CBLR Fellows Program

The Swearer Center has launched a new undergraduate fellows program to support Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) designated courses. Faculty could apply to work with a fellow in fall 2020, spring 2021, or throughout the academic year, to plan and implement engaged courses.


CBLR fellows’ specific responsibilities will vary in accordance with instructors’ goals. The primary role of CBLR Fellows will be to mentor students in their community engagement roles in the course.

CBLR fellows may also work with the faculty member on:

  • Curriculum development, such as designing assignments or reflective activities.
  • Relationships with community partners and students, including communications and management of logistical matters for engaged components of the course.
  • Supporting longer-term engagement with community partners.

Positions should be designed to require approx. 5 hours/week, and fellows will receive $1000/semester stipends. In addition to collaborating on specific courses, the students, faculty, and community partners involved in this pilot year will play important roles in evaluating and refining the program model for the future.


Any instructor planning to teach an engaged undergraduate course is welcome to apply to work with a CBLR fellow. Faculty and students collaborating in the 2020-21 academic year were matched in Spring 2020. A call for participation in the 2021-22 program will be released in late Fall 2020. 


Applications to work with one or more CBLR fellows for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or the full academic year will be accepted through UFunds. See the closed 2020-21 call for faculty participants for more information on the program and application questions.


Julie Plaut, Assistant Dean of the College and Director, Engaged Scholarship, Swearer Center: [email protected]