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 this fall, 2020, with a new cohort of student fellows. The fellowship’s theme is: Gun violence during a worldwide pandemic and police protests. The fellowship will be open to graduate students who:

  • 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 at least 6 credit hours and have taken 12 graduate credits

  • Are in good academic standing

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

Faculty-fellow teams will present their final projects on Wednesday, February 24th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm, via Zoom. Please RSVP here by February 23rd and see this flyer for more detail. 

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