Field School Fellows
As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local community while completing independent research work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer.
Field School Fellows work 35 hours per week for ten weeks, and this work often takes place at the organization’s office, under the supervision of the organization’s staff. The Upstate Institute works with students to coordinate transportation. In addition, students meet weekly with Upstate Institute staff, and participate in an eight-week seminar on not-for-profit management and organization, and on the resources and needs of the Upstate New York region.
Community Partner Application Process
Each January, the Upstate Institute invites local organizations to propose a project for a Field School Fellow to complete this summer. The file below outlines our application procedures for the 2018 Summer Field School. Completed proposals should be submitted to the Upstate Institute by Friday, February 2, 2018, by emailing Project Director Julie Dudrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Upstate Institute Executive Board will begin to review proposals during the week of February 5, and will choose projects to fund this year by February 12. At that time, we will post the project descriptions for selected projects, and prospective Field School Fellows will review these project descriptions and will apply to the Upstate Institute for specific fellowships. The deadline for students to apply to the 2018 Field School is March 12, 2018.
Community Partner Application Procedures for the Upstate Institute Summer Field School 2018
Student Application Process
A list of organizations that will host a Field School Fellow for the summer of 2018 will be posted to this site on Friday, February 12, 2018. Students will be able to access the Field School Application on that date, and will be able to indicate their preference for specific projects on the application. Student applications will be due to the Upstate Institute by Monday, March 12, 2018.
Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick
with any questions about this process.