Browne Leadership Fellows Program


Create Lasting Change as an Advocate For Social and Economic Justice

 Social Work can mean many things to many different people. At the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, we believe that engaging people, communities, and organizations will result in tangible change. We are looking for students from all disciplines who see the world through the lens of helping and who are looking to impact society in a meaningful and lasting way.

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What is the Browne leadership Fellows program?

The Browne Leadership Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary fellowship aimed at preparing students to be engaged civic leaders working for economic and social justice.

The fellows program in social work reflects our mission: to advocate for social policies and resources to meet basic human needs; to create accessible, responsible, and accountable human service programs; and to deliver quality services to those in need of support.

Why should I apply to become a Browne Leadership Fellow?

Through service, research, and advocacy, Browne Leadership fellows will have an opportunity to explore the root causes of social issues and to engage in identifying effective mechanisms that create lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders.

What will I be doing if i am selected as a Fellow?

The program begins in the spring term. Fellows will attend monthly 1-credit seminar (in January, February, March, and April) at which they will be mentored by local public leaders, learn theories of social work and community organizing, and begin to learn the skills needed for social change. The summer term will focus on community service and action projects.

The culmination of the fellowship is a formal poster presentation both in the community and to the University.

Are Browne Leadership Fellows paid a stipend?

Students will receive a generous stipend in the amount of $3,000 for the summer term (12 weeks) along with one credit for the spring term.

Who May apply For the Browne leadership Fellows program?

The application process is competitive and open to all full-time freshman, sophomore and junior year students from all departments at the University of Pittsburgh. Students from all academic majors are encouraged to apply. The program is open to U.S. citizens and noncitizens.

What is the selection process like? How are Fellows selected?

In evaluating applicants, the selection committee looks for high-achieving students who committed to improving the public good and who demonstrate leadership capacity.

Still have more questions?

Please contact Program Coordinators Keith Caldwell at and Aliya Durham with any questions.