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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.
Fields of Study
Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master's degree in one of the following fields of study:
Philosophy - applies to M.A. in Social and Applied Philosophy
Theology – applies to the M.A. in Theology
Community Placement Organizations
Fellows are matched with a community organization for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows work 18 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years. This is a meaningful, professional work experience, where Fellows build capacity, manage projects and deepen their understanding of social justice while embedded in the community. Learn more about community-based placements here.
Program Eligibility, Requirements and Benefits
Completion of the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Teach for America, or other comparable full-time service commitment is also required OR 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization.
To be eligible for the Trinity Fellows Program, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident, or DACA recipient of the United States.
Fellows complete their master's programs in two years, taking approximately nine credits per semester while maintaining a 3.0 average GPA and working in their community-based placement. They also take nine elective credits in the following urban issues courses: Nonprofit Organizations, The Nature of Cities, and Social Justice/Social Activism. In addition, Fellows attend monthly reflections focused on personal and professional development.
Up to 12 fellowships will be awarded for the upcoming term. Each fellowship includes:
Each fellow contributes a participation fee of $625 per semester. The total student participation fee amounts to $2,500 in total. A fellow's contribution may come from an AmeriCorps education voucher, a Peace Corps readjustment allowance, or similar grant.