Newman Civic Fellowship

The Newman Civic Fellowship’s goal is to support community-committed students in their personal, civic, and professional development so as to prepare them for the long-term work of public problem solving and of building equitable communities.

Newman Civic Fellowship Mission Statement


The Newman Civic Fellowship provides students with training to help them develop strategies for social change. Fellows will engage in a year-long program involving virtual learning and networking with optional in-person components.

Nomination Criteria

Students applying for the fellowship must demonstrate a strong interest in collaborative action with those on campus or from surrounding communities with the goal of facilitating long-term social change. Kalamazoo College will nominate one student from its pool of applicants for the fellowship. The following is a list of criteria for nomination.

  • nominees must have at least one year of their education remaining either at their current institution or a separate one of higher education for the duration of the academic year

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Jessica Fowle by Friday of Second Week, Winter Term

  • Resume 
  • Unofficial Transcript 
  • 200 word personal statement about your work addressing the root causes of social issues and your potential for developing innovative and collaborative strategies for addressing public problems. These may include, for example, involvement in public policy reform, community organizing, community-based research, social entrepreneurism, or other efforts to build the capacity of community-based organizations. 
  • Two Letters of Support, one of which must be from a faculty member 

Program Components

  • national convening of Newman Civic Fellows
  • Regional and state gatherings of Newman Civic Fellows
  • Virtual events focused on skill development and professional learning
  • Opportunities to submit conference proposals to present at Campus Compact affiliated conferences
  • One-on-one leadership development with a local mentor
  • Participation in a national network of engaged student leaders

Newman Civic Fellows also receive:


Important Dates for 2022-2023

  • October 26, 2022: Nomination form opens
  • February 1, 2022
    Last day to nominate students
  • March 2022
    2022-2023 cohort publicly announced
  • April 2022
    Orientation for 2022-2023 cohort
  • September 1, 2022
    2022-2023 fellowship starts
  • November 2022 (tentative)
    National convening of Newman Civic Fellows
  • May 2023
    2022-2023 fellowship ends, reflections due from fellows