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Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

UUSC Participatory Action Research Fellowships (Deadline: June 1, 2024 )

Advancing human rights through community-based research.
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Applications open for 2024-2025 UUSC Participatory Action Research Fellowships


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 will provide year-long grants to two fellows to work collaboratively with our research team. We seek applicants committed to community-led research practices that advance systemic change and the protection of human rights. Fellows must conduct participatory research projects with UUSC’s partners and the research team. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their previous research experience, their understanding of participatory methods, and the alignment of their proposal with UUSC and their partners’ human rights priorities.

Call for Applications

UUSC invites individuals committed to advancing equity and dismantling oppressive systems to apply for the Participatory Action Research Fellowships. Candidates anywhere in the United States may apply.

Areas of Experience

The following areas of expertise span the needs of many of UUSC’s grassroots partners. Please address your experience in one or more of the areas listed below in your application:

  • Migration Justice in Mesoamerica 
  • Climate-Forced Displacement/ Loss & Damage 
  • Political & Economic Sovereignty in Haiti
  • International Justice & Accountability in Burma

How to Apply

To be considered, interested individuals must submit their application to par-fellows@uusc.org by June 1, 2024.

Applications must include the following documents:

  • Personal statement outlining the applicant’s experience and skills related to the Areas of Experience above; the contributions that the applicant expects to make to UUSC and their partners during the fellowship; and how the fellowship could help advance the applicant’s career (2 pages max)
  • Resume (2 pages max)
  • Names and contact information for two references

Timeline and Process

  • Deadline for applications: June 1st 
  • Interviews: June
  • Fellows Announced: June 15th
  • Fellows generally begin work in September

What the Fellowship Includes

Each fellowship includes a stipend of $25,000.

Fellows will work remotely. Each fellow will dedicate approximately 10 hours per week for 10-12 months to collaborative research with UUSC’s partners.

Fellows will also meet as a cohort and with UUSC’s research team, and they will have the opportunity to experience the work of a human rights organization through collaboration across UUSC’s teams.