Social Justice Research Fellowship
As part of the Center for Experiential Learning, LUROP is pleased to announce the creation of the Social Justice Research Fellowship, which aims to support undergraduate Loyola students in conducting focused, faculty-mentored research connected to social justice.
The emphasis of this fellowship is on applied research, highlighting research that does justice, such as research on justice-related issues, research with community-based organizations, and/or research in response to pressing social issues. Applicants should be able to state clearly the general purpose and specific objectives, what they propose to do, the significance related to social justice, the approach related to your academic area or the interdisciplinary approach, and what results or products you expect to be generated. Define clearly what roles you and your faculty mentor will have. Describe how you will conduct your social justice research project, discussing, for example, the methodologies, equipment, or resources that you will use to bring your endeavors to fruition. Explain the community or social impact this project may have, related to social justice.
Social Justice Research Fellows and their mentors are responsible for working together to set mutual expectations, which they do through the application process, and through the Social Justice Research Fellowship Learning Agreement. Fellows and mentors are strongly encouraged to read over this webpage with learning objectives and effective practices for researchers.
In terms of time commitment, while Social Justice Research Fellows and their mentors are encouraged to agree on a project timeline and to meet regularly to assess progress, fellows are not required to fill out timecards. Typically, summer fellows agree with their mentors to work between 10-20 hours per week over 10 weeks, while academic year fellows tend to work between 4-10 hours per week over the course of the academic year. However, the time commitment varies and ultimately depends on the agreement between the mentor and the fellow.
While attendance is not required, fellows and their mentors are strongly encouraged to attend at least one Social Justice Research Fellowship event each semester, and are welcome to attend as many as they like.
The capstone of the fellowship is Loyola’s spring research symposium, at which all Social Justice Research Fellows are expected to share their research projects in either an oral presentation or poster presentation. Fellows are also encouraged to present their work at other conferences, and should rely on their mentors and other fellows for feedback as they construct their presentations.
The meaningful rewards of a Social Justice Research Fellowship have little to do with money, but the program does provide financial support. Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend paid in three installments, $250 at the beginning of their term, $500 after they submit a mid-term progress report, and $250 after they present at Loyola’s spring research symposium.
Additionally, fellows can apply to receive up to $1,000 in a research budget. The research budget is not awarded as a lump sum, but paid out through reimbursements or purchase orders. For each request, fellows and mentors must submit 1) a budget request form and 2) receipts for reimbursement or purchase orders. If a purchase order will not work, sometimes direct purchases through the LUROP office can be arranged.
In terms of research budget availability, they are available starting July 1st for summer fellows and starting on the first day of fall classes for academic year fellows. The last day for either summer or academic year fellows to submit receipts and purchase orders is the last day of class in the spring semester.
For more detailed information on stipends and research budgets, see the Social Justice Research Fellowship Stipend and Budget Info form below.
Social Justice Research Fellowship Budget Request Form (complete and submit to access budget)
Social Justice Research Fellowship Progress Report Prompt (Due 8/15 for summer fellows, 1/15 for academic year fellows)
Social Justice Research Fellowship Learning Agreement (complete and submit by last day of finals, spring)
Social Justice Research Fellowship Stipend and Budget Info (read over with mentor by last day of finals, spring)
Social Justice Research Fellowship Payment Authorization Form (complete and submit by last day of finals, spring)
W9 Form (complete and submit by last day of finals, spring)
If students want to obtain academic credit in conjunction with conducting this research, there are research courses designed to do so that fulfill the university's "engaged learning" requirement. Read here for more information.
Applying for the Social Justice Research Fellowship
As with the other LUROP Fellowships, students must apply online for the Social Justice Research Fellowship by March 1. Additionally, all applicants MUST have a faculty member willing to serve as a mentor BEFORE applying. Upper-level undergraduates generally apply with projects they have taken more individual initiative over designing, while younger undergraduates tend to apply with projects that their mentors designed (although all fellows should show a distinct individual component and take initiative within the project).
A group of faculty from various disciplines will evaluate each application, including an abstract and project description that includes a project timeline, a budget, and the mentor’s letter of recommendation.
For more information about the Social Justice Research Fellowship program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773.508.3886.
Andrew Warne, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Research Program Manager
Patrick Green, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Experiential Learning