Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Fellowship

In Spring 2020, the Swearer Center launched a new undergraduate fellows program 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, instructors, community partners, and Swearer Center staff. 


CBLR fellows receive a $1000 stipend for each semester. This leadership experience will ideally relate to their 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 5 hours per week. CBLR fellows have worked with faculty members on: 

  • Curriculum development, such as designing assignments or reflective activities;

  • Cultivating and coordinating relationships with community partners;

  • Mentoring students around community engagement components of the course;  

  • Documenting and disseminating the results of engaged courses;

  • Supporting longer-term engagement with community partners.

Each fellow should be responsible for no more than 20 students, so more than one fellow may be matched with instructors of larger courses.


Applications for the 2021-22 academic year are closed.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open in January 2022. Any Brown University undergraduate with relevant experiences and interests may apply. While students are encouraged to serve as a CBLR fellow in both the fall 2022 and spring 2023, when possible, students able to commit for only one semester will be considered as well.

Please note that students must be enrolled in Brown (on campus or remotely) during Spring 2022 to apply for these positions and must also be enrolled during the semester(s) they serve as CBLR fellow. University policies do not allow students on a personal leave or medical leave to be eligible for this opportunity.


Short applications will be accepted through UFunds beginning in January 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year. (See the 2021-22 call for applications for more information on the program and sample application questions.)


Carmine Perrotti, Assistant Director of Engaged Scholarship, Swearer Center, [email protected] (Schedule an office hours appointment here.)

Krysta Pelowich, Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator, CBLR Fellowship, Swearer Center, [email protected]