Academic Year Fellows Program

fellows on a city walkThe CCEL Fellows Program provides first and second year CWRU undergraduate students with meaningful service learning experiences that allow them to build their civic leadership skills while providing the foundation for ongoing involvement in the Cleveland community. This program includes three major components:

  • Through their Community Partner Placement, CCEL Fellows are placed in pairs or small groups at local nonprofits where they serve approximately 3 hours a week in the spring semester. Fellows receive a stipend for hours spent at their community partner placement.
  • The Civic Leadership Seminars focus on building CCEL Fellows' understanding of civic engagement and leadership. The seminars take place on select Fridays (typically from 4 to 6 p.m.) or Saturdays.
  • CCEL Fellows serve as student leaders during the spring Saturday of Service. This includes serving as a project and reflection leader for a specific service site. Fellows will be required to attend a project leader training to prepare them for their leadership role.

Below please find more information about these program components and details about the application process.

Fellows at bookstore

Student fellows are matched in pairs or small groups at nonprofit organizations in Cleveland. Each fellow will serve approximately three hours per week at their site. Fellows receive a small stipend of $9.20/hour for their service.
civic leadership seminars

The Civic Leadership Seminars focus on building CCEL Fellows' understanding of civic engagement and leadership with a focus on exploring the Best Practices of Community Engagement. Throughout the semester, students will meet as a team for seminars which will include discussion and reflection on community issues, field trips to explore Cleveland, and guest speakers. Seminars are an unpaid learning opportunity and participation is required of all fellows.

Application and Additional Information

CCEL is currently evaluating the CCEL Fellows program structure and is not accepting applications for the Spring 2018 at this time. For more information, contact Betsy Banks.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students (216.368.5230 or ), and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.