Bonner Fellows Commit to:
- Participate in the program for their four years at Brown
- Attend a weekly workshop Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 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 from August 24 - August 31
- 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 service and learning trip to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi in their sophomore year
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 also receive a yearly academic stipend for their participation in the Bonner Community Fellows Program (up to $2,000 per academic year)
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 - 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. For juniors and seniors, we typically open up applications at the end of the fall semester if we have spaces available in our cohort.
Applications for Bonner are currently closed.