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  Graduate School–Newark 2015–2017 Graduate Study at the University Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship  

Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship

The Rutgers-Newark Equity and Opportunity Studies Fellowship is a joint partnership of the Graduate School at Rutgers University–Newark and the Rutgers Law School Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CliME) beginning in the fall semester 2014. The fellowship aims to promote interdisciplinary study and serious public scholarship about the structure of place-based inequality among select graduate students and law students. It is open to all students in the Graduate School–Newark and the Rutgers Law School.


This is a one-year fellowship available to law students and graduate students from any graduate school program who are interested in publishing an interdisciplinary research project on issues related to equity and opportunity in the Greater Rutgers region of Northern New Jersey. While separate from students' degree/unit requirements, the fellowship will afford opportunities to explore one's interests in collaboration with students and faculty from other Rutgers departments. For example, law students interested in segregation and local government law may study alongside public health, psychology, or American studies students interested in the stress reactions common in segregated neighborhoods. Or graduate students in urban systems or political science studying the incidence and reduction of achievement gaps may collaborate with law students pursuing interdistrict educational choice remedies under New Jersey law. The possibilities are boundless.

Up to10 graduate students and law students will be provided stipends totaling $1,500 each for participation in the program.


The fellowship year is divided into three parts:
1. Fall semester workshops. Fellows will participate in four half-day substantive workshops on topics such as fair housing, public finance, or criminal justice and public health held in October and November.

2. Spring semester coursework. Fellows will identify a paper adviser from their own or another department and design a research project. They must then enroll in a course that specifically advances the research on their chosen topic, such as Race, Class, and Metropolitan Equity (description below) at the law school.

3. Summer writing. In the third part, students have the summer to complete a publishable paper of no less than 25 pages. The paper will be published electronically on the CLiME website, the graduate school website, and together in limited hard copy release. The fellowship will culminate with an annual public scholarship conference in the fall at which fellows (and others) will present their papers.

To Apply

All application materials must be submitted online.
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Course Description

Race, Class, and Metropolitan Equity (3 credits)

This class examines the role of law and other disciplines in the creation and amelioration of structural inequality.  Structural inequality is viewed primarily through the lens of place-based opportunities. That is, we examine the institutional resources available to households, neighborhoods, and municipalities where they're located.We analyze the rules and policies that enhance those resources as well as the barriers that limit them.Among the topics we explore in detail are concentrated wealth and poverty; local land use regulation; public finance; educational equity; racial and economic segregation; state and federal housing policy; public health; infrastructure and transportation.We explore solutions to the disparities affecting different parts of our regions by utilizing the interdisciplinary perspective of metropolitan equity--the range of legal and policy reforms at the regional level that may provide greater social balance, political efficiency, and economic opportunity for a changing society.  Students are primarily graded on research papers.  [This class is associated with the Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity and is often cross-listed with other Rutgers University–Newark graduate departments.]
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