A Fellowship is defined as an activity outside the conventional classroom that complements and broadens the student's program of liberal arts education. Fellowships support co-curricular experiences in which students take intellectual ownership in a faculty-mentored project or experience. Students or faculty may apply for fellowships for one or more academic semesters or for the summer.
Fellowships may be designed by students or by faculty/staff who wish to mentor student fellows. The fellowship experience should complement and broaden the student's program of liberal arts education. This may be accomplished through a variety of experiences, including application of knowledge to a novel problem and/or investigation of a research question, community engagement, making connections between/among different disciplines or programs of study, specific career preparation and/or professional development, training for graduate or professional school, engagement across differences (through contact with people with different ideas, backgrounds, and experiences), and/or leadership development. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application.
Contact Dr. Katherine White, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, for more information.
Funding from Trustee Lainoff provides the opportunity to participate in experiential learning projects in various disciplines, with preference given to students majoring in Theatre or English. Students may propose their own fellowship as long as the fellowship is not faith based, scientific, or politically or socially conservative. Although there is a rolling deadline for Lainoff Fellowship applications, students are encouraged to submit applications by February 1. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application. Applicants should also contact Dr. Katherine White, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, to indicate their interest in applying for a Lainoff Fellowship.
Hatzenbuehler Summer Ministry Fellowship for Social Justice
Students with an interest and past involvement in ministry and/or social issues through a social justice lens can apply for the Hatzenbuehler Fellowship. Social justice may include working toward equality for individuals and groups (e.g., in terms of gender, race or human sexuality) or larger community and world issues (e.g., homelessness, poverty, multi-cultural understanding, religious or ethnic tolerance, environmental or health care concerns). Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Use this Word version of the Fellowship Application to record a draft of your answers; applications should be submitted using the online Fellowship Application. However, applicants should also contact Dr. Katherine White, Director of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, for a copy of additional questions that must be submitted with this application.
Mayor's Urban Fellows program
Contact Sandi George Tracy, Director of career Services; the deadlines to apply are around October 1 and March 1.
The Summer Service Fellowship is an intensive, nine-week summer experience that challenges students to engage in significant community projects—either those identified by a community organization or something the participating student develops. The fellowship provides academic credit.
The program commitment is 40 hours a week: on average 35 hours per week are devoted to community projects and 5 hours per week are devoted to group programming. Fellows are paid $3,492 ($9.70 an hour) and campus housing is provided in one of the campus residence halls. Fellows are not required to live at Rhodes and may not hold another job or attend summer school so that participants have time and energy to fully engage in the experience.
The Mike Curb Institute provides real-world musical experiences in Memphis that link to their studies on campus. Work in a variety of areas, including audio/video production, PR/Marketing, Research and Preservation, and Community Engagement.
Students interested in pursuing a Curb Fellowship should contact Prof. John Bass, and are highly encouraged to take the Music and Community in Memphis course (URBN 262).
Turley Memphis Center Fellowship in the Arts
These fellowships will allow students to launch and sustain arts-related projects in partnership with a faculty mentor. These projects will be wide-ranging and are designed to bring a student's classroom interests into contact with the unique opportunities of the Memphis area. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Cage, Associate Director of the Turley Memphis Center, for more information.
City Grant Fellowship
The City Grant Fellowship is funded by the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development and offers funding for student interns to provide research, data analysis, and project assistance project assistance related to housing and community development to Memphis-based organizations.
City Grant Fellows have used this funding to work at the Wellness and Stress Clinic of Memphis, BRIDGES USA Inc., Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Caritas Village, Just City, and Memphis River Parks Partnership. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to reach out with questions early in the semester. For more information and to discuss eligibility and requirements, contact Iris Mercado, Program Coordinator.
Health Equity Summer Fellowship
The Health Equity Fellowship is a full-time, funded summer fellowship experience for Rhodes students. Fellows will have the opportunity to work on projects that address disparities that impair human health and flourishing and that contribute to building a culture of equity. As part of the equity fellowship, student fellows will participate in a community of practice to build a culture of equity at Rhodes College, make the campus more diverse and inclusive, enrich student experience inside and outside the classroom, and strengthen relationships with community partners. Fellows will be expected to share their projects and experiences with the broader community at Rhodes and in Memphis. Students who have completed preparatory work to address social inequalities are encouraged to apply. Applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Contact Dr. Stephanie Cage for more information.
Work in a neuroscience lab at the University of Tennessee Medical School. Contact Prof. David Kabelik; applications open on December 7 and are due February 1.
Work alongside researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Contact Prof. Gary Lindquester; applications open on December 7 and are due February 1.
Work with treatment teams at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital to interact directly with patients as well as to conduct research and quality improvement projects. Contact Jessica Kelso; applications open on December 7 and are due February 1.
This summer fellowship allows Rhodes students to critically examine issues in urban education, using the city of Memphis as a site to explore these issues both locally and nationally. Contact Dr. Laura Taylor for more information. Applications for summer 2021 are closed; we will begin accepting applications for the summer 2022 fellowship beginning in January 2022.
The Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies (RIRS) is an 8-week summer program that allows students of any major to study a research topic or creative activity of any discipline through the regional lens of Memphis and the greater Mid-South Area. Contact Prof. Charles McKinney; the deadline for application proposals is March 12; applications received by February 1 will be given priority for funding. Please see updated RIRS Application Guidelines.
Writing Fellows serve as tutors in the college's Writing Center and may be assigned as a mentor and assistant to a First-Year Writing Seminar. Fellows must complete their application, including the faculty recommendation, by February 15. Fellowships are for the following academic year. Fellows also enroll in a 2 or 4-credit training course in the fall semester. Contact Dr. Rebecca Finlayson.
Robert Buckman Fellowships for Study Abroad
Awarded to five students each semester, the Buckman Fellowship for Study Abroad supports outstanding students from any academic discipline for a semester or an academic year on study abroad. The fellowship is for $10,000; applicants supply a letter of interest and two faculty letters of recommendation. Upon return to Rhodes, the fellows present their Buckman Project, an individualized presentation intended to explore the student’s interpretations of the host culture and/or the student’s academic interests as impacted by their time abroad. Past fellows have studied neuroscience in Copenhagen, Latin American studies in Buenos Aires, and international studies in Seoul, to name a few. Deadlines are March 15 and October 15. For more information and to apply, please visit the Buckman Center for International Education.