The call for applications for the Education and Social Justice Project Summer Research Fellowship 2020 opens on Friday, September 27, 2019 and closes on Friday, November 1, 2019. 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 the information session at the Center for Social Justice (130 Poulton Hall) on Friday, October 11 from 10:00-11:00am.

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ) administer the Education & 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. Local hosts are Jesuit-led institutions doing innovative educational work in support of underresourced communities. 

During the preceeding 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 through the 1-credit Pass/Fail course, UNXD 230 Education and Social Justice Research Methods. During three weeks of summer fieldwork, fellows conduct between 12-20 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.

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: 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 called your FIRST NAME LAST 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 2019; finalists and required to submit a writing sample and a scan of their passport. Applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled and on campus in the Spring 2019. Applicants can not be studying abroad in Spring 2020 but they can be studying abroad during Fall 2019 or Fall 2020. The 2020 Education and Social Justice Research fellows will be announced in early December 2019. No late applications can be accepted. GU-Qatar students are invited to apply. 

Note: While the fieldwork is only three weeks, the reserach fellowship is one year. Each fellow is expected to contribute a significant portion of the summer to data analysis and writing.

Serious applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session at the CSJ (130 Poulton Hall) on Friday, October 11 from 10:00am-11:00am. Please contact with questions.

Current and Past Fellows


Issac Kim (SFS'21)Photograph of Issac Kim

Isaac Kim is an undergraduate in Georgetown University's Class of 2021 pursuing a degree from the School of Foreign Service in International Politics with a certificate in African Studies. Originally from Northbrook, Illinois, Isaac has focused his undergraduate education on fostering greater educational inclusion in developing countries. Isaac currently serves as the Executive Director of the Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund, issuing awards for students to pursue innovative projects that impact the common good. He interns at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, assisting Foreign Service Officers, retired Ambassadors, and other government officials with their classroom instruction and scholarly work. Previously, he worked as a community development intern at the Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa, organizing educational and recreational programming for a local township. Additionally, he served as a legislative intern in the Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth, researching issues pertaining to US infrastructure policy and national security. In his free time, Isaac enjoys singing renaissance and baroque music with the Georgetown Chamber Singers, working as a counselor at Lac du Bois, a French language immersion camp, and listening to Broadway soundtracks on repeat.

Mackenzie Price (C'20)Photograph of Mackenzie Price

Mackenzie Price is an undergraduate in the Georgetown College in the Class of 2020. She is a double major in Sociology and Justice and Peace Studies and is pursuing a minor in Statistics. Mackenzie has always strived to learn more about the world around her and listen to others’ personal perspectives. While at Georgetown, she has trained in support techniques to become one of the peer supporters of Project Lighthouse (PL), GU’s student-run chatline. She now also is the Outreach Director for the student organization. Mackenzie volunteers at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee Workers’ Rights Clinic, where she interviews DC workers about their jobs and relays to them free legal advice provided by attorneys. An avid academic who loves to connect with others, Mackenzie has taken multiple research courses in her various school disciplines. In 2019, she interned with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 2018, working on cases concerning the equality of religious rights, religious tolerance in American primary schools, birth control legislation, and more. Inspired by her passion for research and community bonds, in 2019 Mackenzie will conduct research at Trinity College, Dublin through the Education and Social Justice Summer Research Fellowship.


Allison (Ally) Ross (NHS'20)Photograph of Ally Ross

Allison (Ally) Ross is a student in Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2020, from Dayton, Ohio. She is pursuing a degree in Global Health with minors in Government and Economics. Her interest in community organizing and social justice led her to intern for nonprofit organizations including Save the Children Action Network and Child Advocacy and Women’s Rights International, where she focused on increasing access to education for marginalized populations in the United States and beyond. At Georgetown, Ally is involved with the Prisons and Justice Initiative, through which she teaches a debate class in a local jail. Ally also works as a tutor for the DC Schools Project and spends her weekends competing with the Georgetown Parliamentary Debate Team. This summer, Ally will travel to Thailand with the Education and Social Justice Fellowship, before spending the fall semester in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, to work with the World Health Organization.

Past Education and Social Justice Summer Research Fellows
Year Name Location
2010 Ryan Covington Nairobi, Kenya
2010 Brian Dillon Manila, Philippines
2010 Cindy Chuck Santiago, Chile
2011 Deven Comen Mumbai, India
2011 Conor Finnegan Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 Shea Houlihan Gulu, Uganda
2012 Charlotte Markson Montevideo, Uruguay
2012 Lisa Frank La Paz, Bolivia
2013 Sarah Baran Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 Annie Dale Battamban, Cambodia
2013 Nicholas DiRago Lima, Peru
2013 Elisabeth Lembo Krakow, Poland
2014 Kendra Layton Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014 Adam Barton Brazil
2014 Elizabeth "Hopey" Fink Ougadougou, Burkina Faso
2014 Gianna Maita Managua, Nicaragua
2015 Sabrina Khan Dakar, Senegal
2015 Nico Lake Gautemala
2015 Dana Drecksel South Korea
2016 Mariam Diefallah Rwanda
2016 Sarah Jannarone Slovenia
2016 Khaliyah Legette Kenya
2016 Jonathan Thrall Jordan
2016 Carolyn Vilter Mexico
2017 Mary Breen Dominican Republic
2017 Nicholas Na  Australia
2017 Harshita Nadimpalli Mozambique
2017 Anastasia Sendoun Ukraine
2018 Brittany Fried Zambia
2018 Mayeesha Galiba Italy
2018 Grace Koehl Spain
2018 Erin Luck Colombia