Community Learning Research Fellows collaborate with Hartford-area community partners and Trinity faculty sponsors on research or creative projects. Community partners may include non-profit organizations, neighborhood advocacy groups, government agencies, or educational institutions. Students may work solo or in a small team on these semester- or year-long projects, which must be connected to a credit-bearing activity (an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project), supervised by the faculty sponsor during the fall semester.
During the fall, Research Fellows participate in the Community Learning Research Colloquium (CLIC 400 with Professor Laura Holt) on Fridays 12-12:50pm for an additional 0.5 credit, attend monthly Common Hour events, and publicly present their projects in December. Fellows receive a $250 expense grant per project to support their work, and faculty sponsors receive a $1,000 expense grant or stipend per project for participating and supervising student work.
Apply before 2nd deadline: Thursday May 3rd, 2018 at 4pm
To be eligible, Trinity students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, who have already completed a Community Learning Initiative (CLI) course or participated in an urban engagement project while studying abroad.
1) Identify a research or creative project that serves the goals of a Hartford-area community partner:
- Reach out to community partners from your prior class projects or internships
- Contact Hartford-area organizations that share your interests
- Browse list of recently-proposed Community Partner Ideas
- Search past projects in the Research Fellows Archive (opens in new tab)
- Read about past cohorts of students and their partners
2) Discuss your idea and partnership with a faculty sponsor who is available during the fall to supervise your credit-bearing activity (an independent study, internship, community-learning course, or senior thesis/project). See faculty sponsors for past Research Fellows in links above, or browse Trinity Faculty Profiles.
3) Complete the online application form below before the deadline. See sample application by Cara Midlige ’17. We will check the information you submit with your faculty sponsor and community partner, so make sure you keep both informed about your application. For questions, contact Professor Laura Holt, CLI Research Fellows Coordinator.