Berkeley Social Justice Fellowship

The Berkeley Social Justice Fellowship provides three $3,000 stipends for Cal Sociology graduate students to conduct research fellowships with social change organizations. This is an opportunity to hone applied research skills, to gain connections and experiences that might be useful in academic research, and to contribute to a social cause that you believe in. 

Previously, students received fellowships for research positions at the Center for Policing Equity, the Bay Area Urban Debate League, the California Reentry Program, and the Environmental Defense Fund, and many more. Fellows provided research support including: survey design, report and guide writing, data management and analysis, reviews of academic literature, oral histories, and investigations of business practices. 

We are somewhat flexible about the timing and duration of the internship, but we expect Fellows to work around 6-8 weeks, or 240 hours over a longer period of time. Fellowships may be conducted over the summer or during the 2019-20 academic year. All fellows must commit to a preparation meeting before the fellowship and a feedback meeting after to present their research and internship experience. 


Completed applications should be sent to Kimberly Burke at by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 5th. The application consists of a CV or resume and a cover letter that explains: 

(a) Your interest in working for an organization of your choice

(b) How this work will contribute to social justice

(c) How this work will contribute to your career

Additionally, you must submit a letter of support from your host organization detailing your specific duties as a fellow, and how this will contribute to its mission and work. If you are not able to secure the letter by the deadline, please let us know and we will consider granting extensions.  


Fellows are selected each year after careful review of their application materials by a student committee. The 2019 timeline for the fellowship is:



Call for applications through the department listserv 

Application information session conducted by previous fellows: March 14th at 4p in 420 Barrows


Applications due April 5th to

Fellows announced April 23rd 


BSJF Speaker Series: Megan Comfort, PhD May 3rd 2-3:30p in 402 Barrows Hall

Fellowship pre-planning with fellows and committee


 Fellows intern at placement organizations


Fellows meet with committee to plan for upcoming application cycle


For inquiries about the fellowship, please contact Kimberly Burke at