Civic Engagement Fellowship

Civic Engagement Fellowship: Building Social Impact Leadership

The mission of the Barnard College Civic Engagement Fellowship is to help students gain the skills they need to create positive change in our community, and to develop into knowledgeable and confident professionals with clear goals and action plans.

Program Overview

Each year, three to six rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors are selected in the spring semester to participate in the Civic Engagement Fellowship Program.  Civic Engagement Fellows are expected to:

  1. Promote civic engagement in the Barnard community through outreach to the student body, including presentations about civic engagement-related opportunities to student groups.
  2. Vision, plan, and lead campus-wide social impact initiatives each semester.
  3. Foster and develop relationships between Barnard College and community-based organizations in New York City, with a focus on organizations in the Morningside Heights and West Harlem area.
  4. Assist in the facilitation of NYCCEP initiatives, such as Barnard Reach Out and and the Civic Engagement Speaker SEries, helping the programs to remain relevant and responsive to students' needs.

The fellowship appointment runs through the Fall and Spring semesters.  Fellows receive professional development training, opportunities to attend social justice workshops, and a stipend.


Civic Engagement Fellows are rising Barnard College Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to social impact work and civic engagement programs.  CE Fellows cannot also serve as NSOP leaders or participate in other activities that would interfere with their early-September training or their weekly Fellowship commitment.

Application Process

The application for the 2016-2017 Fellowship will be released in mid-Spring. Please check back to this website and on NACElink for more information.

Meet the 2015-2016 Civic Engagement Fellows

Our Civic Engagement Fellows are incredible leaders, innovators, and changemakers. They hold regular office hours to help students navigate the world of civic engagement, and can also be found tabling in the Diana each month. Feel free to email them if you have questions or would like to connect! Learn more about our Fellows and how to get in touch with them here.