Apply to be a Meiklejohn

Thank you for your interest in the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program! The application to become a Meiklejohn for the 2021-2022 school year will be live on January 4th, 2021. If you have a question that has not been answered on this page, please email [email protected], join us for one of our two information sessions this semester (information below), or check out this information session recording. We look forward to receiving your application!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to be a Meiklejohn?

To apply to be a Meiklejohn, all application materials must be submitted online through this link: Please note that materials sent through email attachments will not be considered.

What does the application involve?

The application includes questions about your academic interests and one short essay questions. You are also asked to write a letter of introduction to your potential advisees. Given that this year's application can be accessed through a Google Form, we highly recommend typing your responses to the essays in a separate word document and copy/pasting them in. Additionally, given the current circumstances, in lieu of a synchronous interview, all first-time applicants (i.e. those who have not previously been a part of the program) will be asked to submit a 2-3 minute video response to one of two case study questions.*

When is the application due?

This year, applications will be reviewed and decisions will be released on a rolling basis, with those who apply earlier receiving a decision sooner. There are, however, two deadlines to be aware of:

Deadline 1: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST (returning Meiklejohns should reapply by this deaadline)
Deadline 2: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST 

All class years can apply before either deadline; however, the first deadline is particularly targeted to rising Juniors and Seniors (current Sophomores and Juniors), while the second is targeted to rising Sophomores (current first-years) to allow for these students to become better acclimated with and settle into campus and academic life at Brown before applying during this unprecedented year. If you are a rising Junior or Senior, applying before the March deadline will not hurt your chances of acceptance to the program, but we would prefer that these applicants aim for the February deadline to streamline logistics and offer more timely decisions.

Do I need a letter of recommendation?

As of the 2020-2021 application cycle, first-time applicants do not need to submit a recommendation. For current Meiklejohns who are in the program for the first time this year, the recommendation requirement from a current advisee has also been waived. 

Do I need to interview?

This year, first-time applicants will not interview to become a Meiklejohn, unlike previous years. Instead, first-time applicants will be asked to submit a 2-3 minute video response to one of two case study questions.

*We understand that submitting a video response may not be feasible for all candidates. If this is the case for you for any reason, please reach out to [email protected], so we can discuss alternative options. 

I'm a current Meiklejohn. Do I need to reapply?

Current Meiklejohns do need to reapply for acceptance for the 2021-2022 academic year via the same application form. We are asking all returning Meiklejohns to complete and submit their application by the February 20th deadline. Please reach out to your Meiklejohn Leader if you have any questions or concerns regarding reapplying. 

Can I apply to be a Meiklejohn if I'm also interested in becoming a RPL, MPC, etc?

Training programs for RPLs, MPCs, and other peer advisors often conflict with mandatory meetings for Meiklejohn training. You are welcome to submit an application for more than one peer advising or mentoring program. If you are accepted into another peer advising program, please notify us by email at [email protected]. We will contact you once training dates have been set if scheduling conflicts arise. Applying to other peer advising programs will not hurt your chances of acceptance to the Meiklejohn Program, but please be aware of how large a time commitment it is to participate in both the RPL Program and the Meiklejohn Program at the same time. We particularly welcome applications from those who have been RPLs in the past.

Can I apply to be a Meiklejohn if I'm going abroad for one semester next year?

Yes, you can! If, however, you will be a rookie studying abroad in the fall, your acceptance in the program may be deferred until the following year so you can participate in our Fall Orientation (we understand that much of this is in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow guidance from the University's Office of International Programs). If you are accepted to the Meiklejohn Program, we will work to pair you with a "Co-Meik" who will work with your advising group in the semester you're away. Letting us know that you're planning on going abroad will not hurt your chances of acceptance to the program.

How are Meiklejohns and first-year advisors matched?

Meiklejohns are assigned to faculty and staff first-year advisors by the Advising Team in the Dean of the College office. When making assignments, the Advising Team attempts to give first-year students in each advising group a variety of perspectives on academic life at Brown. For that reason, you may be paired with an advising partner from a discipline with which you have little experience.

After Meiklejohns are accepted into the program, they will be given an opportunity to note a faculty or staff member who they would like to work with. We will notify the advisor to confirm that this is a good match. We do our best to accommodate first-year advisors who request specific Meiklejohns as their advising partners.

What if I don't know how to advise other students on academic matters?

Don't worry! All Meiklejohns go through a mandatory training session each semester. If you are accepted to the program, we will email you about training dates and times.

How do I confirm my participation in the Meiklejohn Program?

Successful applicants are notified of their acceptance via email and given access to the online confirmation form. 

I have more questions or want a more detailed explanation of the program and application. Where do I go?

If you would like to learn more about the Meiklejohn Program, please join us at one of our info sessions! We will also have a recorded version available on our website! The synchronous, interactive sessions will be taking place on:

  • Thursday, February 4, 2021 @ 12-1 PM EST (Zoom link here- must be logged in through your Brown account to access)
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 7-8 PM EST (Zoom link here- must be logged in through your Brown account to access)

If you are unable to join us for the synchronous information sessions or would like to access the information from these sessions sooner, please check out this information session recording (must be logged into your Brown Google account to access). The exact same information will be covered during the synchronous sessions, but applicants will be offered the opportunity to ask any questions about the program and/or application during the live sessions.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by emailing [email protected]. Thank you again for your interest in the Meiklejohn Peer Advising program!