Apply to be a Meiklejohn

The Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program application for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in the spring. In the meantine, please email with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!

Common Questions for the Application

How do I apply to be a Meiklejohn?
To apply to be a Meiklejohn, all application materials must be submitted online through this link: Materials sent through email attachments or on paper will not be considered.

What does the application involve?
The application includes questions about your academic interests and several short essay questions. You are also asked to write a letter of introduction to your potential advisees. You will be able to save the application as you go and work on it over the course of several days; however, we
highly recommend typing your responses to the essays in a separate word document and copy/pasting them in. New applicants to the program will need 1 short letter of recommendation. Veterans must provide a letter of recommendation from a current first-year advisee.

Who can write me a letter of recommendation?
All applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. Rookie applicants must submit one reference, preferably from a Brown community member, such as an academic advisor, course instructor, dean, or director of a program. However, if rookies are first-years, then a recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, program director, or boss is also appropriate. Veteran Meiklejohns must submit one reference from a current advisee. It is a good idea to let your reference know that they will receive an email soliciting a reference for you. You might also want to explain the Meiklejohn program in brief if your recommender is not from Brown.

Do I need to interview?
All rookie applicants are required to complete a 30-minute interview. Veteran applicants do not need to interview as part of the re-application process.

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 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 attend our Fall Orientation. 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.