Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program

The Carnegie Foundation offers a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship Program, a paid, two-year program that provides recent college graduates with a chance to learn from and contribute to the Foundation’s efforts in the field of education and, more specifically, networked improvement science in education.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellows serve in full-time appointments at the Foundation and are placed in different programs and departments and are assigned a supervising mentor. Fellows gain a range of widely applicable professional skills in research, communication, group facilitation, teamwork, project management, writing, and leadership.

Fellows must be willing to commit to the two years of the fellowship program starting July 2018, must have obtained their Bachelor’s degree, completed within the past two academic years (May 2016-June 2018), and must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Applications are received on a rolling basis. You can apply here.


Research Opportunity: The Immigration and Border Community Research Experience for Undergraduates

This research opportunity allows undergraduates to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico, El Paso, and Ciudad Juárez.

Successful applicants will spend 10 weeks in the El Paso/Cruces/Ciudad Juárez region during the summer from May 21-July 28, 2018. Positions are fully from by the National Science Foundation through a stipend of $5,000 and meal expenses. In addition, students traveling from outside the region will receive accommodation and $500 towards their travel expenses.

Applicants must be at least sophomore standing in a social science discipline (Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography) or related field, and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Spanish language skills are preferred by not required. Students must be currently enrolled; recent graduates are not eligible. Due to federal regulations, students must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents, and have valid passports.

Applications are due on March 1st, 2018.

To learn more visit this link. For more information and for any questions or concerns, please contact Neil Harvey at (575) 646-3220 and or Jeremy Slack at (915) 747-6530 and

Mellon Mays Application Tips with Dean Asabe Poloma

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the academy. Rising juniors across eligible fields are invited to apply. As a private university, Brown’s MMUF program is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, DACA and undocumented students. Applications are due March 5, 2018 through UFUNDS.

Application Tips from Mellon Mays Associate Director Dr. Asabe Poloma:

1) What is the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship?

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is two-year research fellowship that sponsors students who are interested in pursuing a research project, particularly centered around issues of race, equity, and access. The program makes up a nationwide network that hopes to establish a cadre of young and aspiring scholars that want to contribute to the research enterprise across disciplines. Fellows should be prospectively interested in academic careers.

2) When should students begin thinking about this opportunity and their application?

It is never too early to start thinking about this opportunity. For first-year students, this means starting to think about what are your academic interests are and what interests you hope to pursue at Brown. When you engage in seminars and classes, what are the intellectual questions that draw your interest? If you were to design your own seminar, what scholarship and tools would you want to use?

In the fall semester of your second year, talk with your professors, faculty members, and those in your advising network about academic careers. Ask about what an academic career entails, not simply in relation to research but also teaching and service. What were their pathways? Start to think about what your driving focus could potentially be within and beyond your concentration. How would the Mellon elaborate on those interests? How can your current academic interests be a clear pathway to an academic career and a world beyond Brown?

If you enjoy the courses you are taking, talk to graduate students and faculty mentors; start engaging with the program through an information session and a meeting with the program director.

3) What does the selection process for the MMUF program look like?

The selection process is a very competitive process but also a very clearly outlined process. There are two main steps. The first involves applying to the program. The admissions committee, comprised of Brown faculty members across a range of disciplines, then review the applications thoughtfully and carefully and from an applicant pool, invite shortlisted candidates to interview. After the interview process, the pool is narrowed down to the finalists who are made the offer.

4) What qualities make an application stand out?

Academic promise. One quality that we look for is for applicants to demonstrate academic promise. In many ways, Mellon is not a just a meritorious award based on past accolades, but also about fellows’ imagined possibilities and potential impact as future scholars, mentors, and critically engaged educators. Intellectual creativity, risk-taking, and thinking about the world and engaging social and critical issues are academically promising qualities. We want to understand how students have mapped their academic experience and where they see them taking them.

Conceptualizing the power of academic tools. Another quality has to do with how students have started to think of the tools of their academic discipline to construct and deconstruct new forms of understanding about the world and what they care about. Students should see where the academic opportunities and gaps are. Take what you have learned and think about what you want to gain from the Mellon in terms of a personalized map for yourself, networks, advisors, and meeting other Mellon fellows.

Self-reflection. We want to see students who engage in a lot of self-reflection in the contemporary moment but also looking forward. In that reflection process, we want students to demonstrate how their individual reflection goals are related to larger social goals. How do you see your research contributing to important social justice issues and advancing racial justice?

5) Do you have any general tips for potentially applicants?

Develop and leverage a network that is informed about and would help you craft a competitive application. Talk about your work, talk about what upsets you, what excites you, and talk about how they could be used for a research agenda. Be comfortable with soliciting and seeking advice or feedback whether it be current fellows, faculty mentor who are familiar with other fellowships, and think about how you might conceptualize this in a proposal.

Develop nonacademic habits. As a Mellon research fellow, develop the other nonacademic habits that are integral to a successful research career. The ability to adapt, be coached, and self-reflect all are important to the process.

Keep your research a dialectical processResearch is not a solitary enterprise, especially if it is research dedicated to solving issues of racial and social justice. Mellon is based on the principles of community engaged scholarship, as well as community and peer collaboration. As individuals move through the process, it is such an important skill to be able to connect bridges, for people to give you feedback and translate the project for the communities you hope you are either representing or giving voice to. Think about your research as an intellectual application.

6) Is there anything else you want to say about the Mellon Mays Fellowship?

The Mellon cohort is one of the most tangible and long-lasting impacts of the program that students don’t always see. The cohort serves as a model for a group of peers to practice supporting each other’s intellectual process of discovery and also to have a community of like-minded individuals that can serve as a powerful antidote to what can be a solitary or isolated research process. Mellon is composed of people who are idealistic and passionate, and hold space for critical engagement and learn from each other. I don’t think a lot of students realize that when they are inducted into the Mellon family, their fellowship will translate to lifelong friendships.

For more resources, see this writing sample of the MMUF essay application.



Targeted Fellowship, Internship, and Research opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups


Don’t you love diversity?

There are many fellowship, internship, and research opportunities out there (far too many to list on this blog), and a significant portion of these are specifically for students from groups that have had a historically small presence within particular disciplines and within the university overall. Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs as they are called institutionally) can include any number of populations but is associated overall with students from marginalized minority groups, particularly:

  • Underrepresented Minority Students (Usually referring to Black, Latinx, and Native American, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students, but can be expanded to other groups depending on how it is defined).
  • First-Generation College Students (This term is used pretty generally, but can refer broadly to students who are of the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in America).
  • Low-Income Students (This one is also used pretty generally and can be relative based on the environment one is from and where one goes to college).

There are other opportunities that can also be looking for women broadly (especially in STEM fields), LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Here we hope to list some of what is out there, especially ones for Brown students. We will try to keep this post updated as we become aware of new opportunities and hope this can be a resource as you try to figure out what you can and should be applying for.

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Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program


The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 in historic preservation/cultural resources work. The program places interns with National Park Service park units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and private organizations. Intern sponsors provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field.

This program serves two purposes:

(1) Diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources field.

(2) National Park Service and partnership organizations have the opportunity to meet promising young people who might choose to work in the field.

Internships are offered during the summer (10 weeks). Projects include editing publications, planning exhibits, participating in archeological excavations, preparing research reports, cataloguing park and museum collections, providing interpretive programs on historical topics, developing community outreach, and writing lesson plans based on historical themes.

Summer Research Opportunity-ReNUWIt Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure

“ReNUWIt has several openings for paid research internships during Summer 2016. Apply to spend 9-10 weeks this summer on a mentored, independent research project in areas such as:

* Tailored Water * Energy Positive Wastewater Treatment * Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater * Concentrate Management * Unit Process Wetlands * Managed Aquifer Recharge * Stream Restoration * Stormwater Harvesting * Decision Support Tools * Urban Planning * Life-Cycle Assessment *

Please review the Program Details, Program Eligibility, and How to Apply (below) for further information.

Program Details

  • 9 weeks, June-August (exact dates vary by campus)
  • Competitive stipend (~$4500; varies by campus) and travel allowance up to $600
  • On-campus housing provided
  • Work expectation of 40 hrs/week
  • 3-day all-REU meeting at Stanford
  • Social and professional development events and activities

Program Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (required by NSF)
  • Junior or senior as of Fall 2016, graduating no earlier than December 2016
  • Attend U.S. college or university; preference to students from primarily undergraduate institutions and non-ReNUWIt campuses
  • Students from diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering programs are encouraged to apply”

James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

“The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded, nine-week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities. Fellows from underrepresented populations as defined by the federal government ( are strongly encouraged to apply.”

MURAP at UNC Chapel Hill-Humanities Summer Research


“The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity, into graduate school and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to our campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience.”