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Eberly College Social Justice Research Fellows Program

Apply now. Applications are due September 16 at 5 p.m.

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the creation of the Social Justice Research Fellows Program. This highly selective program is limited to 10 current Eberly College Masters or PhD students.

This new initiative is designed to:

  1. Enhance the overall graduate student experience by creating an interdisciplinary, dynamic community where ideas are shared. 
  2. Facilitate networking and collaborations between graduate students, faculty and university leadership.
  3. Share knowledge and understanding of the multiple ways that social justice informs teaching, research and service. 
  4. Provide feedback on research and professional development skills. 
  5. Interact with the larger university community to develop an understanding of higher education’s infrastructure.   
  6. Link Eberly College’s graduate research to community/civic engagement in a way that serves the people of West Virginia. 

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Currently be an enrolled graduate student in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. (We will consider applications from all PhD and master's level programs, including the MFA, MPA etc.)
  2. Commit to monthly meetings during the fall and spring semesters. Students will be dismissed from the program after two absences.   
  3. Connect the work in your field to the broad and inclusive theory of social justice. 

Participants in the program will receive multiple benefits: 

  1. Constructive feedback on research 
  2. Mentorship opportunities 
  3. Discussions and engagement with campus leaders 
  4. Professional training and guidance 
  5. Job search skills including interview preparation 
  6. Engaging readings related to the university experience
  7. Connections to community organizations around the state 

To apply, please complete this form , where you must upload two documents: a letter of recommendation and CV. The letter of recommendation should come from a faculty member in your program and address your academic performance and the way that your research or area of study might lend itself to social justice-oriented community engagement. Your current CV should be formatted according to your discipline’s guidelines. Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 16 at 5 p.m. For those accepted into the program, the first meeting will be October 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Woodburn Hall.  

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lupe Davidson (she/her/hers) at