About the Program


The Trinity Fellows Program of Marquette University was created in keeping with an ideal central to the university's mission - the promotion of justice and faith through service - to develop urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice.

The program is intended for committed individuals who care about the well-being of others, about issues of social and economic justice, and who wish to acquire experience in the urban nonprofit sector while studying for two years toward a Master's degree. See the Student Fact Sheet

Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree in one of the following fields of study:

Admission and Eligibility Requirements


  • Applicants need to apply to both the Marquette University Graduate School and the Trinity Fellows Program. To qualify, applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Marquette University Graduate School or Graduate School of Management program of choice. Application fee is waived for Trinity Fellows applicants. See apply page for details.
    • Applicants please note: it is important that you review the Graduate Bulletin in order to obtain more information about the graduate school, admission requirements, and course offerings for your program of choice.

Commitment of Service:

Program Requirements

Fellows are expected to complete their Master's programs in two years by taking approximately nine credits per semester. They are also required to take nine elective credits in the following urban issues courses: Nonprofit Organizations, The Nature of Cities, and Social Justice/Social Activism. Fellows work at their agency-based graduate assistantships 18 hours per week during the academic year, and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years.

Fellowship Benefits

Up to 15 fellowships will be awarded for the upcoming term. Each fellowship includes:

  • Full-tuition scholarship
  • Monthly stipend of approximately $1,565 (gross) to purchase books, health insurance, and support living expenses.

Fellowship Fees

Each fellow will contribute a participation fee of $1,250 per semester. The total student participation fee amounts to $5,000 in total. A fellow's contribution may come from an AmeriCorps education voucher, a Peace Corps readjustment allowance, or similar grant.

Questions? Call or write Carole Ferrara at (414) 288-5861 or carole.ferrara@marquette.edu.

Trinity Fellows graduates

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Carole Ferrara, Director
(414) 288-5861

Carolyn Swabek, Assistant Director
(414) 288-0637

Peggy Mead, Program Assistant
(414) 288-5473

Fax: (414) 288-3259

Mailing address:
Trinity Fellows Program
Marquette University
707 Building, Room 303
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881