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Information for Students


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The Community Fellows program is a unique partnership between Vassar College and local non-profit and governmental agencies in Dutchess county.

Community partners are invited to submit project proposals that address pressing social issues relevant to their organization. Students are fully funded to work on these projects, full-time, for nine weeks over the summer. In many ways this is analogous to the Ford Scholars program and URSI. The major difference is that instead of working with a faculty member on campus, students are able to work at a non-profit organization or governmental agency. Please note that we expect to award 9 fellowships in Poughkeepsie and are piloting a satellite program of awarding two fellowships in Nashville, TN.


View past Community Fellows stories here.

Agency Position: Students work full-time for nine weeks with a non-profit or governmental organization alongside an agency mentor.

Cohort Experience: A two-day immersive orientation to Dutchess County, the rest of the student cohort, and agency partners. Programming includes leadership- and skill-building workshops.

Cohort Gatherings: Students meet as a cohort every week to share work, insights, and challenges.

End of Program Dinner: At the end of the nine-week program, students and partners convene to celebrate their work.

Symposium: During the fall semester, fellows and community partners present fellowship outcomes to the campus and wider community.

Students have to the option to continue summer work by registering for community-engaged learning with the community partner through the academic year.


March 6 - Student Applications Open
Students apply to the top three agencies/projects that most interests them.

March 29, 11:59 p.m. - Applications Due


March 31 - April 7 - Student Interviews

Students are first interviewed by the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, then by the agencies to which they applied.

April 15 - Fellows Announced
Fellows are announced via our email list. Both the fellows and agencies are featured on the Community Fellows page on the Vassar College website.

May 27 - Fellowship begins

The Fellowship begins with a 2-day orientation. Students begin work with community partners on May 29.