The Bonner Community Fellows Program at Brown 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.
We support students of diverse economic and social backgrounds to become leaders through their community engagement; to do so we provide reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship and advising, and financial assistance for income-eligible students.
Bonner Fellows Commit to:
- Participate in the program for their four years at Brown
- Attend a weekly workshop Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 pm during the academic year
- Participate in 6-8 hours of community engagement with their community partner
- Participate in a weekly 2-hour study block during their first year in the program
- Participate in our Pre-Season Programming from August 25 - August 29
- Complete two “Engaged Summers” during their time at Brown
Bonner Fellows who fulfill these commitments receive:
- Structured mentorship and leadership skill-building in socially just, community-based work
- Intensive mentoring and advising from Swearer Center staff and students
- Students with demonstrated financial need will also receive a yearly academic stipend for their participation in the Bonner Community Fellows Program (up to $2,000 per academic year)
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
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 2017-2018 academic year, we will recruit 40 incoming first-years (Class of 2021) into our second cohort of Bonner Community Fellows. We are especially interested in students who are first-generation college students, from low-income households, and/or have demonstrated a passion for community engagement.
How do I get more information?
Just email: BonnerCommunityFellows@brown.edu