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APPLY NOW: Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship 2015-2016

Dr. Roland Anglin (Cornwall Center) and Dr. Henry Coleman (Bloustein School) presenting at a 2014 Fellowship Workshop


The Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship at Rutgers University- Newark is a joint partnership of the Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CliME) at the Rutgers Law School and the Graduate School- Newark.  The Fellowship aims to promote interdisciplinary study and serious public scholarship about the structure of place-based inequality.  This broad subject includes institutional analyses (e.g., education, housing, public health, infrastructure, social services) of how racial and economic inequality is reproduced to sustain geographies of relative opportunity across our region and beyond.  It is open to all students at Rutgers School of Law-Newark or in the Graduate School-Newark.


This is a one-year fellowship available to law students and graduate students who are interested in publishing an interdisciplinary research project on issues related to equity and opportunity in the Greater Rutgers region of Northern New Jersey.  While separate from students’ degree or requirements, the Fellowship will afford opportunities to explore one’s interests in collaboration with students and faculty from other Rutgers departments. 

The select group of graduate students and law students named as fellows will be provided stipends totaling $1,500 each for participation in the program.


Fall 2015: Fellows will participate in four half-day workshops, featuring key Rutgers faculty from a diversity of disciplines, on topics in metropolitan equity such as public finance, educational systems, and public health.  Workshops are tentatively scheduled for the following four Fridays: 10/16, 10/30, 11/13, 12/4.   Fellows will also submit a one-page brief after each workshop.

Spring 2016: Fellows will take the interdisciplinary course “Race, Class, and Metropolitan Equity”, offered at the Rutgers School of Law- Newark and taught by Prof. David Troutt.  The course will contribute to Fellows’ understandings of metropolitan equity, and will offer a foundation for developing their fellowship papers.

Summer 2016: Fellows will have the summer to complete a publishable paper on the topic of their choosing, as it relates to metropolitan equity in Northern New Jersey.  The paper will be no less than 25 pages, and will be written under the guidance of a Fellowship advisor of each Fellow’s choosing.  The completed fellowship papers will be published by CLiME, and fellows will present their work at a culminating scholarship conference to be held in September 2016.


The Fellowship Application is available here and is due on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11:59pm. 

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“As an out-of-state student, the CLiME Fellowship provided a unique format for appreciating the complexity of Newark while putting into context, and disempowering, the city’s infamous reputation.  At the same time, while learning the intricacies of red-lining and Abbott districts, for example, the impacts of these policies were not only observable in my every day interactions, but also in the news of Ferguson, Baltimore, Staten Island, and elsewhere.  The CLiME Fellowship seminars were in-depth, yet digestible and coherent forays into a different aspect of intractable urban inequality while also facilitating personal connections across disciplines and fields of study between myself and other students and faculty.  This exposure to the work of other graduate departments and the opportunity to share the resources of my own department with others was invaluable.” —Elise Popp, Peace & Conflict Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

“When I first saw the Equity and Opportunity Fellowship announcement, I was extremely excited because the announcement came shortly after the release of the ArchCity Defender’s report highlighting the predatory nature of the Ferguson Municipal court, a prime example of what I was soon to learn was place based inequality. I eagerly submitted my application and waited eagerly for the decision of whether or not I had been accepted to the fellowship program. Once the program began, it was everything I thought it would be. The Equity and Opportunity fellowship provided me with a space where I could discuss legal and social theories regarding placed based inequity with other like-minded students and experts across different disciplines and programs. Additionally, I was able to work closely with Professor Troutt, who taught me to view the world through the lens of place based inequity, a concept which has changed the way in which I view the world. Without the Equity and Opportunity fellowship I would not have been introduced to the concept of Procedural Justice, a concept which has transformed how I view everyday interactions with the legal system. The skills that I acquired during my fellowship assisted me immensely with my summer internship at the Mayor’s Office of Crime Prevention where I worked on issues like crime prevention through environmental design and alternative courts that incorporated the theories around procedural justice and place based inequity that I learned about during my fellowship.” – Farah Rahaman, Rutgers Law School

 “While pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in urban education, the Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship was the prefect intellectual community for drawing out the complex interrelationships between urban policy issues.  The highly esteemed group of workshop presenters transformed my way of thinking about urban and metropolitan issues—opening my mind to the possibility of new fiscal tools to alleviate American poverty, while emphasizing the subversive role of policy in creating urban blight.  Additionally, being able to engage first-hand with Principal Investigators from fields as diverse as social work, history, law, economics, and public health, created a unique opportunity for reflection and reflexivity on best practices in research methodology used by scholar activists.  The fellowship not only helped me to refine and expand my research interest in the social determinants of single mother stress, and its consequences on children, but it also inspired me to start my own company to address these issues first-hand on a local level.  My intellectual growth spawned by the Fellowship easily outweighs that of most graduate courses, and is one of the best academic moves I have ever made.” – Kathryn Peterson, Urban Systems PhD Program


Additional information about the Fellowship will be available at our 2015 Equity and Opportunity Fellowship Conference on Thursday, September 24, 2015.