Call for Applications: Education and Social Justice International Summer Research Fellowships 2020

July 16, 2019

Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service together announce a call for applications for the Summer 2020 Education and Social Justice Summer Research Fellowship. All Georgetown undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

The Education and Social Justice Project offers research fellowships to four undergraduates to conduct field-based research somewhere in the world on local, context-based initiatives at the intersection of education and social justice, often supported by Jesuit or other religious communities. Fellows have conducted research in secondary and post-secondary settings in settings from Cambodia and Ukraine to Burkina Faso and Guatemala. The project administrators make placements and logistical arrangements, provide pre-departure support, and serve as emergency contacts for fellows. While the fieldwork is only three weeks in the summer, the fellowship is one full year including Spring 2020 preparation, Fall 2020 report writing and publication, and a Spring 2021 public presentation.

During Spring 2020, through a 1-credit pass/fail course, fellows will be supported in their submission of an IRB application, trained in interview techniques, and prepared for field-based research in their specific sites. During three weeks of fieldwork, fellows will conduct between 12 and 20 interviews. They submit a 20-page report for faculty review upon their return to campus in September 2020, 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. 

Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend, with half provided upon departure for the research trip and half upon report completion. All travel and in-country costs are covered by the fellowship. Applicants should be in strong academic standing and enrolled at the university in Spring 2020 and/or Fall 2020. Fellows must be on campus in Washington, D.C. during the Spring 2020 semester. Adaptability and flexibility are important characteristics, as fellows are placed in contexts with simple accommodations. Applicants should visit the project webpage to read past fellows’ reports and watch their presentations.

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 which should describe the applicant’s interest in this unique Georgetown opportunity;
  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.

The call for applications opens on Friday, September 27, 2018. Application materials will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1, 2018. Email your 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 called your name followed by the type of document (ex. resume, transcript, etc.). Finalists will be interviewed in November and required to submit a writing sample and a scan of their passport. Fellowship offers will be made by mid-November and announced in December. No late application can be accepted. We highly encourage interested applicants to attend the presentations of the 2019 fellows at the Global Social Justice Summer Research Symposium on Friday, September 27 and to attend one of two information sessions at the Center for Social Justice (130 Poulton Hall): Thursday, October 3 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or Friday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Questions about the fellowship should be directed to Andria Wisler, executive director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (

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