Newman Civic Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

All nominations must be submitted using Campus Compact’s online nomination form. Each year, the nomination cycle opens in the late fall and nominations are due by early spring.

Yes the nomination must be from the president or chancellor. Other individuals can help the president or chancellor compile and submit the nomination materials. Yet, the nomination materials must reflect the president or chancellor’s desire to have the student represent the institution in a national fellowship of student leaders. This means that the letter of nomination must be signed by the president or chancellor and that the president or chancellor must approve of the Newman Civic Fellowship Leadership Profile.

No. Institutions may only nominate one student per academic year for the Newman Civic Fellowship.

The following Campus Compact members have shared their nomination processes, and together these represent a diverse collection of nomination processes. Click on the institution name below to view their institutional nomination process:

The Newman Civic Fellowship is intended to honor the leadership legacy of Frank Newman by recognizing community-committed students. Thus, institutions should look for students who:

  • Engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
  • Take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
  • Demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement

Also, please note that nominees must have at least one year of their education remaining (either at their current institution or at a different one).

No. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a program only open to Campus Compact member institutions, and students must be enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution at the time of their nomination.

Yes, graduate students are eligible for the Newman Civic Fellowship. At institutions with undergraduate and graduate programs, presidents and chancellors are encouraged to nominate the most deserving student, with preference given to undergraduate students.

Yes, as long as a student will still be enrolled at an educational institution next year, they are eligible for the fellowship. Students are better positioned to take advantage of all fellowship opportunities if at a Campus Compact member institution, but students are still eligible if transferring to a non-member institution.

If you are nominating a student who will be transferring to a different institution next year, please make sure to provide a permanent email address for the student in their nomination.

No. Newman Civic Fellows do not receive any monetary awards or scholarships through the fellowship. Becoming a Newman Civic Fellow might make a student eligible for certain scholarship or fellowship opportunities through partner organizations, but students do not receive any direct financial gain through participation in the Newman Civic Fellowship.

Campus Compact strives to create virtual and in-person fellowship learning opportunities that are as accessible as possible for all fellows. Fellows are not guaranteed financial support to attend gatherings, but we do our best to provide opportunities to fellows at the lowest possible costs.

The expectations of mentors are as follows:

  • Meet quarterly with their fellow during the academic year of the student’s fellowship
  • Complete a brief survey from Campus Compact about the fellow’s growth and wellbeing each quarter
  • Help fellow reflect on their experience in the fellowship and on their broader personal, professional, and civic development
  • Participate in a training webinar with Campus Compact in the spring prior to the fellowship year
  • Communicate with Campus Compact as needed
  • Connect fellow to relevant resources as opportunities arise to do so

The fellowship experience is a one-year experience for students in which fellows have access to in-person and virtual learning opportunities, networking events, and mentoring. While the fellowship experience is limited to one year, participants in the Newman Civic Fellowship are invited to join a national network of community-committed peers and to enter into a long-term community of Newman Civic Fellows. Fellows are selected in the spring each year; the fellowship term begins the following academic year.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship nomination cycle will launch on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Nominations will be due by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 3, 2017.

There will be two nomination support webinars for member campuses during the 2017 nomination cycle for members to ask questions related to the 2017 Newman Civic Fellow nomination form. Those webinars will be Monday, December 5, 2016 and Monday, February 6, 2017.

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be publicly announced on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Certificates for the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will be mailed in mid-April.

The fellowship experience for the 2017 Newman Civic Fellows will run for the duration of the 2017-2018 academic year.