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The CGVRC Graduate Student Fellowship builds the capacity of graduate students to address gun violence throughout their professional lives with real world impact. Student fellows have conducted stakeholder interviews on gun violence, mapped community assets related to youth resiliency and engagement, and examined neighborhood-based practices that promote public safety. The work of several of the fellows was highlighted by the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press as well as a story on Chicago Tonight.


The Fellowship is a 15-week program that brings together student fellows (graduate students from Chicago-based universities) and faculty fellows (professors and public health professionals) to:

  • Understand the root causes of gun violence and initiatives to address these root causes, from a public health perspective, through an ongoing discourse across the fellowship

  • Learn from a network of leading gun violence scholars, advocates, and stakeholders through presentations and discussions

  • Collaborate on faculty-fellow teams to develop, implement, and disseminate an applied research project related to gun violence


The Fellowship, funded by the Shure Charitable Trust and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, has been running since 2017.


The fellowship will continue in January, 2022, with a new cohort of student fellows. This year, we will be partnering with a youth-serving organization in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago to examine community needs related to gun violence prevention and assess ideas for change to address gun violence.

  • Come from an academic background related to violence or it’s risk and protective factors (public health, medicine, the behavioral sciences, etc.)

  • Are enrolled in a graduate program in Chicago

  • Are in good academic standing

To learn more about CGVRC Graduate Student Fellowship projects, click here

There is one application deadline per year. The application for the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative Fellowship Program can be completed here

Thank you for your interest in the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative Fellowship Program. 

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