Bonner Community Fellows

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The Bonner Community Fellows Program at Brown is a new initiative at the Swearer Center that aims to combine a student’s community engagement with their academic and career goals. Bonner Community Fellows are committed to working in a sustained, intentional, and intensive way with a community partner that works to address issues in one of our five focus areas: Education, Healthcare, Environment, Economic Justice, and the Arts. Together with community partners, Fellows will strive to build socially just communities where people have the resources they need to reach their full potential.

The Bonner Experience

The Bonner Community Fellows program is structured to be:

Developmental - Students gain increasing levels of experience, responsibility, and leadership across their four years with the Swearer Center
Multifaceted - Students participate in a range of leadership and professional development workshops that integrate their engaged learning with academic pursuits, social justice work, and reflective practice
Collaborative - Students work together as a cohort-based team at Brown and are plugged into a national community of Bonner scholars at other campuses


Bonner Community Fellows play a community-engagement leadership role within the Swearer Center and University-wide. In partnership with community members, they work alongside their peers on social change projects in Providence and beyond. Bonner Community Fellows commit to 8-10 hours of community engagement per week during the academic school year. This time commitment includes direct service in the community, weekly workshops and trainings, and community-building events.


Students who are accepted into the program benefit from the following program supports and development opportunities:

  • An academic-year stipend for their work as Bonner Community Fellows (up to $2000 per academic-year) -- for eligible students
  • A one year Swearer Center waiver of Brown's summer earnings requirement -- in addition to any already provided by the University -- for eligible students
  • Intensive mentoring and advising
  • Leadership and professional development through workshops
  • Conference attendance and participation
  • Local, regional, and national networking
  • Opportunities to integrate academic and community engagement pathways at Brown

Who is eligible to apply?

We seek to develop a diverse team of students with a broad range of interests and passions, united by their desire to engage in community work. For the inaugural 2016-2017 school year, we will recruit 40 incoming first-years (Class of 2020) to be our first cohort of Bonner Community Fellows. We are especially interested in students who are first-generation, from low-income households, and/or have demonstrated a passion for community engagement. 

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