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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Leadership Fellowship: FAQs


New York Life Fellow Chris Raj1. How can I become a Colin Powell Fellow? 

Colin Powell Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are accepted in the winter and early spring for the following fall. The application deadline for 2013-2014 is March 12, 2013. Applications will be posted online in the fall semester.  To apply, interested students are encouraged to stop by the Center and meet with one of our staff or attend an informational session before filing out the application. Once applications are received and reviewed, finalists will be contacted for an interview. New fellows are notified by the end of the spring semester. 

2. What are the qualities you look for in potential fellows? 

There is no single characteristic that makes a Colin Powell Fellow, but we look for students who demonstrate the following characteristics:

  •     Curiosity: Powell Fellows see connections between their own academic subject area and the world around them.
  •   Leadership: Powell Fellows want to make a difference; they look for opportunities to work with others to create change.
  •   Commitment to the public good: Powell Fellows have deep concern for issues that affect under-resourced communities at home and abroad.

3. I do not have a background in political science, policy, or international relations. Will I be at a disadvantage in the program?

The Colin Powell Program is specifically designed for students in all majors, and the program is designed to provide a grounding knowledge of political institutions and policy making processes to all Powell fellows. 4. How much time should I plan to devote to the fellowship program? Colin Powell Fellows typically spending between 8 and 10 hours a week engaged in activities related to their fellowship. Students accepted into the program must be prepared to structure their schedules around this program of activity.

5. What is the capstone project that second-year fellows undertake?

The capstone is a year-long effort that begins in the Fall semester with research and analysis of a compelling policy issue and culminates in the Spring with a substantive paper or project that allows for more extensive exploration of the policy issue in concert with experts and/organizations that are engaged with the students' topic of interest.

6. Can I receive academic credit for my participation? 

Yes. In recognition of the demanding nature of the Colin Powell Program, undergraduate participants receive three credit hours a year for their participation. The credit hours are awarded in the spring semester.

7. Do I need to be a rising junior to apply?

Not necessarily. However, you should have between 40 and 60 credits at the end of the spring in which you apply.

8. I'll be transferring to CCNY next year as a junior. May I apply to the program? 

Yes. Transfer students are encouraged to apply.

9. Can I take part in a semester abroad program while I'm a Colin Powell Fellow? 

Under some circumstances, fellows may take a leave from the program to participate in a semester abroad. If you believe you will be interested in this option, please discuss the possibility with a Center staff member before you apply. 10. If I become a Colin Powell Fellow, can I also take part in another scholarship program? While you may apply to any scholarship program that CCNY offers, if you receive offers to join more than one program, you must choose the one that best fits your goals and needs. In the past, students who participated in more than one such program typically found themselves overcommitted. Additionally, limiting students to one scholarship program enables more CCNY students to take advantage of scholarship opportunities at CCNY.

10. Can I attend the fellowship seminars if I am not in the program?

Unfortunately, no. However, the Center regularly hosts public events. To find out information about these events join our mailing list.

11. Where are you located?

The Center is located on the fifth floor of Shepard Hall, in Room 550.

12. Whom should I contact for further information?

Colin Dixon, program coordinator, cdixon@ccny.cuny.edu, 212-650-8446.