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Meet the Newest Fellows

Each summer, Brodhead Fellows work with local and regional community partners to tackle issues raised in their original DukeEngage programs or explore new challenges. Past projects have focused on affordable housing, conservation, domestic violence, education, immigration, and work force development. Get to know this year’s Fellows and learn about the work they’ll be doing. 

Program Overview

Duke undergraduates who have participated in DukeEngage and who are interested in a second summer of immersive service focused on issues in the United States are eligible to apply for a fellowship with the Brodhead Service Program. With leadership training and mentoring, Brodhead Fellows will contribute to local problem solving, deepen their understanding of social issues, learn about nonprofit organizations, and develop a commitment to civic engagement in their personal and professional lives.

The Brodhead Service Program will fund up to five students per summer. Through their work, Brodhead Fellows will develop a deeper personal commitment to the communities they serve as well as a greater understanding of social issues and the role of nonprofit professionals and volunteers in addressing pressing human needs. DukeEngage student learning and development goals will be enhanced through continued immersive service opportunities, structured group training and reflection, and individual professional mentoring.

Students are not required to submit a complete budget with their Brodhead Service Program application. DukeEngage calculates a living allowance for accepted participants, to include transportation costs, lodging and meals. DukeEngage will book all airline travel but Brodhead Fellows will be responsible for arranging their ground travel, lodging, insurance and other expenses.

The Brodhead Service Program will prioritize civic engagement opportunities in the following order:

Mentoring & Support

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

  • Faculty Mentors– During the application process, students will select a faculty mentor to support their Brodhead Fellowship. We ask that faculty members provide technical and/or cultural experience on the student’s community-driven application. The Faculty Mentor role is closely modeled after the DukeEngage Independent Project Faculty Mentor role.
  • 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. The training will begin with a one-day kickoff following the Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy, but Fellows may also be invited back to participate in additional face-to-face or online workshops during the summer, depending on project location and timeline.

Program Expectations

  • Program location must be in the U.S. (please see above for priorities).
  • Fellows will attend a daylong kick-off training sometime during the spring semester.
  • Brodhead Fellows are expected to participate in ongoing ePortfolio reflection assignments throughout the summer and to submit a completed online portfolio by September 04, 2020. Details will be made available during the kick-off training.
  • During the semester following the summer experience, Fellows should expect to participate in 1-2 events such as a reunion between Fellows and mentors, a panel for prospective applicants or other related events.

2019-2020 Brodhead Fellowship Application Timeline

  • Application Opens: 11/18/19
  • NEW application Deadline: 3/1/20

You can access the 2020 Brodhead Service Program application here.