Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA)

The safety of our students remain our highest priority. Due to health officials' guidelines and travel restrictions, Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) and Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS) have been placed on hold until further notice.

Blum Summer Fellowship - Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA)

Grants Available for 2020-2021

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This program is offered in partnership with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Letters and Sciences. 

Project mentorship and grants are offered to highly motivated undergraduate students enrolled and in good standing at UC Davis. Awards can be used to pursue fieldwork abroad in a developing country or working domestically on poverty alleviation, inequality, and topics related to global development.

The Blum Summer Fellowships are limited to a maximum of $2,500 for fieldwork to be completed in the summer months (June – September)

Applicants must be enrolled UC Davis students by the time they apply but do not have to be enrolled by the time they begin their project. Student applicants will identify a specific project they will be working on in the field, outline a budget and time frame for completing their project.

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

  • Check out our NGO directory page for a list of organizations currently seeking students for summer projects and research
  • View our past PATA awards recipients
  • PATA Grant Writing Workshop (Jan – Feb, 2021)
  • D-LabUsing 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.

Blum Center and Study Abroad Partnership

UC Davis students participating in qualifying UC Davis Study Abroad and UCEAP programs can apply for the PATA Grant to cover costs of participation in these programs.

Eligible Study Abroad Programs:

Undergraduates must work in conjunction with a Non Government Organization (NGO) in a developing country.

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