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Field Work Term Fellowships

Overview

Field Work Term fellowships are selective programs that offer funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to be part of a cohort of students working in specific focus areas. Fellowships are open to returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their applications. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Awards typically range from $1,000-$3,000.

Applications for all 2021 Field Work Term Fellowships are due October 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm via Handshake (application links coming soon). Some Fellowships are specific to the winter or to the summer, while others are available for either session, as indicated below.

  • the Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship (Winter 2021 - Remote-Work Only)
  • the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship (tentatively postponed to Summer 2021)
  • the Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Fellowship (Winter 2021 or Summer 2021)
  • the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship (Winter 2021 or Summer 2021)

Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship

Through the Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship Program, selected students are placed into internship positions at nonprofits with a focus on environmental justice. In addition to their internships, Fellows develop together as a peer-supported cohort through pre- and post-Fellowship coursework and ongoing mentorship, led by Judith Enck, Senior CAPA Fellow and founder of the Beyond Plastics project. By combining hands-on work experience with education and mentorship, this new Fellowship aims to equip participants with the experiences, skills, and capacities to advance environmental justice causes, address complex societal challenges, and become effective changemakers in the world.

Eligibility Criteria:
The Endeavor Fellowship will launch in the Winter 2021 Field Work Term, with a required 1-credit Pre-Fellowship Course in Fall 2020 and a required 1-credit Post-Fellowship Course in Spring 2021. The Fellowship is available to returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term). Fellows are selected based on need and merit factors.

Remote Internship Sites:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all internships for the 2021 Endeavor Fellowship will be conducted entirely via remote work. Selected Fellows will be matched with a remote internship at a participating nonprofit, based on each student's skills and interests as indicated in their application. Potential internship sites for Winter 2021 include:

Program Details:

  • Students with eligible financial need will receive need-based living stipends. For Winter 2021, travel stipends may be reduced given the remote setting, so awards will typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellows are not eligible to receive other College grants for the same FWT.
  • Internships will take place remotely during the 6-week Field Work Term period, which runs from January 4 through February 12, 2021. Fellows will complete 200 internship hours and all other FWT criteria.
  • Fellows are required to participate in a 1-credit Pre-Fellowship Course in Fall 2020 and a 1-credit Post-Fellowship Course in Spring 2021. Course meeting times will be chosen based on the selected Fellows’ schedules. Additionally, Fellows will participate in group mentorship activities during the Field Work Term period.
  • Fellows are expected to give a formal presentation about their work at Field Work Term Night in Spring 2021. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflective Project requirement.)

Application Instructions
Applications for the Endeavor Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A one-page cover letter, clearly indicating your areas of interest within environmental justice, and the experiences and skills you have relevant to these interests.
  • The "FWT Budget and Site Preferences" form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, and any personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs. You will also be asked to indicate your top three preferred sites, and any sites for which you do not wish to be considered.

Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship

Through the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships, selected students are placed in internship positions with several select off-Broadway theatres and drama organizations, and are also awarded need-based grants. This opportunity is available to 8-12 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT.

Host theatres for the 2020 Fellowship included: Harlem StageLa MaMa, MCC TheaterMint Theater CompanyNew GeorgesRattlestick Playwrights TheaterRepertorio EspañolSoho RepThe Flea Theater, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, and Women's Project Theater.

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of two FWT preparatory meetings, and to give a formal presentation about their work at Field Work Term Night. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

Applications for the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter of approximately one page, clearly indicating your skills or experience in any of the following areas:
    • Any Office, Budget Tracking, Design, Box Office, or Social Media platforms or software programs in which you have experience.
    • Any skills or experience you have in the following administrative areas:
      • Artistic Management
      • General Management
      • Patron Services
      • Special Events/Marketing
      • Company Management
      • House/Concessions Management
      • Box Office
      • Production Management
    • Any skills or experience you have in the following production areas:
      • Set Construction
      • Scene Painting
      • Wardrobe
      • Properties
      • Lighting
      • Sound
      • Stage Management
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Entrepreneurial Fellowship and the Entrepreneurial Option

The Entrepreneurial Option is available to students interested in learning how to start and run their own business or nonprofit, and/or launch themselves as an independent artist or freelancer. Returning students with demonstrated need may also apply to the Entrepreneurial Fellowship.

Through the Field Work Term Entrepreneurial Fellowship, selected students receive funding and mentorship to spend their FWT pursuing an entrepreneurial venture, such as starting and running their own business or non-profit, or launching themselves as an independent artist. Work may take place anywhere across the globe. This opportunity is available to 2-4 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Fellowship funds must be used for the FWT plan proposed; if your FWT plans change after being awarded a Fellowship, you will be asked to submit a revised budget, and your award may be reduced or rescinded.

This fellowship is made possible by Adnan Iftekhar '97, who is committed to helping students design their own jobs and advance their business ideas. Fellowship recipients agree to:

  • Participate in a preparatory meeting;
  • Give a formal presentation about their work at Field Work Term Night (this presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement);
  • Complete regular mini individualized coaching assignments over FWT, given by Adnan;
  • Meet weekly with their business mentor who has agreed to oversee their entrepreneurial project.

Since the Entrepreneurial Option and Fellowship require exceptional planning and commitment in order to be successful, the following criteria must be met:

  • Students must have successfully completed at least one FWT job in a prior year, and must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must secure a business mentor who possesses demonstrated knowledge and ability to guide and advise the student in their entrepreneurial endeavor. Your mentor must be willing to meet with you at a minimum of every two weeks either virtually or in person to discuss your progress, offer feedback, and to review the content of your work at the conclusion of your project. They must also complete an online evaluation provided by the FWT Office by the last day of Field Work Term. A mentor may not be a parent, other immediate family member, or a spouse/partner. The FWT Office can help match students to mentors; email fwt@bennington.edu for more info.
  • Entrepreneurial FWT experiences cannot be used exclusively for creating work to be sold, but must encompass the greater aspects of running one's own business/organization or launching oneself as a working artist in a professional and fiscally sustainable way.

Applications for the Entrepreneurial Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter addressing the following in approximately one page, or one paragraph per question:
    • What is your proposed entrepreneurial venture or freelance project?
    • How will this project advance your work as an entrepreneur and/or artist?
    • What key goals do you have for this project over FWT, and how you will measure success? What key milestones (deliverables, meetings, events, and/or actions) will need to happen over the seven weeks of FWT, and by when, in order to reach your goals?
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.

Students interested in applying to the Entrepreneurial Option without the Entrepreneurial Fellowship should register their proposed project via Handshake as an "FWT Entrepreneurial Option" by the FWT registration deadline. Detailed instructions are available for registering an FWT Entrepreneurial Option.

Newman Public Action Fellowship

Through the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship, selected students complete an FWT position or Independent Study focused on public action, either domestically or internationally, each supported by a grant. Work may take place anywhere across the globe. This opportunity is available to 5-10 returning students (3rd-term through 7th-term) who meet a minimum need threshold and demonstrate strong merit in their application.

Grants typically range from $1,000-$3,000. Fellowship recipients are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT. Fellowship funds must be used for the FWT plan proposed; if your FWT plans change after being awarded a Fellowship, you will be asked to submit a revised budget, and your award may be reduced or rescinded.

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of two FWT preparatory meetings, and to give a formal presentation about their work at Field Work Term Night. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflection Project requirement.)

Applications for the Newman Public Action Student Fellowship are submitted via Handshake and require the following:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter explaining in 1-3 paragraphs (approximately one page) your proposed FWT plan and how it is associated with responding to a pressing world issue and/or to advancing the quality of public life.
  • The FWT Budgeting Form provided in the Handshake listing. Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, whether your proposed FWT provides compensation (and the amount, if applicable), and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your FWT costs.