Fellowship Program

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 most effective professional development I have experienced since coming to UMass 20 years ago..."

                                                                                 -Stephen Sireci
                                                                                  Professor, Department of Educational
                                                                                  Policy, Research & Administration
                                                                                 2016 Faculty Fellow

As a Public Engagement Project Faculty Fellow you will:

  • Develop a public engagement plan tailored to your expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics.
  • Receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivating networks to reach those publics, and one-on-one peer mentoring from a UMass scholar active in public engagement.
  • Receive a $1,000 stipend for your research account.

Faculty Fellows meet twice per month during the spring semester, attend skill-building workshops offered by faculty, communications experts from University Relations, and others experienced with public engagement. Fellows also work in small groups to receive peer feedback on their public engagement plans and products based on their scholarship to engage with public audiences.

Selection criteria include:
* Substantial record of research / scholarship as a faculty member.
* Research / scholarship with the potential for significant public impact.
* Commitment to developing materials for non-academic audiences.
* 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, policymakers, the courts, advocacy groups, or professional and
practitioner organizations.

Questions? Please contact the PEP Fellowship Director, Lisa M. Troy at pep@umass.edu

The application period for the 2024 PEP Fellowship is closed. Please check next year during November!


In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health and Health Sciences, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research