Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Fellowship

In Spring 2020, the Swearer Center launched a new undergraduate fellowship to support Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) designated courses at Brown. CBLR Fellows work with instructors on planning and/or implementing specific engaged courses. While fellows’ responsibilities vary, they may serve as important peer mentors for students enrolled in the course to which they’re assigned, as well as liaisons between students, faculty, community partners, and Swearer Center staff. 


CBLR Fellows receive a $1475 stipend for each semester. This leadership experience will ideally relate to students' academic interests, support their sustained engagement with community partners or issues they care about, and further their skills in communication, partnership development, organizing, and problem-solving. Fellows’ responsibilities vary somewhat from course to course but require approximately 7 hours per week. CBLR Fellows have worked with faculty members on: 

  • Curriculum development (e.g., identifying relevant course resources, designing assignments or reflective activities, etc.); 
  • Facilitating specific class discussions, reflection sessions, and/or holding student office hours; 
  • Cultivating and coordinating relationships with community partners; 
  • Mentoring students around community engagement components of a course;
  • Documenting and disseminating the results of engaged courses; and 
  • Supporting longer-term engagement with community partners.

More than one fellow can be matched with faculty of larger courses so that each fellow is responsible for no more than 20 students.


Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now closed. 


Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in November 2022. 

Any faculty member planning to teach an engaged course is welcome to apply to work with a CBLR Fellow; we encourage year-long partnerships when feasible but will also support one-semester collaborations. In the application letter, faculty can share any knowledge, skills, or characteristics they would consider critical in a Fellow — and, if they would like to do so, they may express a preference for working with specific student applicants.

Likewise, any undergraduate with relevant experiences and interests may apply. While students are encouraged to serve as a CBLR Fellows for the full academic year, when possible, students able to commit for only one semester will be considered as well. 

Please note that students must be enrolled in Brown (either on-campus or remotely) when they apply for this position and must also be enrolled during the semester(s) they serve as a CBLR Fellow. University policies do not allow students on personal leave or medical leave to be eligible for this opportunity.


Short applications will be accepted through UFunds. For more information on past application cycles, see: 


Carmine Perrotti, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship ([email protected], 401-863-3584)