Newman Civic Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship experience for community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions that supports students’ personal, professional, and civic development.

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 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.

Students must be enrolled at a Campus Compact member institution and must be nominated by their institution’s president or chancellor for the fellowship. Each Campus Compact member president or chancellor is invited to nominate one student per year for the fellowship. You can read more about the nomination process in the next section of questions.

Nomination Process 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.

Fellowship Eligibility Questions

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).

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 for the following academic year, they are eligible for the fellowship. Students must be planning to be enrolled in higher education for the entire academic year following their nomination.

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.

Mentorship Questions

Mentors play an important role in the Newman Civic Fellowship experience by supporting fellows in their personal, professional, and civic growth through individual relationships.

In agreeing to serve as a Newman Civic Fellow mentor, mentors commit to the following responsibilities:

  • Meet quarterly with their fellow during the academic year of the student’s fellowship
  • Complete a brief survey from Campus Compact after each quarterly meeting
  • Help fellow reflect on their experience in the fellowship and on their broader personal, professional, and civic development
  • Connect fellow to relevant resources as opportunities arise to do so
  • Participate in a virtual mentor orientation with Campus Compact during the summer prior to the fellowship year
  • Communicate with Campus Compact as needed

As part of their role, mentors are required to complete quarterly meetings with their fellow and to complete a brief quarterly update form for Campus Compact after each meeting. The deadlines for completing those meetings and update forms are listed below.

  • Meeting #1: to occur between August 15 and October 13, 2017; Quarterly update form #1 due by October 13, 2017
  • Meeting #2: to occur between November 1 and December 4, 2017; Quarterly update form #2 due by December 4, 2017
  • Meeting #3: to occur between January 1 and February 26, 2018; Quarterly update form #3 due by February 26, 2018
  • Meeting #4: to occur between March 1 and April 13, 2018; Quarterly update form #4 due by April 13, 2018

Current Fellowship Cycle Questions

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

Programming for 2017 Fellows began with a virtual coffee hour in April 2017, which helped welcome and introduce Fellows to the program. The official fellowship year programming for 2017 Fellows will begin in September 2017.

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

The 2017 Newman Civic Fellows National Conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts on November 17-18, 2017.

The 2018 Newman Civic Fellows nomination form will open in October 2017 and nominations will be due in February 2018.

Have further questions about the Newman Civic Fellowship? Contact Michaela Grenier (mgrenier {at} compact(.)org).