Urban Education Summer Fellowship 2021

The deadline to apply for the 2020 fellowship has passed. Information regarding 2021 summer fellowship will be available in January 2021.

Are you passionate about issues of educational equity and justice? Are you interested in working with local organizations, other students, and the Educational Studies Program at Rhodes this summer? Do you want to support curricular, pedagogical, and socially just transformations of our local educational landscape? If so, consider applying to the Urban Education Summer Fellowship!

This summer fellowship allows Rhodes students to critically examine issues in urban education, using the city of Memphis as a site to explore these issues both locally and nationally. The program aims to provide opportunities to integrate theory, research, and practice to consider the possibilities for schools and youth-facing organizations to work towards humanization and social justice.

Fellowship Dates: June 1 – July 24th, 2020

Who Can Apply: Rhodes students in the Class of 2021, 2022, or 2023 (all majors welcome)

What the Fellowship Involves:

  • Eight-week internship (approximately 35 hours/week) with a local organization focused on education issues in Memphis;
  • Weekly seminars (4 hours/week) exploring different aspects of educational equity and justice with other fellows and Educational Studies faculty; and
  • Weekly meetings with your faculty advisor (1 hour/week).

Previous Fellowship Community Partners Include:

  • Shelby County Schools
  • Facing History and Ourselves
  • LITE Memphis
  • Literacy Mid-South
  • Whole Child Strategies

Fellowship Benefits:

  • $3000 stipend
  • Free on-campus housing

Additional Details:

  • The expectation is that Fellows will make the Urban Education Summer Institute their primary commitment from June 1 – July 24th, 2020. Any other summer commitments (e.g., volunteering, work) should be made explicit on the application and must be approved by the Educational Studies program. Students should not be enrolled in coursework that overlaps with the fellowship.
  • While it is not required to already have experiences working in local schools and/or with local community organizations, you should still do some work to orient yourself to the local terrain of urban education and the organizations that are impacting our local schools.
    • Be sure to include your desired community partner(s) in your application essay, including any contact or previous experience you have had with them.
  • The Urban Education Summer Fellowship is highly competitive. Applying does not guarantee that a student will receive a fellowship.
  • Applications, including essay and resume, should be submitted online here. Please note that the application can be viewed without submitting, but in-process applications cannot be saved. We recommend that you view the application, prepare your responses (especially the essay) in another program (e.g., Word; Google Docs), then copy/paste your completed responses into the online form.

If you have questions or would like to discuss further, contact Dr. Taylor at taylorl@rhodes.edu.