Bonner Fellows commit to:
- Participate in the program for their four years at Brown.
- Attend a weekly workshop Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the academic year - these trainings include reflection workshops, skills-based trainings, and invited guest speakers.
- Participate in 6-8 hours of weekly, direct community service with a community partner agency/organization in Providence (examples include leading a weekly after-school lesson for elementary school students, connecting families to healthcare resources at a children's hospital and coaching high school students in debate).
- Participate in our pre-season programming: a week filled with various activities to get a closer look at the program, meet their cohorts, and learn what being a Bonner is all about. Pre-Season dates will be August 23-30, 2019. Students have the chance to move back onto campus early at no cost to them and participate in sessions to prepare them for the upcoming academic year.
- Complete two “Engaged Summers” during their time at Brown - a 200-hour internship experience with a nonprofit organization or government agency that is aimed at meeting a community need.
- Participate in a week-long trip to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi in their sophomore year, where students learn about voting rights, participate in Tougaloo community engagement, learn about the history of civil rights, etc.
Bonner Fellows who fulfill these commitments receive:
- Structured mentorship and leadership skill-building in socially just, community-based work.
- Intensive mentoring and advising - Bonner fellows are assigned an academic adviser within the Swearer Center and a student peer adviser who has been involved with Swearer.
- Students with demonstrated financial need will receive a yearly academic stipend for their participation in the Bonner Community Fellows Program (up to $2,000 per academic year).
- A lifelong community of Bonners both at Brown University and other universities.
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 introduced to a national community of Bonner scholars at other campuses - the Bonner Community Fellows Program at Brown is part of a national network of Bonner programs across the country.
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. 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. Students with demonstrated financial need may be eligible for a $2,000 annual academic year stipend.
Every academic year, we recruit a cohort of students from the incoming class of first-year students. Applications typically open in early May and close mid-June.
Applications for Bonner are currently closed.
Apply to be a Bonner Community Fellow Host
The Swearer Center invites applications from community-based agencies to host Bonner Community Fellows. Bonner Community Fellows are matched with a local agency or organization during their first year at Brown and work with that organization in a direct service and capacity building role. Bonner Community Fellows receive regular intensive training and development from the Swearer Center throughout their time (up to 4 years) in the program. For more information, read the RFP document. To apply, fill out the application form. The deadline is April 15.