Call for Applications: Social Science Matrix Communications Fellowship

Social Science Matrix invites PhD students or candidates in the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences to apply for the Social Science Matrix Communications Fellowship. Fellows will serve limited-term appointments during the 2022-2023 academic year.

As UC Berkeley’s flagship institute for cross-disciplinary social science research, Matrix believes that social science research should be broadly relevant and shared with the public in accessible formats. The Matrix Features program, under which this program is organized, makes this belief a reality by bringing together scholars from different disciplines to create content that translates social science research for the general public. 

Working in consultation with faculty and Matrix leadership, Matrix Communications Fellows will be responsible for attending monthly meetings (in-person) and creating two features during the 2022-2023 school year. Fellows will create podcasts, written interviews, or other features showcasing Berkeley scholars while developing social science communication skills at workshops throughout the year. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1500.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: 

  • PhD Students or Candidates in the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences 
    • Eligible departments: African American Studies, Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Students in Year 2 (or beyond) of their program
  • On campus during the 2022-2023 academic year, and able to attend in-person meetings monthly

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Interest in cross-disciplinary work and broad interest in social sciences beyond your discipline (demonstrated through coursework or research)
  • Interest and experience in public-facing writing
  • Advanced writing skills and editing experience

Application Materials

Applications will include the following:

  1. Contact: Basic contact information and confirmation of eligibility.
  2. References: Please provide the names and contact information for two faculty members who have agreed to serve as references.
  3. Feature Pitch: Propose a sample feature that you would like to conduct on a topic unrelated to your proposed dissertation or Master’s thesis research and involving a Berkeley scholar outside of your discipline. Our Matrix features are discussions of academic research that should be accessible to the public and undergraduates. Your pitch should include the following: feature format (see below for descriptions); feature topic, broadly; featured Berkeley scholars; a brief argument as to why this feature would be interesting for the general public (<200 words).
  4. Statement of Cross-Disciplinary Interest and Experience: Describe how you have pursued interdisciplinary work at Berkeley through coursework or research collaborations (max. 150 words).
  5. Writing Sample: Please provide a writing sample of public-facing, non-academic, writing (500-1500 words, or an excerpt of a longer piece).
  6. CV

About Matrix Features: Our current Matrix Features include the following formats, but we are open to other media formats (e.g., articles, videos, animation, etc.)

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis after the first review.

First Review: September 15, 2022

Submit your application here: https://forms.gle/viXRGDvVUpCSGnW4A

Please contact Julia Sizek, jsizek@berkeley.edu, with any questions.