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PEP Fellowships: Applications Due November 21

UMass Public Engagement Project

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass tenure-line faculty for the Spring 2017 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship.



As a Public Engagement Faculty Fellow, you’ll develop a fellowship plan tailored to your expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. You will receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivate networks to reach those publics, and workshop your policy brief, blog, op-ed piece, or other public engagement product(s). 

Faculty Fellows will meet twice per month during the 2017 spring semester, attending panels and skill-building workshops offered by faculty, communications experts from University Relations, and others experienced with public engagement. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work in small groups and receive peer mentoring tailored to their engagement plan, as well as to present their research to Massachusetts lawmakers. An initial meeting for accepted applicants will take place in the afternoon on December 16, 2016.

In addition to opportunities for skill development, networking, and outreach, Public Engagement Faculty Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend for their research account.


Selection criteria include:

  • Substantial research record
  • Research with the potential for significant public impact
  • Commitment to developing materials for non-academic audiences during the fellowship period and beyond

“Potential for significant public impact” recognizes the many forms that public engagement can take—e.g., working with media, policy makers, the courts, advocacy groups, or professional and practitioner organizations.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by the program steering committee, and applicants will be informed about final selections no later than December 2, 2016.


1. A current copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV). 

2. A three-page, double-spaced statement that describes:

  • ​​​The significance of your research for lay audiences. 
  • The method(s) you think will be most effective sharing your research outside the academy. 
  • Your rationale for why this is the right time/stage of your career to become more publicly engaged.
  • Concerns you may have about sharing your research with broader audiences

For questions about the Fellowship, please contact PEP Director, Amy Schalet at

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