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About the Summer Fellowship Program

The Othering & Belonging Institute Summer Fellowship is a paid research experience for individuals seeking to develop their research skills by engaging with the Institute’s multidisciplinary research, analysis, policy, and strategic narrative work. The purpose of the fellowship is to build the capacity and network of the next generation of researchers and community leaders who are committed to social and racial justice by providing mentorship and hands-on experience with social science research. In addition to working directly with their staff supervisor on an individual research project (see “Summer Projects” below),  fellows engage as a cohort in weekly meetings or workshops on Institute frameworks, research methodologies, and contemporary social justice issues throughout the summer.

  • Applications open: December 5, 2022
  • Applications close: January 15, 2023 8:00pm PST
  • Fellowship period: May 16 to August 16, 2023
  • Time Commitment: Part-time, 20 hours per week
  • Location: The 2023 Summer Fellowship will be held remotely.

Compensation: Each fellow’s hourly compensation rate is based on years of education completed and the University’s fixed pay scale and equity standards. Rates range from $23/hr to $30/hr depending on education level.

About OBI

The Othering and Belonging Institute (OBI) advances groundbreaking approaches to transforming structural marginalization and inequality. We are scholars, organizers, communicators, researchers, artists, and policymakers committed to building a world where all people belong.


The Summer Fellowship is open to traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students, graduate students within their first or second year of master’s level or PhD programs, as well as recent graduates of undergraduate or master’s level programs at any university, college, or community college. To be eligible, non-US international students must have a visa and US work permit, per UC Berkeley policy.

Application Process:

To apply, please complete the online application form by 8:00 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, January 15, 2023. Note: The application portal requires users to create an account with the Submittable platform.

The following documents are required:

COVER LETTER: maximum 2 pages

Please address all three of the following questions:

  1. How do your lived experiences and personal goals inform your interest in working with the Othering & Belonging Institute as a summer fellow?
  2. Which O&B Institute program(s) are you most interested in working with and why?
  3. What relevant academic or professional experience and skills would you bring to your work with the specific program(s) you're most interested in?

RESUME: maximum 2 pages

WRITING SAMPLE: maximum 5 pages, double spaced, of which you are the sole author. This may be an excerpt of a longer piece/paper. Please provide a 1-2 sentence description of the original purpose of the piece (e.g. the course, project, and/or assignment it was written for, title, and date of submission/publication).  A list of references or works cited may be attached as a separate page, which does not count toward the five-page limit.

Please visit the FAQs page for additional information. If your question isn’t answered in the FAQs, contact the Othering & Belonging Summer Fellowship Committee at

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