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Community Engagement Fellowship



The Graduate School - Newark has established the Community Engagement Fellowship to encourage graduate school students to pursue high quality, unpaid/underpaid internships or fellowship placements that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships.


Community Engagement Fellowships This highly competitive program provides grants from $500 a semester and $1,000 for the academic year to RU-N graduate students pursuing internships that are unpaid. The Graduate School - Newark has identified organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their fellows or interns. Generally, internships at most organizations where financial resources are at a premium are eligible, particularly: 


                Nonprofit          Governmental          Educational          Non-governmental


Unpaid internships at for-profit organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies and media conglomerates, will not be considered for funding through the fellowship, as these internships should be paid, regardless of the general practices of these organizations.



Graduate students who are currently enrolled full-time or part-time in any degree program at the Graduate School - Newark during the application and internship period are eligible. Your primary designation must be "student" in order to be eligible to submit an application. Short–term exchange change students are not eligible. 


Graduate School-Newark Community Engagement Fellowship Application 

Awardees may only receive a fellowship once during his or her academic career at Rutgers University. Past GSN fellowship recipients are not eligible to reapply for future funding.


Academic Standing and Disciplinary Conduct Records 

All applicants should be in good academic standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 through the end of the internship period.


International Students 

As an international student, you are eligible to apply, but should first understand how the award would affect your taxes.


Application Form & Supplemental Documents


Note: The following three documents will need to be submitted with your application form. 

1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (PDF format).
2. Unofficial transcript (PDF format).
3. Internship
Verification & Description Letter or Signed Contract.


Submit the online application here, which includes personal essay questions.


More Information


If you have questions or would like more information about the RU-N fellowship fund, please contact Assoc. Dean, Kinna Perry:


Visit: 175 University Avenue, Conklin Hall Suite 241, Newark, New Jersey 07102

Phone: (973) 353-5834


Rutgers Graduate School-Newark
Office of the Dean

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