Carlson Civic Fellowship

The Carlson Civic Fellowship is a two-quarter community-based leadership development fellowship for undergraduate students at the UW.  Through this program, the Carlson Center partners with community-based organizations to provide project-based, leadership development opportunities for students enrolled in the fellowship program.  Complementing the students’ work in a community-based setting, the Carlson Center provides structured experiences – community-based leadership courses, advising/mentoring, strengths and leadership identification exercises – to the cohort of Carlson Civic Fellows.  The goal of the fellowship is to develop civically-minded community leaders dedicated to social change.

2015 Carlson Civic Fellowship Host Sites

Carlson Civic Fellowship host sites for January – June, 2015 will be announced in late September.  At this time, the Carlson Center will post student application materials.

Fellowship Requirements

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  • Commit a minimum of 10 hours of service per week from January – June at a community-based organization at which they are selected to work
  • Participate in two 3-credit Community-Based Leadership (CBL) courses offered through the Carlson Center.  The Fellow will participate in one CBL course during both Winter and Spring Quarter.  The Winter Quarter course is scheduled for Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5:20 PM.  The day and timeof the Spring Quarter course has not yet been determined.
  • Create a Personal Development Plan articulating goals for their time enrolled in the fellowship, and participate in regular advising sessions with a Carlson Center staff member to assess their progress and development.
  • Identify personal strengths and leadership styles through structured activities and reflection exercises; integrate this understanding and awareness into service with their community organization.
  • Participate in a Fellowship Welcome Social with all members of the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs on Friday, November 22 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • With other students in the Carlson Center’s fellowship programs, participate in an MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 20, 2014.
  • Participate in a workshop focused on leveraging your fellowship experiences to apply for future competitive scholarships on Thursday, February 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Dinner will be provided.
  • Present a poster presentation on your fellowship experience at the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on Tuesday, May 20 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Participate in a Fellowship Graduation/Celebration on Wednesday, May 21 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM.

Fellowship Benefits

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will:

  •  Receive a $2,500 stipend distributed in two equal installments during Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • Join a cohort of Carlson Center fellows, a group of student leaders with a dedication to community service and social change.
  • Gain an awareness of personal strengths and leadership capacities and how these apply in a real-world context.
  • Set fellowship goals and track personal progress through the use of a Personal Development Plan and regular check-ins with a Carlson Center staff mentor.


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