Call for Applications: Education and Social Justice International Summer Research Fellowships 2021

September 23, 2020

Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service together announce a call for applications for the Summer 2021 Education and Social Justice Summer Research Fellowship (ESJ). All Georgetown undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

ESJ offers up to four research fellowships to undergraduates to conduct field-based research during summer 2021 on local, context-based initiatives at the intersection of education and social justice, often supported by Jesuit or other religious communities. While the fieldwork is only three weeks, the research fellowship is one year. Each fellow is expected to contribute a significant portion of the summer to data analysis and writing.

Starting in spring 2021, fellows are supported in their submission of an IRB application, train in interview techniques, and prepare for field-based research in their specific sites through the 1-credit pass/fail course, UNXD 230: Education and Social Justice Research Methods. During three weeks of summer fieldwork, fellows conduct between 12 and 20 interviews and receive a 1-credit tuition scholarship to take UNXD 231: Education and Social Justice Fieldwork. In the fall semester, after completing data collection, fellows take UNXD 232: Digital Scholarship through which they create an engaging long-story digital report of their findings. Fellows will present their research in a public forum, and their final reports are digitally published. The research fellowship funds travel, lodging, meals, and includes a $1,500 award.

Competitive applicants should be in strong academic standing and show specific interest in international education research. 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.

How to Apply in Fall 2020 for the 2021 Fellowship

The link to the Google Form application will open on Monday, September 28, 2020.

A view-only Google Doc of the application is also available.

For 2021 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 around the globe and the uncertainty of crossing borders during a pandemic, we are not planning for travel in summer 2021. Rather we are: a) planning for virtual research partnerships; and b) soliciting proposals from student applicants for in-person research with Jesuit (or other religiously affiliated) partners in the general location of the student’s permanent address. In this case, the field site must be in a Phase 2 or better location and the host partner must be able and willing to engage in in-person research. Applicants can include a short proposal of less than 250 words describing a suggested in-person field site.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30, 2020. No late applications can be accepted.

Finalist interviews will be held in November 2020; finalists are required to submit a writing sample and a scan of their passport. Applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled in spring 2021. Applicants can not be studying abroad in spring 2021, but they can be studying abroad during fall 2020 or fall 2021. The 2021 Education and Social Justice research fellows will be announced in early December 2020. GU-Qatar students are invited to apply. 

Serious applicants are highly encouraged to attend a Zoom information session on: Monday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. EDT; Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. EDT; or Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00 a.m. EDT. Please contact for the Zoom link.

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