Beyond the Bars Fellowship

Program Dates and Times: Thursdays, Sept. 19 - April 2, 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. 
Application Priority Deadline: Mon., Aug. 19
Application Deadline: Mon., Aug. 26

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

July 22, 2019


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 Monday, August 19 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Monday, August 26.


To apply, please email a one-page cover letter including why you are interested in becoming a Beyond the Bars fellow, what you hope to gain from the Fellowship, and an assessment of your strengths and challenges, along with a resume/CV to

Tentative Fellowship Calendar

The Fellowship meets most Thursday nights from 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Fall Dates

  • September 19
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • Oct 11 - Oct 13: 3-day Opening Retreat
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 7
  • November 14
  • November 21
  • December 5
  • December 12

Spring Dates

  • Saturday January 1: Day-long Conference Planning Retreat
  • January 16
  • January 23
  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27
  • March 5 - 8: Beyond the Bars Conference
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 2: Fellowship Graduation
  • April 10 - 12: 3-day Closing Retreat