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. 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 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. During the current pilot year of the program, CBLR fellows are working 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 will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 1, 2021, at noon EST. Any Brown University undergraduate with relevant experiences and interests may apply. While we encourage students to serve as a CBLR fellow in both fall 2021 and spring 2022 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 2021 to apply for these positions and must also be enrolled during the semester(s) they serve as a 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 on a rolling basis until March 8, 2021, at noon EST. See the 2021-22 call for applications for more information on the program and application questions.


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]