Ellis Civic Fellowship

Designed for incoming students, the Robert Lee Ellis Civic Fellowships offer financial, academic, and advising support to students throughout their 4-year undergraduate experience at the University of Washington.  Ellis Fellows are selected from among incoming students each Autumn Quarter from those who are eager to make a commitment toward service, personal growth, and community engagement.

Learn more about the history of the Ellis Civic Fellowship and Robert Lee Ellis.


Ellis Civic Fellowships can be understood as a series of building blocks, beginning in the first year with a broad overview of the Seattle community, moving in to a service partnership with a community organization, developing deeper integration between each Civic Fellow’s academic work and service commitments, and culminating with a community-based capstone project.

The purpose of the Ellis Civic Fellowships is to support students in making a commitment to our community with core objectives including serving in the community; learning about yourself, the community, and the intersection of your academic study and community service work; and developing skills and experience in leadership, fellowship, and empathy.

Every Ellis Civic Fellow will be supported with individual mentoring and a flexible leadership curriculum as they move towards graduating as an Ellis Civic Leader.

Application Details

Applications for this year are due via email to engage@uw.edu by 11:59pm on Friday, September 20, 2013.  Further instructions and application prompts are detailed in our application.

Strong Applicants will be able to
1) express a clear commitment to service shown through past experiences,
2) express an interest in a particular social issue, and
3) express ideas about future goals and what you hope to gain as an Ellis Fellow.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must have documented financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  (Most students fill this requirement by filing a FAFSA for the current academic year, but the Carlson Center will also accept applications from students that are not eligible for federal financial aid that have can verify their financial need.)
  • You must be committed to connecting public service to your academic study at the University of Washington.
  • You must be committed willing to make a four-year commitment as outlined in the expectations below.



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