Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Fellowship

In the 2020-21 academic year the Swearer Center launched a new undergraduate fellows program to support Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) designated courses. CBLR Fellows work with faculty 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 instructors, community partners, students, and Swearer Center staff. Students, faculty, and community partners involved in the pilot stage are also playing a major role in evaluating and refining the program model.


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 and primarily include…. (keep same bullet points but add last phrase to last one, as below)

  • Supporting longer-term engagement with community partners (e.g., advising students interested in engaging beyond the scope of the course, informing faculty and Swearer staff about partners’ priorities moving forward, documenting or assessing partnership results).

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 will be accepted in spring 2021. Any Brown University undergraduate with relevant experiences and interests may apply. While we strongly encourage students to serve as a CBLR fellow in both fall 2021 and spring 2022, students able to commit for only one semester will be considered as well.


Short applications will be accepted through UFunds on a rolling basis during Spring 2021. Until the call for participation for 2021-22 is released, students may see the 2020-21 call for applications for more information.


Julie Plaut, Director of Engaged Scholarship at the Swearer Center, and Assistant Dean of the College: [email protected]

Annaka Paradis-Burnett, Graduate Student Program Coordinator: [email protected].