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Due to the likelihood of continued COVID-related travel restrictions, VPUE Undergraduate Research will only solicit new applications for the William W. and Janet F. Crandall Beagle II Awards in the 2021-22 Academic Year. Please continue to check this webpage for our news and updates.

Beagle II Purpose

The William W. and Janet F. Crandall Beagle II Award promotes discovery and exploration by Stanford undergraduates who possess a strong intellectual curiosity, a passionate interest in a particular subject, and a keen spirit of intellectual adventure. 

Beagle II Application Process and Deadlines

Proposal Deadline: TBA
Beagle II Workshop: TBA

Proposals should include:

  • Cover Page
  • Précis (Voyage Summary)
  • Autobiographical Sketch
  • Proposed Voyage of Discovery
  • Detailed Travel Itinerary
  • Budget
  • Eligible Faculty Endorsement

**NOTE: Additional details about the application materials can be found here.

History & About the Founders

The William W. and Janet F. Crandall Beagle II Awards

Launched in 1998, The William W. and Janet F. Crandall Beagle II Awards support undergraduate voyages of discovery, like the one taken by the young Charles Darwin, who circumnavigated the globe in the 1830’s making discoveries that eventually led to his theory of evolution. The Awards, given annually to undergraduates of any year and major, were established by Stanford alumni William Crandall ’61 and ’63, and Janet Crandall ’62, with the strong support of their family.

The primary purpose of Beagle II Awards is to promote scientific discovery and exploration by Stanford undergraduates who possess a strong intellectual curiosity, a passionate interest in a particular subject, and a keen spirit of intellectual adventure.

About the Founders

Bill and Jan Crandall met while students at Stanford, and maintained a lifelong interest in education and travel that grew out of their undergraduate experiences. Their love of travel took them to nearly every continent, and continued as their family grew to include four sons. Bill spent his professional career as a consultant for Bechtel Corporation and as a Professor of Business at the College of San Mateo, while Jan was active in local civic organizations, book clubs, and support of the arts. Bill’s years at Bechtel offered the family many opportunities for travel, including a two-year stint in Sydney, Australia that turned into a trip around the world. In later years, they continued their travels, often with Stanford alumni groups, and pursued their hobbies (reading for Jan, photography for Bill) with renewed passion, especially in the context of their home-away-from-home along the McKenzie River in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. They expressed their love of education and lifelong learning via several philanthropic projects including these wonderful Crandall Beagle II Awards.

About the Award & Student Eligibility

One to four proposals will receive up to $7,500, or up to $12,000 in the case of two or more students sharing the same voyage, to be used for travel and study costs for a voyage of scientific discovery, as well as for summer earnings replacement. Students applying for the Beagle II must adhere to the following guidelines established by Undergraduate Research:

  • All Stanford undergraduates (sorry, no grads)—of any year and any major—are eligible to apply.
  • The Beagle II supports Stanford undergraduate voyages. You must be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when you apply, and carry an undergraduate status throughout the period of your project. You will need to be enrolled in undergraduate studies in the quarter when funding is disbursed.
  • All Beagle II recipients must return to enroll in Stanford undergraduate course work for at least one quarter of full-time study after completion of the voyage.
  • Previous independent travel and research are not a requirement, but are often viewed as a “plus” by the Selection Committee.
  • For joint proposals students are encouraged to submit one application; however, each participant will be required to write an Autobiographical Sketch (please see the online proposal for more details).
  • If students intend to apply jointly, their proposal should make clear alternative sources of funding, received or pending, as may be needed to carry out the proposed plan of travel and study.
  • Beagle II Awards may be combined with other departmental and university awards; check with the relevant departments and offices to be sure they allow complementary funds.
  • The voyage must last at least eight weeks in length, and all applicants must return to the Stanford campus and enroll full-time for at least one quarter upon completion of the voyage.
  • Beagle II Awards have been specifically designed for summer study and travel, but applicants with good reasons to travel at other times (better weather in Southern Cone, etc.) should propose an alternative timetable and argue its merits.
  • Travel must be completed by the end of Winter quarter, 2019-20.
  • This award cannot be used for institutional summer programs, such as Earthwatch, School for Field Studies, or for formal language instruction
  • Preference will be given to proposals that creatively integrate travel into the design of study and research, but that also show a realistic, unhurried schedule that allows time for thoughtful good work and local interaction.
  • Undergraduate Research cannot support, in any manner, travel to or work in locations where (a) the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory of Level 4 ("Do Not Travel") or Level 3 ("Reconsider Travel") for the country destination; (b) the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory of Level 4 or Level 3 (or associated language "Do Not Travel/Reconsider Travel") for the specific cities or regions within a country; or (c) there is other reliable information of significant health or safety risks.
  • If your proposal entails work off campus, you will not receive funding until you provide Undergraduate Research with evidence that you are well-prepared for ethical, cultural, methodological and administrative aspects of off-campus work.
  • Undergraduate Research may disqualify any proposal in the event of unaddressed safety or ethics concerns.

Consult Undergraduate Research's budget guidelines and policies when constructing your project budget.


Each Beagle II recipient is expected to submit a Final Report equivalent to twenty pages of text by the end of the first full academic quarter following return from travel (i.e., normally mid-December). The report can be submitted in a variety of styles and media--as a website dedicated to your “voyage,” for example, or as a video documentary, a written research report, a photo essay for your hometown newspaper, or sections from your own journal. In whatever form it takes, the report should include the equivalent of at least a page or two on personal growth (i.e., what you learned about yourself along the way). In addition to the Final Report, awardees will normally be asked to present highlights of their summer experiences at subsequent informational meetings for prospective Beagle II applicants. We will also expect Awardees to play an active role in the selection of recipients for the next year of Beagle II awards.

Funded Projects

All Beagle II recipients are required to submit a Final Report at the conclusion of their individual voyages. These reports can take many shapes and forms. Examples of previously submitted reports can be found below for reference: