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Newman Civic Fellowship Information

About the Fellowship

Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, provides training and resources that nurture students’ assets and passions to help them develop strategies to achieve social change. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides learning opportunities focused on the skills fellows need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.

  • The fellowship is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring.
  • While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows.
  • Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students who:

  • Engage in collaborative actions with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization 
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

In addition to these core characteristics, Newman Civic Fellow nominees must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Nominee must be currently enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution (nominee must be enrolled and attending your institution during spring 2019)
  • Nominee must be nominated by the president or chancellor of their institution
  • Each institution may nominate only one student
  • For institutions with both undergraduate and graduate programs, presidents and chancellors are encouraged to recommend the most deserving student, with preference given to undergraduate students 
  • In keeping with Frank Newman's passion for educational access, we encourage presidents and chancellors to give preference to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education
  • Nominee must have at least one year of their education remaining (either at their current institution or at a different one) such that the nominee will be enrolled in higher education for the duration of the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Nominees must commit to providing a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year
  • Nominee's institution must commit to helping the nominee identify a local mentor for the duration of the fellowship