Public Engagement Project Fellowship Applications

Do you want to share your research with audiences beyond the academy, write an effective op-ed or policy brief, testify before congress, or work with community and professional groups?

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass faculty for the Spring 2021 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, workshop your policy brief, blog, op-ed, or other public engagement product(s).

Faculty Fellows will meet twice per month during the 2021 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 work in small groups and receive peer mentoring tailored to their engagement plan, as well as to present their research to Massachusetts lawmakers. 

In addition to skill development, networking, and outreach opportunities, Public Engagement Faculty Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for their research account.

Selection criteria include:

  • Substantial record of research and/or scholarship as a faculty member
  • Research with the potential for significant public impact* 
  • Commitment to developing materials for non-academic audiences based on your research and scholarship
  • Capacity to pursue public engagement activities 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.

Application Process: Please fill out the application form and submit. Applications are due by Tuesday, January 19, 2021. For questions about the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship Program, email PEP Fellowship Director, Lisa Troy at

Applications will be reviewed and selected by the program steering committee, and applicants will be informed about final selections in late January 2021.