The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an interdisciplinary leadership development program to develop and deepen their identity, analysis, skills and network towards ending mass incarceration and creating a more just and safe world. Through seminars, workshops and guest lectures Fellows explore their own experiences and identities as people working for social change; gain a theoretical and practical understanding of mass incarceration; and are introduced to various models of social change including community organizing, legislative advocacy, messaging and communications and more. In addition Fellows work together with the Center for Justice and the Criminal Justice Caucus to organize the annual Beyond the Bars Conference on ending mass incarceration and realizing social justice. The Fellowship is made up of both Students and Community members and our aim is to work collaboratively with the University and Community towards social change
We aim to bring together Columbia University students with the larger NYC community to create a diverse and rich learning environment that can be mutually beneficial to all Fellows. We encourage people impacted (directly and indirectly) by mass incarceration to apply. Please note that extensive experience is not a requirement.
What will you gain?
- Leadership Development: Participate in regular seminars, workshops and guest lectures and deepen your understanding of yourself as well as develop your understanding of justice issues and your capacity to enact change.
- Organizing Experience: Work collaboratively to help organize the annual Beyond the Bars Conference
- A Community of Mentors and Colleagues: The Fellowship is an intentional and experiential learning community that will support your growth as a social justice advocate.
All applicants should meet the following:
- Have a desire to be a part of group learning environment
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for social justice.
- Commitment to fulfill all requirements of the Fellowship
Columbia Fellows should be Current Columbia student enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program.
Community Fellows are not enrolled at Columbia University. We encourage applicants who are not students or have not attended college to apply. Students from other colleges / universities are welcome to apply.
The priority application deadline is Monday August 21st. After that we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until Monday August 28th.
- 1 page cover letter including:
- Why you are interested in becoming a Beyond the Bars Fellow
- What you hope to gain from the Fellowship
- An assessment of your strengths and challenges
July 28th: Application Period Opens
August 21st: Priority Application Deadline
August 28th: Application Period Closes
August 28th- Sept 7th – Interviews
September 8th: Accepted Applicants are Notified
September 21st: Fellowship Starts
Tentative Fellowship Calendar
The Fellowship meets most Thursday nights from
Oct 6th – Oct 8th: 3 Day Retreat
March 1st–4th: Beyond the Bars Conference
April 13th-15th: 3 Day Closing Retreat