Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

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.

Incoming freshman for the fall of 2019 (class of 2023 and beyond) can apply for the Ellis Fellowship now. Applications are due on at 11:59PM on Thursday, September 19th.

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.

Ellis Fellows complete the program with a variety of interests and community-based work. Check out profiles of current and former students to get a sense of how the program is individualized for each student!

Ideal Candidates for this Fellowship will be able to express:

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

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Documented financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
    Most students fill this requirement by filing a FAFSA or WAFSA for the current academic year. We also accept applications from those who are not eligible to file for federal or state financial aid, but can document financial need.
  • Incoming student at the UW Seattle campus, with an anticipated graduation date in 2022 (or beyond).
  • Committed to weaving public service and civic leadership development throughout your academic study at the University of Washington. See detailed expectations outlined in the 2019 Ellis Fellowship Application **applications are due by 11:59PM on Thursday, September 19th.**