Your participation in the Bonner Community Fellowship (BCF) will consist of:
- Civic engagement within the Providence and Rhode Island communities.
- Co-Curricular Learning workshops.
- Regular cohort and fellowship meetings.
These three components will come together to help you develop and grow as a student, citizen, and activist in service of our communities.
The BCF will offer:
- Opportunities to reflect, learn, and grow as you create a positive impact in your community.
- Learning spaces to help you think critically about power, privilege, and change.
- Training and workshops for skills you can use at Brown and beyond.
- Access to mentors, advisers, and a network of local community partners.
- Leadership opportunities.
- Opportunity to join a cohort of students who share a commitment to advancing justice.
- A sense of belonging and support.
A need-based stipend to help support your work every semester that you are part of the program.
If you join the BCF, you will commit to:
- Participate in the program for your four years at Brown, for approximately 5-7 hours per week.
- Engage in regular community and civic engagement opportunities
Attend all BCF activities, which include:
- A Bonner pre-orientation
- Weekly learning community sessions
- Bonner All-Call meetings
- One engaged summer
Reflect, learn, and grow as you engage with different communities and peers.
You will be able to find different civic engagement opportunities when you join the BCF, which include:
- Short and Long-term volunteer opportunities
- Internships or other community-identified projects
- Community-Based Learning and Research courses (CBLR)
- Leadership roles within the BCF and Swearer Center
- Leadership and Networking opportunities with the national Bonner Network.
- Other ways to serve the community that you identify
We seek to develop a diverse team of students united by their desire to engage in community service.
Consider applying to the BCF if you:
- Are an incoming First Year undergraduate at Brown.
Have a passion for community engagement.
- Past experience is not a requirement!
- Are willing to commit to the program for your entire undergraduate degree.
|Early May 2024
|BCF applications will open
|BCF applications close
|Select Candidate Interviews
|Late July 2024
|Program acceptance notifications
|Early August 2024
|Deadline to confirm participation in the BCF
|Early August 2024
|Waitlist acceptance notifications
|Late August 2024
|BCF Pre-Orientation in Providence
Accepted students are eligible for a stipend to support their engagement.
Every academic year, we recruit a cohort of students from the incoming class of first-year students. The applications for the BCF Class of 2028 will open in UFunds, Brown's application system, on May 2024. Applicants will need their Brown credentials to log into UFunds to access the Bonner application.
The application will consist of informational questions (like name, pronouns, Banner ID), contact questions (like e-mail and phone), questions about your interests at Brown, and the following short essay questions.
Bonner Application Short Essay Questions (Bonner Class of 2028)
You will have the opportunity to answer these questions in essay form (300 word maximum) or as an audio recording (3 minutes maximum).
Bonner Fellows are passionate about social justice and civic engagement. What are some issues you are passionate about? Why are they important to you? What do you want to do about them?
Rubric Area: Social Justice
Community and civic engagement are integral parts of the BCF. How do you define community? Who are your communities? Share an example of a time when you worked to serve them.
Rubric Area: Civic Engagement
Power, privilege, and the intersection of identities inform and affect all aspects of our lives. Please share an example of when you had to consider power, privilege, and identity as you worked with others. How did you respond? How did it affect you? How did it affect other people?
Rubric Area: Power, Privilege, and Identity
Bonner Fellows are leaders. What does leadership mean to you? How do you imagine yourself being a leader in your community and in the Bonner Community Fellowship?How will you get there?
Rubric Area: Leadership
An essential component of the BCF is the cohort experience. Describe a time when you felt in community with your peers. What happened? What did you learn? What did your peers learn?
Rubric Area: Community Building
The BCF is a 4-year commitment. Describe a time when you committed yourself to a long-term opportunity. How did you approach it and stay committed even when it was hard? What did you learn about yourself?
Rubric Area: Commitment and Resilience
Why the BCF? What are you hoping to learn? What do you want to do as a Bonner Fellow? How can the BCF help you grow?
Rubric Area: Growth and Potential