NIU Newman Civic Fellowship Program

The NIU Newman Civic Fellowship Program recognizes and supports student public problem solvers. This yearlong program, held in conjunction with Campus Compact, offers students opportunities to expand their learning, make an impact and create meaningful professional connections.

One NIU student is selected for this program each year, based on the student’s demonstrated civic and community engagement leadership and commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities.

Opportunities for the NIU Newman Civic Fellow include:

  • Annual in-person Convening of Fellows.
  • In person and virtual learning and networking events.
  • One-on-one leadership development with a local mentor.
  • Connection to a nationwide network of engaged student leaders during and after the fellowship year.
  • Public national recognition.
  • Special scholarship and career opportunities.
  • Opportunities to present or publish work through Campus Compact.

2024-25 Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2024-25 program and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. Nominations may only be submitted by faculty or staff members. The fellow is announced by April.

Please contact Andrea Radasanu at with questions.

Eligibility and Program Requirements

Student nominees must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at NIU.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for the full duration of their fellowship from September 2024 to May 2025.
  • Commit to being present and to fully engage in offered fellowship activities, including providing a short reflection piece to Campus Compact during their fellowship year.

Nomination Process

  • Find an NIU faculty or staff member sponsor to nominate you for the fellowship.
  • Request the faculty or staff member submit your nomination, including a letter of support (maximum one-page) by Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024.
  • You will receive a notification from InfoReady once the nomination has been submitted and be asked to submit a letter of interest and a résumé, emphasizing your civic and community engagement activities by February 1.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
Holmes Student Center 264-266
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