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Bill of Rights Institute Student Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Bill of Rights Institute's elite Student Fellowship program! This student program, is a six-month educational program that helps high school students develop as leaders and develop skills in building civil society.

The application for the 2022-23 program is now closed. Our staff will be in touch with those who applied by the beginning of December.

We are looking for 20 students to be a part of the 2022-23 program.

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 week 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 fellows 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 a week-long Washington, DC based 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?

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