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Community Partner-in-Residence Fellowship 

The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at the University of Richmond (UR) seeks applications for the Community Partner in Residence Fellowship (CPiR). The nonprofit sector and public sector demands significant commitments making it difficult for nonprofit professionals to have the time and freedom necessary for in-depth research, reflection, and exploration on the major challenges their organizations face. To help address these challenges, the CPiR Fellowship provides space, time, and thought partnerships to fuel inquiry, encouraging the exploration of creative solutions and ideas that Richmond nonprofit change-makers may not have the opportunity to fully consider within their daily work activities.

Who May Apply

Applicants must work at a Richmond area nonprofit or local government that has been in a community-engaged relationship with UR for a minimum of two years; this may mean that the organization has received volunteers or interns, hosted community-based learning classes, partnered with University staff or faculty to deliver programs and/or develop organizational capacities, or has participated in another form of meaningful exchange between the University and the organization. Two employees from different nonprofit organizations may apply together to work on a shared issue of focus relevant to their organizational missions. If applying as an applicant pair, at least one of the pair’s organization must have partnered with the University for two years.

What Each Fellow Will Receive

CPiR Fellows will receive $6,000 per participant for 160 hours (20 days) of work, to be conducted between August 15 and December 15, 2020, to be paid directly to the fellow(s). Fellows will be paid half in August and half upon the completion of the fellowship. They will be provided an office for the duration of their fellowship and will have access, including borrowing privileges, to the University’s library and all associated research databases. The CCE’s staff will foster conversations and connections between the fellow(s) and faculty, staff, and students who may be interested in the fellow’s project and/or may have specific skills, knowledge, or expertise that could be useful. If the applicant(s) have specific faculty or staff with whom they would like to collaborate, they should include that information in their application. The CCE will work with the fellow(s) over the spring and summer preceding the fellowship to establish relevant connections between the fellow and University employees so that the fellows can get started quickly in the fall. The fellow(s) will also be invited to the many CCE and University activities in support of lifelong learning, reflection, and growth.


CPiR Fellow(s) are invited into the University community as an expert and their fellowship will be spent in residence at the main UR campus or at UR Downtown (URD). The fellow(s) will be required to make one presentation of their project at a CCE-sponsored program, take part in meetings with University community-engaged faculty and/or staff as recommended, and meet with CCE staff to discuss ongoing progress and possible future collaborations. In addition, the fellow(s) may be asked to discuss their work with relevant classes and students depending on shared interests and time. Upon completion of the fellowship, the CPiR Fellow(s) will complete a formal evaluation of the fellowship and verify the hours worked.

Application Process

The application for the CPiR Fellowship includes four parts:

1) A statement of interest of no more than 1,000 words that includes: (a) the key question and/or issue the fellow(s) hopes to address while in residence; (b) a narrative about how the opportunity to pursue this connects with their organization(s)’s mission(s) and with their own professional development; (c) a description of organization’s past and current relationships with UR; (d) a statement of the potential outcomes, programs, or products that could arise from this work; (e) and an explanation of how the fellow(s) will present and use the outcomes of this fellowship in their organization(s). If there is a particular faculty, staff, University department, or unit applicants aim to collaborate or consult with during the fellowship, please include that information.

2) A proposed work plan the fellow(s) will follow that includes a proposed schedule of residency for the fellowship period.

When proposing a fellowship schedule please keep the following in mind. The required 160 hours can be organized flexibly based on the demands of the organization and on the nature of the fellowship project. In developing your proposal, applicants should consider carefully what will work best for them and their organization(s). To aid the fellow(s) in prioritizing the time spent on the fellowship we suggest the following models based on successful practices elsewhere:

  • A one-month intensive, with four continuous weeks dedicated to the fellowship.
  • One week a month spread over four months.
  • One 8-hour day per week for twenty weeks.

Please note that we will not accept schedules based wholly on half days or less.

3) Current resume(s).

4) A signed statement from their board chair or immediate supervisor signaling that appropriate arrangements will be made to cover some of the fellow’s normal job activities; expressing the relevance of the fellows’ proposed project to the organizational mission; and agreeing to the specific work plan and time schedule for the duration of the fellowship.

Application materials should be submitted by January 31 either via email to or by mail to Andrea Vest, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, 270 Richmond Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173. Fellow(s) will be notified of the results by early February. If accepted, the fellowship period will be completed between August 15 and December 15, 2020.

The University of Richmond looks forward to providing space for, and engaging with, the Community Partner in Residence Fellow(s) as they address an important issue facing the greater Richmond community. Any questions concerning the fellowship can be directed to Derek Miller at or (804) 944-1091.


Any questions concerning the CPiR Fellowship can be directed to Derek Miller at (804) 944-1091 or

Information Sessions

Thursday, December 19
8:30-9:30 a.m.
UR Downtown
626 E. Broad Street

Monday, January 6
4-5 p.m.
UR Downtown
626 E. Broad Street