Apply to the 2020 Summer Fellowship

The application portal for the 2020 O&B Institute Summer Fellowship is closed. Applications for the 2021 Summer Fellowship will open on Thursday, December 3, 2020. For information about the Summer Fellowship, please visit our FAQs page.

The Institute
The Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, communicators, culturemakers, community partners, and other stakeholders committed to care for the earth and transformative work that advances a more fair and inclusive society. The faculty, staff, researchers, and affiliates of the Othering & Belonging Institute work together with multidisciplinary approaches to learn, research, and construct solutions for society's most pressing issues. Our programs and initiatives are all designed to effect transformative change.

The Fellowship
The Othering & Belonging Institute Summer Fellowship is a three-month-long, part-time, 20-hour per week paid research experience. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare and engage with the next generation of researchers and future community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience with social science research. The fellowship runs from May 18 to August 14, 2020, and takes place at the Othering & Belonging Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus. All summer fellows are expected to fully participate in the fellowship and work from the Institute office for the full 14-week program.

During the fellowship, summer fellows will be oriented to Othering & Belonging Institute's research methods and frameworks and receive mentorship in qualitative and/or quantitative research to develop research outcomes independently. In addition to independent work on assigned summer projects, fellows will explore pressing social justice issues as a cohort by participating in bi-weekly workshops and collaboratively organizing a local field trip to engage with issues and stakeholders in the field.

The Summer Fellowship is open to traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students, graduate students in their first or second year of master’s level or PhD programs, as well as recent graduates of undergraduate or master’s level programs at any university, college, or community college in the United States. To be eligible, international students must secure their own visa and US work permit by mid-April 2020, per UC Berkeley policy.

Fellows will receive compensation for 20 hours of work per week. Each fellow’s hourly compensation rate is based on years of education completed. All accepted applicants must arrange and cover the expenses of their travel and housing accommodations.

Summer Projects
Summer fellows will dedicate most of their paid work hours to their individual summer projects. Each fellow will be paired with a lead researcher to work on a predetermined summer-long project for a specific program area. Summer projects will primarily involve independent online work on applied and policy-oriented research; background research (such as literature reviews, case studies, background memos, etc.); support of ongoing research (such as data analysis or writing support for reports, discussion papers, journal articles, or book chapters); drafting of materials for public education (such as visuals for presentations or publications); and other research tasks as assigned.

Each summer fellow will be matched with one of the following programs based on alignment between their skills, experience, interests, and each program’s project needs:

All Summer Fellows are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to social and racial justice, equity, and civil liberties.
  • Work at the Othering & Belonging Institute office on the UC Berkeley campus for the entire duration of the fellowship.
  • Work 20 hours per week for three months (May 18 to August 14, 2020).
  • Engage in collective learning as a cohort through regularly scheduled workshops, activities, and weekly discussions with each other, workshop presenters, and staff at the institute.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Research proficiency.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and political acumen.
  • Interested in, and experience supporting social justice and equity issues.
  • Self-starter with the ability to initiate and complete work with limited supervision.
  • Stellar organizational skills, and ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Desirable Skills

  • Quantitative research skills, including but not limited to data collection; data entry; statistical analysis; and retrieval, compilation, manipulation, and synthesis of Census Bureau data.
  • Qualitative research skills, including coding qualitative data, such as interview and focus group transcripts, and writing literature reviews.
  • Multimedia and editorial skills, such as writing and editing electronic newsletters, video recording and editing using Adobe Premiere, and audio editing using Adobe Audition (for those interested in the Strategic Communications team).
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, R, Stata, ArcGIS or Microsoft Excel.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following documents as a single PDF file through the application portal ( before 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2020.      

  1. A cover letter, no longer than 2 pages, describing your experience, why you would be a good fit for this fellowship, and which program(s) you are most interested in working with;
  2. A resume, no longer than 2 pages; and
  3. A writing sample of no more than 5 pages, which could be a publication, part of your thesis, or a course research paper.

Interviews will be held between February 24 and March 14, 2020, and candidates will be notified of our decision by early April 2020.

Applications submitted after 5pm on Friday, January 31, 2020, or without a cover letter, resume, and writing sample will not be considered.

For any questions, please contact the Othering & Belonging Summer Fellowship Committee at