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Summer Scholars Fellowship

Broadening the pathway into applied, positive youth development research for scholars from groups historically underrepresented in research.

The Experience

The Summer Scholars Fellowship is an invaluable collaboration between Search Institute and new and emerging scholars in the field of positive youth development. The participating scholars have the opportunity to support active Search Institute projects, while providing new approaches, insights and perspectives that are vital to the mission of ensuring that all young people thrive.

The Fellowship pairs scholars with a mentor from Search Institute’s research team, with each scholar developing new insights around their topics of interest, placing a strong emphasis on generating actionable knowledge that can inform best practices around inclusive and equitable relationship building and positive youth development. 

Through these mentoring relationships, scholars will learn new analytical techniques, receive career development support, and learn how large, practitioner-oriented projects are structured. Scholars may also have opportunities to connect to Search Institute’s extensive network of practitioners and community partners.

In addition to developing knowledge and skills in data analysis, applied research partnerships, and dissemination to practitioner audiences, the fellowship will support Scholars’ career development focused on topics like finding the right fit when making career decisions, work-life balance, building a mentoring network, and experiences as scholars from groups underrepresented in academic and applied research settings.

Final submissions due May 5, 2024

Search Institute Summer Scholars Fellowship Application

"I believe that the Search Institute Summer Scholars Fellowship is a great opportunity for those who are passionate about positive youth development and are interested in exploring a career in applied research."
Perla Ramos Carranza, PhD 2022 Summer Scholar Alumna

Alumni Stories

Summer Scholars Fellowship alumni share their experiences in the program.

Summer Scholars Applied Research Outputs