Call for Applications: Education and Social Justice International Summer Research Fellowships 2018

September 21, 2017

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ) invite applications for the 2018 Education and Social Justice Summer Research Fellowship. In early 2010, the Berkley Center and the CSJ created the Education and Social Justice Project to engage students and build knowledge about the deep connections between global challenges of poverty and education. Only through better access to education will the world’s poor be able to seize opportunities in an increasingly global economy. While policy analysts have documented the widespread failure of governments to meet this imperative, we still know relatively little about successful local efforts led by religious communities to advance economic and social development through education.

Undergraduate student research fellows spend three weeks conducting interviews on best practices at the intersection of education and social justice. During the preceding spring, fellows are supported in their submission of an IRB application, trained in interview techniques, and prepared for field-based research in their specific sites. Local hosts are Jesuit-led institutions doing innovative educational work in support of underresourced communities. During three weeks of fieldwork, fellows conduct between 12 and 20 interviews. They submit a 20-page report for peer and faculty review upon their return to campus, as well as excerpts of interviews. They present their research in a recorded public forum and their final reports are published in print and online. The research fellowship funds travel, lodging, meals, and includes a $1,500 stipend.

Competitive applicants are in strong academic standing and specifically interested in international education research. Adaptability and flexibility are important characteristics, as fellows are typically placed in contexts with simple accommodations. Serious applicants should visit the project webpage to read past fellows’ reports and watch their research presentations.

How to Apply

Application materials are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017. Email application materials as attachment(s) to with the subject heading “ESJ Fellowship: [Your First Name] [Last Name].” Each application document should be a DOC(X) or PDF and be titled your name followed by the type of document (ex. resume, transcript, etc.). A complete application includes:

  1. Applicant’s resume, including global experiences and language proficiency;
  2. Applicant’s updated unofficial transcript (screenshot is acceptable);
  3. Applicant’s personal statement of no more than 250 words. The statement should not be a research plan, but rather a description of the applicant's interest in the program and related skills and experience.
  4. Contact information (email address and phone number) for two references, one of whom must be a Georgetown University professor. Please state your relationship to/how you know these references.

Finalist interviews will be held in November 2017; finalists are required to submit a writing sample and a scan of their passport. Applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled in the Spring 2018 and/or Fall 2018 semester.

NOTE (new this year): Applicants can NOT be studying abroad during Spring 2018 semester. Fellows will be enrolled in a 1-credit course together during the Spring 2018 semester which covers their detailed preparation for this work.The 2018 Education and Social Justice Summer Research fellows will be announced in early December 2017. No late applications can be accepted.

Serious applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session at the CSJ (130 Poulton Hall): Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Questions about the fellowship should be directed to Melody Fox Ahmed, Associate Director for Programs, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, at

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