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Sophomores and juniors who have participated in DukeEngage and are interested in a second summer of civic engagement focused on issues in the United States are eligible to apply for a fellowship with the Brodhead Service Program.

Please note that, as with DukeEngage, all 2021 Brodhead Service Program projects will take place virtually.

Through a second eight-week full-time project, Brodhead Fellows contribute to local problem solving, deepen their understanding of social issues, learn about the role of nonprofits in addressing pressing human needs, and strengthen a commitment to civic engagement in their personal and professional lives. Fellows receive individual professional mentoring from Duke alumni, and create an eportfolio of their civic engagement goals, experiences, and reflections.

Brodhead Fellows will receive $5000 in 2021. In addition, the summer earnings requirement will be waived for Fellows on financial aid. The program funds up to five students each summer.

Priority Areas

The Brodhead Service Program prioritizes:

See tips for building a virtual project here.

Dear [find the name of a person within the organization to write to]:


I’m writing to ask whether I could be of use to your organization this summer.


I’m a student at Duke University applying for a program called the Brodhead Service Program, an opportunity for a few students who have already completed a summer of full-time work with a community organization to participate in a second summer of engagement. My goal is to contribute to local problem solving, deepen my understanding of social issues, learn about nonprofit organizations, and strengthen my commitment to civic engagement in my personal and professional life.


In-person work is prohibited this summer, but the Brodhead program is supporting virtual projects. If accepted I will receive a fellowship award from DukeEngage, and as such am not allowed to accept compensation from your organization.


[Remind them of your connection with them, or briefly state your interest in their work.]


I have experience with [briefly list any relevant skills or experience]. I’m familiar with a variety of tools that facilitate remote work, including [examples such as Zoom, Slack, Box…], and always willing to learn others.


A few things to note:

  • To receive Duke’s support, I need to work full time for eight consecutive weeks between mid-May and mid-August.
  • I would need to submit a project description, and know the name of the person supervising me, by March 12th.


If this is at all of interest, I’d love to talk with you by phone or Zoom about potential projects I could support. I look forward to hearing any questions you have. You are also welcome to contact DukeEngage for more information, at

Mentoring & Support

Through a support network of DukeEngage staff, Duke alumni, and partnering professionals, Brodhead Fellows will be supported in developing their own professional and civic identities.

  • Duke Alumni Mentors – In collaboration with Duke Alumni Affairs, Fellows will complete a brief profile of personal and professional interests and goals. Based on these profiles, Fellows will be matched with a Duke alumni mentor. The mentor will be a Duke alumnus/a working in the nonprofit or related sectors.
  • Leadership Training – Brodhead Fellows will have opportunities for leadership training and professional development, beginning with a one-day kickoff in the spring. Fellows may also be invited to participate in face-to-face or online workshops during the summer, depending on project timeline.

Program Expectations

  • Projects must be eight weeks long.
  • Projects must consist of full-time (at least 35-40 hours per week) virtual work with an established community organization.
  • Partner organization must be in the U.S. (see above for priorities)
  • Fellows attend a daylong kick-off during the spring semester.
  • Fellows participate in ongoing ePortfolio reflection assignments throughout the summer, and submit a completed online portfolio at the end of the summer. Details will be made available during the kick-off.
  • During the semester following the summer experience, Fellows may be asked to participate in 1-2 events, such as a reunion between Fellows and mentors or a panel for prospective applicants.
Ready to Apply?

2021 Brodhead Fellowship Application Timeline

  • Application Opens: February 24
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, March 14 (midnight Eastern Time)
  • Interviews: mid-March
  • Notifications: week of March 22nd

Access the Brodhead Service Program application here.

Feel free to download the application questions and draft your responses in a separate document.

Be prepared to upload a partnership verification with your application.