FedEx Graduate Fellowship

YEARLY STIPEND: $2,500 is provided to help cover the costs of gas and other essentials in the weekly travel to and from Institute partner schools, as well as materials needed for site research, observation and assessments.

HOURS/DATES NEEDED: The fellowship engages the graduate student throughout the academic year, beginning in August with completion at the end of April. Participation in the fellowship consists of a minimum of 15-20 hours per week, including Institute and school visitation engagement; 1-2 day training certification program; bi-weekly de-brief meetings and professional development programs with CA’s.


  • Mental Health
  • Social Media/Entertainment
    • Reality TV
    • Music, Movies, Video Games
  • Hazing/Bullying
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Human Trafficking and Drugs

Method for Study/Results

  • Graduate Fellow will work with the Institute’s Executive Director and Program Director, as well as Board Representatives to identify various stakeholders that can assist the Institute in developing non-violent initiatives and programs.
  • Graduate Fellow will serve as primary coordinator for Institute’s Undergraduate Institute Change Agents (CA’s), all of whom are expected to serve in the peer mediation program Institute partner schools in Atlanta Public School system.
    – Mandatory training in conflict resolution and dispute resolution will be incorporated with elements of peer mediation and student relations in an effort to create sustainable working relationships amongst select groups of middle school and high school students.
    – Fellow will also play a key role in the selection and training of undergraduate Institute Change Agents in the concepts of peer mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Graduate Fellow will research, assess, and prioritize proposed solutions and outcomes that result in programs that are well planned and executed; long-term partnerships; and sustainable actions. These may be recommendations for public, civic, social and religious organizations; legislative actions – both state and federal; videos; blogs; handouts, etc.
  • Fellows will use the W. K. Kellogg Logic Model for development and assessment of programs implemented under this initiative. The Logic Model is a useful tool because it requires systematic thinking and planning to better describe programs. It allows for the adjustment in approaches and change courses as program plans are developed.
    – Ongoing assessment, review, and corrections will produce better program design and a system to strategically monitor, manage, and report program outcomes throughout the development and implementation.
    – Effective evaluation and program success rely on the fundamentals of clear stakeholder assumptions and expectations about how and why program will solve a particular problem, generate new possibilities, and make the most of valuable assets.

Eligibility is open to second and third year graduate students, preferably in the field of Social Work, Education, Public Administration, or other related Fields.

Knowledge/Skills/Ability Requirements for Fellow(s):

  • In-depth knowledge of subject matter in program field;
  • Well organized, creative, and have solid research skills;
  • Ability work under pressure and with sometimes competing priorities;
  • Ability work independently but can work as a member of a team;
  • Can juggle multiple tasks yet meet tight deadlines;
  • Can utilize educational networks, foster partnerships, and know what, when and how to disseminate information

Applicants must submit a Statement of Interest, which should include their philosophy of nonviolence, and any experience they have in peer mediation or conflict resolution. The applicant package should also include a curriculum vita/resume and one letter of recommendation from a professor or other higher education professional.

To perform Mission-critical work that advances the strategic initiatives of the Institute in the areas of Social Justice and Nonviolence.

To interact with influential leaders in the metro Atlanta community and the educational arena.

To expand the capacity of the Lowery Institute to empower communities to effectuate change;

To work independently, taking on significant levels of responsibility for positive outcomes, yet have available the directions/guidance of a Program Manager with expertise in the field.

To serve as the primary coordinator of an extensive peer mediation program at the K-12 level for multiple public schools.

To assist in the mediation and conflict identity training and development of approximately 12-15 undergraduate Institute Change Agents.

To explore, support, and inspire thoughtful dialogue and engagement with all those working for the betterment of our communities.

To design data collection instruments that are user friendly and generate easily manageable data.

To integrate results from surveys and other assessment data instruments to identify, disseminate feasible seeds for continued improvement in the implementation of best practices in various Institute projects.

To provide specific recommendations that would bring policies and practices into alignment with Institute policies, while at the same time maintaining high academic standards with increasing flexibility and efficiency.

To work with the Executive Director, Program Manager and the Board Liaison, clearly defined and manageable scope of work.

To receive agreed upon stipend during each academic term.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights at 404.524.8406. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2014, and will continue until all candidates have been selected.

Those interested in applying for this opportunity may submit their resume and statement to Mr. Ryan Maltese at: