Social Justice Research Fellowship
As part of the Center for Experiential Learning, LUROP is pleased to announce the creation of the Social Justice Research Fellowship, which aims to support undergraduate Loyola students in conducting focused, faculty-mentored research connected to social justice.
The emphasis of this fellowship is on applied research, highlighting research that does justice, such as research on justice-related issues, research with community-based organizations, and/or research in response to pressing social issues. Applicants should be able to state clearly the general purpose and specific objectives, what they propose to do, the significance related to social justice, the approach related to your academic area or the interdisciplinary approach, and what results or products you expect to be generated. Define clearly what roles you and your faculty mentor will have. Describe how you will conduct your social justice research project, discussing, for example, the methodologies, equipment, or resources that you will use to bring your endeavors to fruition. Explain the community or social impact this project may have, related to social justice.
The meaningful rewards of a Social Justice Research Fellowship have little to do with money, but the program does provide financial support. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend paid in three installments, $250 at the beginning of their term, $500 after they submit a mid-term progress report, and $250 after they present at Loyola’s spring research symposium. Additionally, fellows receive up to $1,000 in a research budget. The research budget is not awarded as a lump sum, but paid out through reimbursements. Fellows and mentors must first submit a budget request form, and when that is approved, they purchase the needed items, then submit the receipts to Andrew Warne to process for reimbursement.
If students want to obtain academic credit for conducting this research, there are several mechanisms in place that make this possible. The discipline/school/department that the faculty mentor belongs to will have formalized courses or internships in the course offering guide for obtaining credit. Students can also consider the UNIV 391: Internship Seminar in Undergraduate Research.
Applying for the Social Justice Research Fellowship
As with the other LUROP Fellowships, students must apply online for the Social Justice Research Fellowship by March 1. Additionally, all applicants MUST have a faculty member willing to serve as a mentor BEFORE applying. Upper-level undergraduates generally apply with projects they have taken more individual initiative over designing, while younger undergraduates tend to apply with projects that their mentors designed (although all fellows should show a distinct individual component and take initiative within the project).
A group of faculty from various disciplines will evaluate each application, including an abstract and project description that includes a project timeline, a budget, and the mentor’s letter of recommendation.
For more information about the Social Justice Research Fellowship program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.508.3886.
Andrew Warne, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Research Program Manager
Patrick Green, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Experiential Learning