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 one of two information sessions at the Center for Social Justice (130 Poulton Hall): Thursday, October 3 from 8pm-9pm or Friday, October 11 from 10-11am.

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): Thursday, October 3 from 8pm-9pm or Friday, October 11 from 10-11am. 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 2021, 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.


Brittany Fried (F’18)Photograph of Brittany Fried

Brittany Fried is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, studying Regional Comparative Studies of Asia and Africa, and minoring in Jewish Civilization and Chinese. Growing up in Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, and the US inspired her involvement in international youth empowerment. This includes co-publishing a leadership curriculum that has been implemented at schools in six countries, interning for Freedom House, and serving as a research assistant for former Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons for the USA – Ambassador Mark Lagon. In Fall 2017 she studied post-genocide peacebuilding and restoration in Rwanda. She is currently a DCPS Global Curricular Fellow and interns at the Anti-Defamation League.

Mayeesha Galiba (C'19)Photograph of Mayeesha Galiba

Mayeesha Galiba is an undergraduate student in Georgetown's College, class of 2019, with a major in Government and minor in Justice and Peace Studies. She spent the summer of 2017 traveling to Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Greece through Northeastern University, where she studied ethnic conflict in the region and the Balkan corridor for refugees. Mayeesha has previously worked at the Boston Globe and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. As a summer 2018 Education and Social Just fellow, she traveled to Italy to pursue her project with the Centre for Child Protection.


Grace Koehl (NHS'18)Photography of Grace Koehl

Grace Koehl is a junior in Georgetown University's school of Nursing and Health Studies. She is pursuing a degree in Global Health with a minor in Spanish. Her studies have led her to develop a passion for the intersection of social justice and fields such as health and education. She has previously worked for the National Marrow Donor Program, Foster America, and One Tent Health, a nonprofit focused on providing HIV screenings to at-risk communities in DC. At the Center for Social Justice, Grace participates in the Alternative Breaks Program and tutors Portuguese for Young Diplomats, an after-school language class for children. She has also worked at the CSJ for the past two semesters. Grace is a 2018 Education and Social Justice Fellow, and she will conduct research in Madrid, Spain.

Erin Luck (F'18)Photography of Erin Luck

Erin Luck is a junior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown from La Porte, Indiana. She is pursuing a degree in International Political Economy. Erin currently works as an intern at the Department of State in the Office of UN Political Affairs. Previously, she worked for Washington Performing Arts, a non-profit organization in DC. While there, she assisted in coordination of the Embassy Adoption Program, an annual exchange that connects students in all wards with embassies and diplomatic entities for educational programming. Erin also previously lived and worked in Las Tablas, Panama teaching English. At Georgetown, Erin is a member of the Model United Nations Team and International Relations Club, through which she competes on the Model UN circuit and staffs conferences for other college and high school delegates. This summer, after traveling to Colombia with the Education and Social Justice Fellowship, she will travel to China to teach Model UN and staff satellite conferences for Georgetown.

Mary Breen (F'19)Photography of Mary Breen

Mary Breen is a junior in the School of Foreign Service, pursuing a major in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Security Studies. Beginning in high school, Mary discovered her passion for tutoring adult immigrants in English as a Second language in her hometown of Ambler, Pennsylvania. At Georgetown, Mary has been able to delve deeper into this important work as a tutor for the DC Schools Project at the Center for Social Justice (CSJ). Mary participated in the 2016 Magis Kino Border Immersion (KBI), an alternative break trip to the Arizona-Mexico border that explores the complexity and importance of immigration through CSJ and Campus Ministry. Mary was an Associate Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and also serves as a project team member of the Georgetown Speechwriting Advisory Group, which offers communication consulting to local non-profits. As an ESCAPE retreat leader, Mary helps new students reflect on the college transition and experience. A member of the inaugural class of the SFS Undergraduate Scholars Program, Mary conducts research and interviews for the Center for Latin American Studies.


Nick Na (F'18)Photography of Nick Na

Nick Na is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in International Development. Nick found his passion for international education in Clarkston, Georgia, through a high school refugee tutoring ministry in which he worked with youth from Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Bhutan, and Nepal. During his high school summers, Nick also engaged the Navajo community in New Mexico in education advocacy. At Georgetown, he is involved in the DC Schools Project which partners with DC’s immigrant community in English-language learning access. Nick is a 2017 Education and Social Justice Fellow and conducted research in Sydney, Australia.

Harshita Nadimpalli (F’18)Photography of Harshita Nadimpalli

Harshita Nadimpalli is a senior in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, class of 2018, majoring in international politics with a concentration in international security and a certificate in religion, ethics, and world affairs. She spent the spring 2017 semester studying in Lisbon, Portugal. On campus, she has worked the past three years at the Center for Social Justice for the After School Kids program as a mentor and coordinator. At the Berkley Center, Harshita previously worked as a research assistant. She is a 2017 Education and Social Justice Fellow and conducted research this summer in Mozambique.

Anastasia Sendoun (COL'18)Photography of Anastasia Sendoun

Anastasia Sendoun is a member of Georgetown College class of 2018, majoring in Government and Spanish. Originally from Chicago, she became interested in education after working with the DC Schools Project, a Center for Social Justice program that engages with DC’s immigrant community to provide tutoring and English-language access. During the summer of 2016, she had the opportunity to intern at the DC State Board of Education where she was able to learn more about education policy-making at both the local and federal level. Her passion for social justice work and international affairs led to an interest in international education research. During summer 2017, Anastasia conducted research in Ukraine through the Education and Social Justice Research Project, a program of CSJ and Berkley Center.

Mariam Diefallah

Originally from Egypt, Mariam Diefallah is currently living in Doha, Qatar and is studying at the branch campus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. As a member of the class of 2017, Mariam is majoring in Culture and Politics and pursuing the Certificate of Media and Politics, a collaborative program between both GU-Q and Northwestern University. Mariam’s interest in the relationship between education and social justice started when she was a student at a government-owned, Arabic-speaking public school in one of the impoverished neighbourhoods in Giza, Egypt. After travelling to Sri Lanka as a participant of a community engagement program to study themes of education and conflict-resolution, her interest increased. She was motivated to intern during the summer of 2015 at Teach for Qatar.


Sarah Jannarone

Originally from South New Jersey, Sarah Jannarone is an American Studies major and an Education, Inquiry and Social Justice minor in the College. After taking a gap year with City Year, an AmeriCorps program that strives to end the dropout crisis in America’s inner cities, Sarah discovered her passion for social justice within education. Now involved with Learning Enterprises, a nonprofit organization that sends international volunteers to 13 different host countries in order to teach the English language, she became interested in international education specifically. She hopes to study International Education after graduation, with a focus on social justice.

Khaliyah Legette

Khaliyah Legette is pursuing a major in American Studies and minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. Originally from New Jersey, she discovered her passion for education while serving as a tutor to elementary and middle school students while in high school. Her passion for international education grew after serving as a Project Ambassador for One World Youth Project, through which she taught a global curriculum with partner schools in Turkey, Guyana, Kosovo, and Pakistan to sixth graders in a DC public school. During summer 2015, Khaliyah was in Cape Town, South Africa tutoring and mentoring students through a program called OneHeartSource. Khaliyah is currently the Education Chair for the Georgetown NAACP, and a Project Manager Fellow for One World Youth Project.

Jonathan Thrall

Jonathan Thrall is a pursuing a major in Culture and Politics and a certificate in Religion, Ethics and World Affairs. Born and raised in Paris, France by American parents, Jonathan is passionate about the concepts of Identity and has crafted his major concentration around the themes of power, narrative and national identity. A longtime French tutor and aspiring academic, Jonathan has grown to appreciate the role of education, broadly defined, in shaping perspective and self-awareness and its potential as an agent for social change or, alternatively, an instrument of political power. In addition to his native English and French, Jonathan is fluent in Italian and Arabic; during the Summer and Fall of 2015, he studied abroad in Morocco and Jordan. He is currently a research assistant to Professor Yvonne Haddad of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

Carolyn Vilter

Carolyn Vilter is pursuing a major in Political Economy. She is passionate about education, accessibility, and immigration policy, interests which arose in high school when she began volunteering as an English as a Second Language tutor in the suburbs of Philadelphia. At Georgetown, she is a member of H*yas for Choice and a Carroll Fellow; she has also served as a research assistant at the Center for Social Justice and a coordinator for the Kalmanovitz Initiative’s Immigration and Labor Project. During Spring 2016, Carolyn was an intern with the State Department in Tijuana, Mexico in the Political/Economic Section of the United States Consulate.

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 Carolyn Vilter