Student Applications are now closed for the 2023-2024 Cohort! MRU Students interested in the 2024-2025 cohort can complete our Expression of Interest Form to be notified when applications open.


What to expect as a Catamount Fellow


This page provides program information for senior level undergraduate students considering applying for the fellowship. For general information and current happenings, see the main page


2023-2024 Cohort Timeline


The program runs from late September through the end of April and meets weekly, with a few key summer dates to make note of:


August 1, 2023 - Student Applications Open
August 3, 2023 - Catamount Virtual Open House
August 20, 2023 - Student Applications Close
August 25, 2023 - Shortlisted Candidates Invited to Orientation Session
August 30, 2023 - Catamount Orientation Session for shortlisted candidates
September 5, 2023 - Cohort Announcement
September 8, 2023 - Opening Retreat with student fellows
September 15, 2923 - Welcome gathering with student fellows, community partners and faculty mentors
December 13, 2023 - Mid-Point Systems Scan Due
January 29 - February 4, 2024 - Catamount Community Conversations Week
March 1, 2024 - Creative Works Due
March 18, 2024 - Scholarly Output Due (content)
March 20 or 21, 2024* - Catamount Community Showcase
April 5, 2024* - Catamount Closing Retreat
April 26, 2024 - Scholarly Output Due (designed version)
April 30, 2024 - Scholarly Works Published

        *Dates subject to change



During the fellowship, fellows commit between 5-10 hours per week, in addition to their academic schedule, to conduct research, connect with community partners and faculty mentors and engage with the Catamount cohort. Fellows are required to join cohort meetings on Fridays from 10am - 1pm and meet with their community partner and faculty mentor bi-weekly throughout the program.**


 **We highly recommend taking no more than 4 courses through the winter term due to the demands of the final deliverables at the end of the program.


Most gatherings will take place in-person on campus, with occasional trips off campus to gather in nature.



Deliverables of the Fellow:
As part of the fellowship, each fellow will complete a systems scan, creative work, and scholarly output, host a community conversation, and present during the Catamount Community Showcase.


A comprehensive review of available literature, both academic and community facing, related to the issue being explored and including an initial systems map, due mid-program. The systems scan includes engagement with up to three content related experts (faculty or community practitioners) to help inform the student fellows perspective on the issues. Due December 13, 2023. 
Fellows design and host a community conversation during the fellowship with the purpose of engaging broader audiences in their research area including other scholars, students, practitioners and communities. Community Conversations are held between January 29 and February 3, 2024.
A creative reflection of the fellowship journey that translates their experience into clear messages suitable across audiences and is shared publicly, such as a podcast, blog series, short film, data visualization or literary or dramatic work. Due by March 4 with an accompanying artistic statement.
The summation of the fellow's research in the form of scholarly output which could be a written research paper, photo essay, journal article, or any other academic equivalent, due by March 18th. Scholarly outputs and creative works will be made public through the Institute for Community Prosperity by early May. For examples, see our 2022 and 2021 cohort deliverables. 



Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions related to Catamount if you are considering applying.

Barb Davies
Program Lead

Are you interested in applying for the 2024/2025 Catamount Fellowship? Please leave your contact details below and we will notify you when applications open in the summer of 2024.