Applications Invited for Spring 2021 Public Engagement Fellowships

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The Public Engagement Project (PEP) invites applications for spring 2021 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowships from UMass Amherst faculty who want to share research with audiences beyond the academy, write an effective op-ed piece or policy brief, testify before Congress or work with community and professional groups.

Public Engagement faculty fellows:

  • Develop a fellowship plan tailored to their expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics
  • Receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivating networks to reach those publics, and workshopping their policy brief, blog, op-ed piece or other public engagement products
  • Receive a $1,000 stipend for their research account

Selection criteria include:

  • A substantial record of research and/or scholarship as a faculty member
  • Research or scholarship with the potential for significant public impact, which recognizes the many forms that public engagement can take
  • A commitment to developing materials for non-academic audiences based on your research and scholarship
  • The capacity to pursue public engagement activities during the fellowship period and beyond

The application deadline is Jan. 19, with selections to be announced in late January. For more information visit

PEP is a faculty-driven initiative to support colleagues who want to use their research to contribute to social change, inform public policy and enrich public debate. PEP is sponsored by the colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education, Engineering and Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Public Policy, Center for Research on Families, Institute for Social Science Research, the Office of the Provost and University Relations.

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