Civic Health Fellows

Become a Civic Health Fellow

Undergraduate students at any college or university around the country can apply to serve as a Civic Health Fellow.

  • 20 students nationwide will be selected as fellows, receiving a grant to design and lead a civic health project on campus or in their community.
  • After implementing their initiatives, fellows will present their findings to policymakers and civic health partners during a national summit in Washington, D.C.

Applications to serve as a Civic Health Fellow open each fall:

Civic Health Fellows Application (Coming Soon)
Deadline: TBA

Once applications have opened, applicants will be contacted to set-up virtual interviews.


Fellowship Timeline

Applications open each year during the fall semester, and require a virtual interview as part of the application process. Selected students will receive a fellowship agreement to complete and sign before attending our orientation event:

  • The deadline for applications will be posted each fall.
  • Selected applicants will be notified following our review period after the deadline.
  • Orientation will take place virtually once all selected applicants have accepted. If a selected applicant can no longer participate, an alternate will be offered their position.
  • Civic Health Project proposals will be due for approval in January of each year (deadline TBA), but can be submitted earlier and approved on a rolling basis.
  • Fellows can begin project implementation once their proposals have been approved.
  • Dates for the Civic Health Fellows Summit (late spring) will be announced during orientation.


Civic Health Projects

Each fellow will design and implement a civic health project on campus or in their local community, beginning with submission of a project proposal that includes:

  • Identified areas for improvement in the civic health of their campus or community, and rationale for the area they select as the focus of their project.
  • Timeline, proposed budget, and action plan with SMART goals for implementation
  • Opportunities for connection/collaboration with their local Y or State YMCA Alliance
  • Strategy for ensuring campus/community representation, inclusion, and equity.
  • Incorporation of campus/community resources and partnerships (resources/partners can be also national/global in reach, but projects must remain local in scope).

Fellows can begin project implementation once their proposals have been approved. Proposals will have a set deadline, but can be submitted earlier for expedited approval.


Civic Health Fellows Summit

In the spring, fellows will travel to Washington, D.C. to present findings from their projects during our Civic Health Fellows Summit. The dates for the summit will be announced during the orientation session for fellows each fall.

All lodging and most meals will be provided for fellows while attending the summit. Fellows arrange their own transportation to and from DC, but are permitted to use a portion of their grant funding to help subsidize the cost of travel.

A detailed agenda will be provided to all fellows closer to the dates of the summit, but a tentative agenda is available below for planning purposes:

Day 1
Arrival in DC (Early Afternoon)
Welcome Session

Day 2
Project Panel Presentations
Workshops & Speakers
Executive Branch Meeting
Evening Event in DC

Day 3
Hill Meetings w/House & Senate Offices
Civic Health Fellows Congressional Briefing
Closing Session
Departure from DC (Early Evening)

Attendance at the summit is required for all fellows. If conditions are unsafe for travel or in-person events, the summit will be held virtually.