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Bill of Rights Institute Student Fellowship

Applications are now open for the pilot of the Bill of Rights Institute's new elite student fellowship program for the 2021-22 school year! This new addition to BRI’s student programs, is a year-round educational program that helps high school students develop their skills in building civil society.

Applications are under review & decisions will be made soon!

Building on the success of our student programs for the past 15 years, BRI is honored to be able to support 10 student fellows in this inaugural cohort.

Open to 15-18 year old's who are currently Juniors or Seniors (or equivalent), fellows will participate in robust programming throughout the school year, meeting twice monthly, then culminating in a scholarship-funded weekend of programming in Washington, DC. BRI student fellows demonstrate voice and agency by writing posts or articles that reflect what they have learned throughout the program and leading the development of public programs. The fellowship includes a curriculum of learning and dialogue in the great ideas of leadership and citizenship and will provide opportunities for published writing and media exposure. Student fellow will come from broad backgrounds and will demonstrate a range of academic and/or community organizing experience.

Program Curriculum and Schedule

The Fellowship will meet twice a month for 90 min sessions, at a time determined by participants. Each session will have a short reading, discussion, and writing assignment.  Participants will also design and lead three public virtual events, and the weekend DC capstone experience.

Thematic questions may include:

  • What is civil society and why is it important in America
  • How can we have an influence in our communities?
  • What is the role of government in civil society? What is the role of charity in civil society?
  • What is the role of the entrepreneur in civil society?
  • How do I cultivate entrepreneurial creativity?
  • What is good civic leadership?

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the program in a printable PDF poster.

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