The Community Research Fellowship connects undergraduate students with community partners and faculty members to participate in research. With the community partner and faculty member serving as guides, this unique fellowship allows students to participate in community-based research with the community.
Students who engaged in a service-learning course or an academic internship may continue working with their community partner site through this research fellowship. Drawing from research inquiries that address the assets and pressing needs of our communities, the research questions often emerge from the community and experiences of students in the community. This fellowship encourages the use of creative methodological approaches that honor the knowledge and experience of community members as a source of knowledge. Students may engage in various research paradigms and methodologies based on the community partner research questions. For example, students may help community organizations evaluate programs (evaluation research), conduct community asset-mapping, or facilitate interviews for narratives. Students may identify their community partner and faculty mentor, as well as their research question and methodological approaches, on their own. Student may also choose to apply to the featured community research opportunities below.
The meaningful rewards of a fellowship have little to do with money, but the program does provide financial support. Fellows receive a $2,000 award paid in three installments, $500 at the beginning of their term of research, $1,000 midway through, and $500 in the spring, 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. For each request, fellows and mentors must submit a budget request to firstname.lastname@example.org including whatever additional documentation is required depending on the method you are using to access the budget. Both mentor and fellow should always be on the e-mail submitting these forms. There are several different ways fellows and mentors access research budgets.