Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows for Education and Social Policy

Brown President speaking to Annenberg Undergraduate Scholars

Brown University President Christina Paxon speaking to Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows on Education and Social Policy


The Annenberg Institute is dedicated to understanding the causes and mitigating the consequences of educational inequality in innovative, research-informed and multidimensional ways. As set forth in our mission statement, our conviction is that improved educational equality leads to enriched opportunities for children and youth, ultimately contributing to more just and flourishing societies.

The Annenberg Undergraduate Fellows Program is an eight-week, paid summer fellowship that aims to prepare current Brown undergraduates to engage in rigorous empirical research in education, social policy, and related fields, in support of our mission.

During the course of the program, a cohort of 8-10 Fellows engage in a series of didactic workshops and seminars and participate experientially in team-based research projects that focus on schools, students, and education policy. Fellows are exposed to and interact with a wide range of Brown faculty who are working in these domains. The team-based project environment emphasizes mentorship and peer learning. The program fosters a dynamic, diverse, and supportive intellectual community as well as an enduring relationship with the Annenberg Institute.

Training Goals Include:

  1. Understand key education and social policy questions.
  2. Develop skills in data management and data analysis.
  3. Gain fluency in using statistical software to conduct quantitative analysis.
  4. Practice communication skills including data displays, visualization, and academic writing.
  5. Become an effective member of a research team.

Following this program, Fellows will have abundant opportunities to join faculty-led research projects as paid research assistants. Completion of this training will also facilitate Fellows’ transition to related graduate study programs or professions in social science and policy.

Program Requirements:

  • Fellowship applicants should have a strong interest in education and social policy and motivation to continue to pursue research during their time at Brown.
  • Selected Fellows are expected to commit to the entire 8-week, residential, full-time (35 hours/week) training program.
  • Selected fellows will have to complete an I-9 (federal verification of eligibility to work) in order to receive the fellowship stipend.
  • Note: This has been designed as a residential/on-site program. If the global health crisis is such that the program cannot be delivered in-person, the Annenberg Institute will notify the selected cohort of cancellation or reconfiguration no later than April 15, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • The program is open to Brown undergraduate students in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years.
  • Undergraduates from all concentrations and backgrounds are welcome to apply.
  • Prerequisites:
    • Coursework in introductory statistics (e.g., EDUC 1110, SOC 1100, CLPS 0900, APMA 1650, ECON 1620 or equivalent) is required.
    • Selected Fellows will receive substantial training in statistical computing software during the program. Familiarity with statistical computing software (e.g. Stata, R, etc.) is preferred, but though not required.

Program Dates:

May 17, 2021 - July 9, 2021*

*Program dates subject to change, pending guidance from the University relative to Covid-19 operating protocols.

Funding Award:

The Annenberg Institute will provide a $4,200.00 stipend to selected fellows, disbursed in four equal installments over the course of the fellowship program. With our gratitude, the Stone Inequality Fund, a charitable gift to the Department of Economics, is supporting the stipend of three fellows in the 2021 cycle. Note: Housing is NOT provided by this fellowship but Fellows are normally eligible for affordable, summer housing via Brown Residence Life. For details/To apply, see here: https://www.brown.edu/academics/summer-session/campus-life.php or contact res_life@brown.edu

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit:

  • An internal transcript/current Academic Record
  • A completed application form. Applicants will be required to respond to the following short-answer questions on the application:
    • In a short paragraph, please tell us why you are interested in becoming an Annenberg fellow? (max 250 words)
    • In a short paragraph, please share how your coursework, volunteer, and/or work experiences prepares you to engage in education and social policy research? (max 250 words)
    • At the Annenberg Institute, we believe that having a cohort of fellows with diverse backgrounds/perspectives is essential to fostering new and innovative ideas for addressing social issues. Please describe what you hope to contribute to this cohort.
    • Please design a research question, the study of which you believe would help equalize and improve educational opportunities.

The Annenberg Institute aims to build diverse, inclusive and supportive cohorts. Students from underrepresented groups and students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Applicants will be informed of the selection decision no later than February 17, 2021.

As noted above, if the program is cancelled due to the public health crisis, the Annenberg Institute aims to notify the selected cohort of cancellation by mid-April.

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