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.

In its tenth year, the Education and Social Justice Project offers four research fellowships to 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 diverse settings ranging from Cambodia and the Philippines to Burkina Faso and Guatemala. The project administrators make placements and logistical arrangements, provide pre-departure support, and serve as emergency contacts for fellows in the field. While the fieldwork is only three weeks in the summer, the fellowship is one full year when including spring 2020 preparation through a 1-credit research methods course and fall 2020 publications and presentations.

During spring 2020, through a 1-credit 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 report for faculty review upon their return to campus, as well as excerpts of interviews with high-quality photographs. They present their research in a recorded public forum, and their final reports are digitally published. The research fellowship funds travel, lodging, meals, and includes a $1,500 award. One half of the award is provided upon completion of project deliverables.

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, DC during the spring 2020 semester, although GU-Q students are encouraged to apply. Adaptability and flexibility are important characteristics, as fellows are typically placed in contexts with simple accommodations and sparse comforts. Serious applicants should visit the project webpage to read past fellows’ reports and watch their research 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 their 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 your references.

The call for applications opens on Friday, September 27. Application materials will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 1. 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 applications can be accepted. 

Serious applicants should attend an information session at the Center for Social Justice on 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 CSJ Executive Director Dr. Andria Wisler at

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