Apply to be a Meiklejohn

The Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program application for the 2021-2022 school year will be available next Spring (2021). In the meantine, please email [email protected] with any questions. 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 or on paper, including those from referees, 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. Current Meiklejohns re-applying for the following academic year must provide a letter of recommendation from a current first-year advisee (this requirement is waived for re-applying Meiklejohns in their second year of the program and beyond).

Who can write me a letter of recommendation?

All rookie applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation. This year, we are offering applicants more flexibility in those whom they can elect to serve as referees. As of the 2019-2020 application cycle, rookie applicants may choose to designate a high school teacher or guidance counselor (for first-year applicants only), Brown faculty member, coach, supervisor, or peer as a reference. It is a good idea to let your referee know that they will receive an email soliciting a reference for you which they must submit through an online portal. You should also explain to your referee what the Meiklejohn Program is and how it works.

Please note that the single most important criterion for the recommendation is that the referee must speak specifically to your ability and capacity to advise first-year peers in an academic setting. We are not interested in simply hearing about high academic performance in a course. Please choose your referee accordingly.

Current Meiklejohn Peer Advisors re-applying for the following academic year must elect a current advisee to complete a recommendation form. This requirement is waived for re-applying Meiklejohns in their second year of the program and beyond.

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 [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 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.