developing world.

UC Davis Students in the field

The PASS program is intended to help transform solid concepts into pilot projects. The program encompasses field research and/or hands-on applications


PASS grants are offered campus wide as an opportunity of international practical education to all graduate and professional students.

Funding Available

Awards between $1,000 up to $4,000 will be made for successful grants.

A strong proposal will clearly specify:

  • Context within which the field work will be conducted (country or countries involved, local community, and those most impacted by the work)
  • Description of the problem(s) that the proposal aims to tackle
  • Outline of project goals and anticipated outcomes
  • Methodology and timeline
  • Appropriate budget (airfare, lodging, transportation, supplies, etc.)
  • Feasibility and sustainability of the project
  • A faculty mentor/advisor
  • Correlation with poverty alleviation, equality, social justice


Additional Resources

  • D-Lab - Using an interdisciplinary approach, the UC Davis D-Lab works with communities to address global challenges in energy, agriculture, and the environment. Students and staff work toward solutions to these challenges through experiential courses, international satellites, global outreach, and research.
  • View our past PASS award recipients

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