With funding from the Heising Simons Foundation, the Children’s Equity Project (CEP) is proud to offer the Start with Equity Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship program to prepare the next generation of changemakers in early childhood policy and research. The Start with Equity Fellows will work with CEP network members to conduct, review, and translate cutting-edge equity research that is applicable to early childhood education and informs state and national policy. As part of the year-long fellowship, Fellows will serve as summer interns at a policymaking organization in Washington D.C. to develop a better understanding of how research becomes policy. Fellows will receive a stipend to cover a majority of the living expenses associated with the summer internship.
The fellowship is for advanced masters-level or doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career professionals who articulate a clear interest in policy-related research as it applies to early childhood equity (0-10 years of age). We aim for the cohort to be reflective of the rich diversity in the United States, with representation from across geographies and underrepresented communities, including people from rural communities, people of color, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and veterans.
The program will run from August through July 2024. Fellows will participate in the following core elements of the program:
Monthly Mentorship Meetings
Fellows are assigned CEP research mentors who conduct equity-focused research and are skilled and experienced at translating research to practice and policy. Fellows will meet with their CEP mentors monthly and collaborate closely to develop an equity policy project. Fellows are also assigned a policy mentor (i.e. policymakers or policy advocates) who supports their developing knowledge of policy and oversees their internship placement.
Each Fellow will be responsible for the development of a policy project. Projects are informed by scholars’ research interests, are grounded in equity, and must result in a policy brief or practice tool of national relevance and applicability. Each Fellow will present their project at a Fellows convening held in Washington D.C. at the end of the Fellowship.
Fellows will have monthly professional development opportunities where they will meet with a robust network of policy makers, researchers, and practitioners working in equity research, policy, or practice. Fellows will also receive various training opportunities, including racial equity training and policy training to better understand systems, laws, and potential levers of change.
To develop a better understanding of how research becomes policy, Fellows will spend 8-10 weeks in Washington D.C. receiving invaluable experience as summer interns with a policymaking organization. Fellows will be expected to commit to at least 20-30 hours per week. To offset the costs of unpaid internship opportunities, Fellows are provided a stipend to support living costs in Washington DC for the duration of their internship. Previous Fellows have had placements at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Child Care Aware of America, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.