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. 


In 2012, students received fellowships for research positions at the California Reentry Program,, and the Environmental Defense Fund.  In 2013, our fellows worked at the DataCenter, the Community Food & Justice Coalition, and the Green Taiwan Cultural and Educational Foundation, a nonprofit based in Taipei. 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. 


Fellows are selected each year after careful review of their application materials by a student committee. A typical timeline for the fellowship is as follows:

 February Call for applications through the department listserv 
 March Applications Due
 April Fellows announced
 May     Fellowship pre-planning with fellows and committee
 June/July Fellows intern at placement organizations
 Sept     Fellowship Presentations

For inquiries about the fellowship, please contact Elizabeth McKenna at emckenna_AT_berkeley_DOT_edu.