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UUSC Participatory Action Research Fellowships

UUSC seeks to provide two year-long grants, one to an activist with significant experience and one to a graduate student or recent graduate, to work collaboratively with our research team.

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Background 

UUSC’s Participatory Action Research Fellowships are designed to strengthen and promote the role of participatory action research as a powerful tool to advance human rights and social justice. Through this fellowship program, UUSC seeks to provide two year-long grants, one to an activist with significant experience and one to a graduate student or recent graduate, to work collaboratively with our research team. The fellowships seek applicants who are committed to community-led research practices that advance systemic change and the protection of human rights. Fellows are expected to conduct participatory research projects focused in one of UUSC’s programmatic areas (Climate Forced Displacement, Migrant Justice, Disaster Justice), in collaboration with UUSC’s partners and their research team. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their previous research and activism experience, their understanding of participatory methods, and the alignment of their proposal with UUSC and their partners’ human rights priorities. 

Call for Applications 

In 2021, the Fellowships are focused broadly on the future of migration, disaster, and climate activism in a post-pandemic world. UUSC invites individuals committed to advancing equity and dismantling oppressive systems to apply for the Participatory Action Research Fellowships in the categories of experienced activist or graduate student. The Fellowships are open to candidates from anywhere in the United States. 

Experienced Activist: Applicants to the Experienced Activist Research Fellowship are expected to have at least 10 years of experience as grassroots or base building activists. Applications for the Experienced Activist Research Fellowship will be assessed based on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity and community impact potential of the project proposal; 
  • Applicant’s vision for the role of participatory-action research methodologies in the advancement of human rights and justice today; 
  • Relevance of participatory-action research methods to tackle proposed project; 
  • Alignment of proposal with UUSC’s programmatic priorities; and 
  • Pertinence of the proposal for the priorities of UUSC’s current partners (learn more about our partners here). 

Graduate Student: Applicants to the Graduate Research Fellowship are graduate students or recent graduates (graduated up to two years before July 31, 2021). Applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship will be assessed based on the following criteria: 

  • Alignment of applicant’s skills and interests with UUSC’s programmatic priorities;  
  • Applicant’s vision for the role of participatory-action research methods in the advancement of human rights and justice today; 
  • Demonstrated experience conducting impactful participatory-action research with community-based organizations; and
  •  Potential of applicant’s background to contribute to the work UUSC’s current partners (learn more about our partners here). 

How to Apply 

To be considered, interested individuals must submit their application to par-fellows@uusc.org by April 30, 2021, indicating if they are applying to the Experienced Activist or the Graduate Student category.  

Applications for the Experienced Activist Research Fellowship category must include the following documents: 

  • Proposal outlining the project to be conducted during the fellowship, special emphasis should be given to the description of the problem that will be tackled, potential contributions, and anticipated outputs for the project (2 pages max)
  • Cover letter (2 pages max) 
  • Resume (2 pages max) 
  • Names and contact information for 2 references. 

Applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship category must include the following documents: 

  • Personal statement outlining the applicant’s interests, experiences, and skills; the contributions that the applicant expects to make to UUSC and their partners during the fellowship; and how the fellowship could help advancing the applicant’s career (2 pages max)
  •  Cover letter (2 pages max) 
  • Resume (2 pages max) 
  • Names and contact information for 2 references. 

Timeline and Process 

  • Deadline for applications: April 30, 2021. 
  • Interviews: May 2021. 
  • Announcement of fellows: May 28, 2021. 

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