Fellowship opportunity: Research Fellows Program, Equity Research Cooperative

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The Equity Research Cooperative (EqRC) is a non-profit research collective that advances the social, economic, educational, and political interests of communities of color through community-engaged research, advocacy, and the praxis of redistribution. As a People of Color-led interdisciplinary research cooperative, we strategically redistribute our financial resources, academic capital, and operational infrastructure to social justice initiatives, organizations, and movements that redress structural oppression.


A deep and abiding freedom dream guides us: one day Black and Brown communities will receive and experience dynamic reparative justice, and the depth and breadth of white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism are eradicated. On this day, Black and Brown communities will stand in the power of their sovereignty. We embrace this vision as a rich inheritance of social justice movements before us and the radical love we share. This is our dream.

EqRC operates a Research Fellows Program that aims to introduce and provide graduate students (and recent graduates) with an opportunity to engage in critical research and organizational development opportunities within a justice-centered collective. Based on mutual interests and technical skill sets, fellows will:

  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research to support EqRC’s grant project portfolio
    • All current research projects examine equity issues in higher education for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and students from low-income backgrounds.
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings and complete assigned work per research deadlines established.
  • Collaborate with EqRC Graduate Research Fellows to complete assigned research tasks; supervise EqRC Undergraduate Research Fellows as necessary.
  • Communicate proactively with Project Leads and all members of the research team to support the timely completion of assigned tasks.
  • Receive professional development opportunities for research, grantmaking, nonprofit management, and advocacy.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled and all organizational and project needs are met. The contract term will be 10 months as the Fellow is employed as a contractor (1099). This position will be remote/virtual. For the 10 months of work, this position can expect to receive approximately $20,000, which will be disbursed on a monthly payment cycle. Payment each month is contingent upon completing assigned tasks and duties satisfactorily.

The Fellows program is designed for full-time graduate students who have completed at least one year of graduate work and recently graduated students interested in research methods, racial justice, equity in higher education, and non-academic research.

We are also open for this opportunity to be occupied by someone currently in this field or with interest in pivoting to this field and is looking for fellowship work.

We strongly encourage applicants that self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to apply for consideration. Please note, however, that all U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card); individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program; Indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794; individuals granted Temporary Protected Status; asylees; and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible to apply for consideration.

Interested parties must apply by submitting their materials to: Jalil Bishop at jalil@equityresearchcooperative.org. Please provide the following documents and information:

  • Curriculum vitae or Resume
  • Cover Letter with explicit reference to fellowship, EqRC, and above tasks.
  • 2-3 References

As a note, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. In general, applicants will go through the following review process:

  • Step 1: Once submitted, applications will be reviewed by EqRC staff.
  • Step 2: Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process.

Following the formal interview process, EqRC will check applicants’ references and make formal determinations on fellowship offers. All applicants will be informed of their application status once determinations have been made.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about the fellowship program or your eligibility. You can reach us via email at jalil@equityresearchcooperative.org.