Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowships–APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Any undergraduate student may apply for a Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship (WOECF) for projects to be completed during summer 2016. Complete fellowship information is available on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.  This fellowship provides undergraduate UW-Madison students with a wonderful experiential learning opportunity and a great way to become engaged with a Wisconsin community. Each undergraduate fellow (up to 3 fellows per project) will receive a $3,000 stipend and up to an additional $1,000 for project expenses.

Undergraduates selected to receive a WOECF will collaborate with a public service organization in a Wisconsin community to design and implement a community engagement project during summer 2016. Projects should relate to the areas of conservation, climate, energy, public health or literature education that broadly coincide with the topic of one of six MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) UW-Madison faculty are offering during the current academic year.

This is a competitive fellowship and an excellent opportunity for students to develop their communication, critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills, conduct research, and build professional networks that may lead to employment opportunities. In fact, each of the 2015 WOECF fellows was offered a job by his or her community partner either during or after their project! We are able to fund up to 7 projects during the 2016 cycle, so please urge interested, qualified students to begin their applications soon!

Application materials are now online and will be accepted through March 18. However, students who submit proposals by February 19 will receive feedback before the final deadline and have time to submit a revised professional proposal. All projects must include the active participation of a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff mentor and a community partner in the Wisconsin community in which the student wishes to implement her/his project.

WOECF Information Sessions will be held at the Morgridge Center for Public Service (Rm 154 Red Gym) on Thursday, January 28th, 5-6 pm and Monday, February 8th,5-6pm.

Any questions related to the WOECF program may be directed to me or the WOECF Graduate Assistant, Dave Lassen (dlassen@wisc.edu).