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Postgraduate Fellowship Program

The Marlboro Postgraduate Fellowship Program brings together an interdisciplinary cohort of recent graduates ('16, '17, '18) for an immersive project-based educational opportunity in which students gain professional work experience, are paired with a professional mentor, and explore and apply new approaches to leadership. In partnership with Marlboro’s Center for New Leadership, fellows will participate in workshops and trainings that help them clarify personal purpose, develop practices to support work/life integration, form a supportive community of practice, and better align their work goals with their strengths and passions. Monthly meet-ups with mentors and participation in So.VT Young Professionals events will augment development of professional goals, job skills, and future planning.

Through this immersive program, students selected as Marlboro Fellows will:

  1. Gain job skills and professional work experience

  2. Learn directly from, and develop connections with, a wide network of professionals

  3. Gain an overview of a diverse range of leadership styles and techniques

  4. Design and implement a project that builds on professional interest and provides a benefit to the Marlboro community

Eligibility and Application

Students who are selected as Marlboro Fellows will be a recent graduate ('16, '17, '18) of Marlboro College, have an excellent record of academic and community standing, and have a demonstrated interest in the area or department of the college. Fellowships vary year to year and are offered in key administrative offices/departments across the College depending on the needs of the institution. A selection committee reviews applications, selects and interviews finalists, and recommends candidates for appointment. The strength of candidates’ academic work and contributions to the Marlboro community are considered among their other qualifications.

Application materials must include a cover letter, resume, two references, and one to two ideas for a potential special project that will be undertaken during the academic year. Projects should have a tangible outcome that will benefit the Marlboro community. The selection committee will begin reviewing applications June 1, 2018. Application deadline is July 1, 2018.


2018-2019 Marlboro Fellows positions include:

  • Visual Arts (1 position)

    • The Fellow will assist the visual arts faculty by actively engaging in student mentoring, critique sessions, and studio support. Access to the studios and facilities will allow the Fellow to continue making their own work while under the guidance of faculty. A project co-created with faculty will enhance the student experience of the visual arts on campus. Additional areas of interest could include gallery curation, education, and/or arts administration.

  • Social Innovation (1 position)

    • The Fellow will work to refine their understanding of a specific social problem, reflect on their personal identities and sources of power, and take action in finding their unique pathway forward, making concrete plans to continue their work post-graduation as social innovators in movements, organizations, businesses, and/or government. Fellows will also become part of a dedicated cohort and larger community of changemakers invested in advancing their work and the work of their peers to achieve positive social impact. The Fellow will be guided by Marlboro’s Ashoka Leadership team and will be integral in establishing social innovation programming on campus.

  • Library (1 position)

    • The main focus of the fellowship experience will be in service to the College community and will include working at the Service Desk and assisting students, faculty, and staff with their information/research needs. There will be the opportunity to learn more about information literacy instruction in a variety of educational settings. Additional areas of interest could include technical services, interlibrary loan, collection maintenance, book repair, open educational resources, and virtual services. Detailed description here. 

  • Admissions (1 position)

    • The Fellow assists with recruitment and admissions activities for a specific geographic area, including travel to meet prospective students and evaluation of applications. Fellows play an integral role in admissions events planning and execution. The fellow assists in developing training and marketing materials that articulate the Marlboro experience to those less familiar with the College--in person and online. Social media experience is preferred.

  • Development (1 position)

    • The Fellow is a key member of the Advancement/Alumni Relations team and is exposed to all aspects of fundraising and constituent relations efforts. The fellow participates in advancing and expanding alumni engagement with the College, including: planning and promotion of on- and off-campus alumni events, social media outreach, and management of the Marlboro College Branch Out platform.

  • President’s Office (1 position)

    • The Fellow acts as an important aide to the president by conducting a variety of research and communication projects aimed at advancing executive needs. The majority of projects require compiling, analyzing, and synthesizing data gleaned from community and committee work, Town Meeting, and faculty that will inform strategic initiatives. The Fellow also supports the larger President's Office team, including preparation for and coordination of Board of Trustee meetings with the special assistant to the president; participation on the senior team; as well as diplomatic frontline coverage of a busy office, interfacing with a wide range of internal and external constituents. The Fellow will gain experience tackling assigned projects from various angles, considering community relations, mission-driven prioritization, resource allocation, as well as regional, national, and global influences on institutional decision-making.

  • IT tech (1 position)

    • This IT fellowship will work with the Marlboro IT team to provide technical support for the college community. The fellowship will focus on developing real world technical skills in a professional situation supporting academic and business needs. Some off hours including one weekend a month will be necessary to provide technical support for resident students and low residency graduate programs. In addition the follow will complete advanced projects in a specialty area that matches their particular skill set such as programming, networking, or system administration.

Salary & Benefits:

  • stipend

  • On-campus housing and Meal plan

  • Graduate course and/or workshops

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