Beyond the Bars Fellowship

Program Dates and Times: Thurs., Oct. 1 - Sun., April 4
Application Priority Deadline: Fri., Aug. 28
Application Deadline: Wed., Sept. 2 

Students are invited to apply to The Beyond the Bars Fellowship, a program that offers interdisciplinary leadership development towards working for social change.

August 07, 2020


The Beyond the Bars Fellowship offers students and community members an interdisciplinary leadership development program to develop and deepen their identity, analysis, skills and network towards ending mass incarceration and creating a more just and safe world. Through seminars, workshops, and guest lectures Fellows explore their own experiences and identities as people working for social change, gain a theoretical and practical understanding of mass incarceration, and are introduced to various models of social change including community organizing, legislative advocacy, messaging and communications, and more.

In addition, Fellows work together with the Center for Justice and the Criminal Justice Caucus to organize the annual Beyond the Bars Conference on ending mass incarceration and realizing social justice. The Fellowship is made up of both students and community members and our aim is to work collaboratively with the University and community towards social change.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Desire to be a part of a group learning environment
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for social justice
  • Commitment to fulfill all requirements of the Fellowship
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program


The priority application deadline is Fri. Aug. 28.  After that, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Wed. Sept. 2.


Apply (resume / CV required:)

Application Process  

August 5: Application Period Opens
August 28: Priority Application Deadline
September 2: Application Period Closes
August 31: September 9th – Interviews
September 11: Accepted Applicants are Notified
October 1: Fellowship Starts

Tentative Fellowship Calendar

The Fellowship meets most Thursday nights from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. starting Thurs., Oct. 1 through early April.  All Fellowship meetings will be online until if and when it is safe to meet in person.

Fall Dates

October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19
December 3
December 10

Spring Dates

January 16: Day Long Restorative Justice Training
January 21
January 28
February 4
February 11
February 18
February 25
March 4 - 7: Beyond the Bars Conference
March 18
March 25
April 2 - 4: Closing Retreat (if health and safety conditions allow)