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Field Work Term Fellowships in Social Change

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 a particular focus area. The Fellowship programs below focus on equipping students to make social change through various lenses: environmental protection, food insecurity and population health, public action, and entrepreneurship.

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.

Application

Applications for all Field Work Term Fellowships are due October 11, 2021 at 5 pm via Handshake. Please note that some of the programs are specific to the winter Field Work Term period; others are also available for the summer, but still require an application by October 11.

Details on each fellowship are available in their respective Handshake listings, and are also listed below.

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 protection and environmental justice. In addition to their internships, Fellows develop together as a peer-supported cohort through pre- and post-Fellowship coursework and 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 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:
Applications are open for the Winter 2022 Fellowship, which is available to 15-20 returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Fellows are selected based on need and merit factors. A keen interest in environmental protection and learning advocacy skills will make your application stand out.

Internship Sites:
Selected Fellows will be matched with an internship at a participating nonprofit, based on each student's skills, interests, and geographical preferences as indicated in their application. We hope conditions will allow the Fellowships to be in-person, but if needed for safety, they will be remote as the 2021 Fellowships were.

Internship sites for Winter 2022 are forthcoming. Last year's Endeavor Fellowship internship sites were as follows:


Program Details:

  • Students with eligible financial need will receive need-based living stipends, typically ranging from $1,000-$3,000. Fellows are not eligible to receive other College grants for the same FWT.
  • Internships will take place during the 6-week Winter Field Work Term period, which runs from January 3 through February 11, 2022. Fellows will complete 200 internship hours and all other FWT criteria.
  • Fellows are required to participate in a 1-credit Pre-Fellowship Class in Fall 20201 and a 1-credit Post-Fellowship Class in Spring 2022. The Pre-Fellowship Class will run from October 19, 2021 until December 7, 2021 on each Wednesday from 10:30am until 12:20pm.
  • Fellows will also participate in group mentorship activities during the Field Work Term period.
  • Fellows are expected to give a formal presentation about their work at the Field Work Term Fellowship Spotlight in February 2022. (This presentation meets the FWT Reflective Project requirement.)


Application Instructions
To apply for the Winter 2022 Endeavor Foundation Environmental Action Fellowship, submit the following via this Handshake listing by Monday, October 11 at 5:00 pm:

  1. Your resume
  2. A one-page cover letter, clearly indicating why you want to take part in this Fellowship, your areas of interest within environmental justice, and the experiences and skills you have relevant to these interests.
  3. The "FWT Budget and Site Preferences" form attached to this 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.

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions at the end of the week, and are expected to attend the first Pre-Fellowship Class on October 20.

Newman and Cox Public Action Student Fellowship

Through the Newman and Cox 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. The Newman and Cox Public Action Student Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Jerome A. and Estelle R. Newman Assistance Fund and the Spencer Cox '90 Field Work Term Fellowship for Student Activists.

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.)

To apply for the Public Action Student Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Monday, October 11 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

Iftekhar 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 Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Fellowship.

Through the Iftekhar 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 1-2 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

Since the Entrepreneurial Fellowship requires exceptional planning and commitment in order to be successful, students must be in good academic standing and have successfully completed at least one FWT job in a prior year in order to be accepted.

To apply for the Iftekhar Entrepreneurial Fellowship, submit the following via Handshake by Monday, October 11 at 5:00 pm:

  • 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.

 

Mellon Foundation Food Insecurity and Population Health Fellowship

Through the Mellon Foundation Food Insecurity & Population Health Fellowship, eight students will be selected for winter Field Work Term internships focused on various dimensions of population health, with a special focus on food insecurity. Population health is an interdisciplinary approach that leverages non-traditional partnerships across various sectors of a community to achieve positive health outcomes. As access to nutritious food is one of the key social determinants of health, many of the eight Fellowship roles will be specifically focused on food insecurity.

Population health emphasizes an ecosystem of health-support organizations across a community. As such, Fellowship roles will be situated with organizations across the Bennington community working on various dimensions of population health and food insecurity.

Fellowship positions will be paid a stipend of $2500. Fellows are not eligible to receive other College stipends or grants for the same FWT.

The Fellowship positions are as follow:

Food Insecurity Fellow, Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (2 Openings). Work with teachers and administrators in Bennington's K-12 school district, developing and implementing primary resources and activities to support the nutrition curriculum to address local food insecurity.

Food Insecurity Fellow, Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services (2 Openings). Work with GBICS in support of their work serving people living in and near poverty, including advancing access to food, shelter, and health care.

Population Health Communications Fellow, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (1 Opening). Work with SVMC's Director of Population Health to analyze trends in healthcare communications, make recommendations for implementation locally, and develop a communications plan focused on community health and wellness.

Population Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellow, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (1 Opening). Work with Nursing Director Caitlin Tilley to develop your ability to think critically about complex DEI projects that intersect with numerous areas of the healthcare system and enact tangible change that will positively impact the patient experience.

Population Health Food Systems Fellow, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (1 Opening). Work with SVMC Director of Strategic Planning James Trimarchi to upend the current food system and make healthy food affordable and accessible via multiple local programs and projects.

Orlando Alvarez '92 Fellow, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (1 Opening). Work with Director of Hospitality Services and Director of Operations for Vaccination Clinics Tiffany Tobin to design and execute projects aligned with both CRC goals and your career interests. This position is made possible by the generous gift of alumn Orlando L. Alvarez, Jr. '92.

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.

To apply for any of the Mellon Foundation Food Insecurity & Population Health Fellowship positions, submit the following via the respective Handshake listing by Monday, October 11, 2021, at 5:00 pm:

  • Your resume
  •  A cover letter, clearly describing your interest in and qualifications for this position and answering the following question in 250 words or less: If you had unlimited authority, what is the one change you would make to the healthcare system that would keep YOU healthy? (think big, think small, think impact, think real, think innovative, think about you)
  • The FWT Budgeting Form attached to this Handshake listing (see "Attachments" on the righthand side). Complete this form to indicate your anticipated FWT costs, and any other personal and/or family resources you are able to contribute to your costs.