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Partners for Change: FAQs

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Partners for Change: FAQs

1.  What are the qualities you look for in potential fellows?
There is no single characteristic that makes a Partners for Change Fellow, but we look for students who demonstrate the following characteristics:

Demonstrated interest in the focus area: Partners for Change Fellows have demonstrated interest (past volunteer experience, academic course work, research experience) in the focus area to which they are applying (health justice, education, urban sustainability, community development, international development).

Leadership and teamwork: Fellows want to make a difference; they look for opportunities to work with others to create change.   

Commitment to the public good: Fellows have deep concern for issues that affect under-resourced communities at home and abroad.

2.  I am pre-med, but also interested in education. Can I apply to both the health and education areas?
No. We ask that you choose the area that most fits your interests.

3.  I'll be transferring to CCNY next year as a junior. May I apply to the program?
Yes. Transfer students are encouraged to apply.

4.  Can I apply to multiple Powell Center programs at the same time?
Yes, but we strongly encourage you to look carefully at the program requirements of each, and choose the program that best fits your interests. You will not be selected for more than one program, so if you apply to multiple programs, you leave the decision of which program accepts you to the selection committee.

5.  If I become a Partners for Change 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.

6.  Do I choose my own service site, or will I be assigned to one?
Service sites are carefully selected by Powell Center staff for their commitment to working with undergraduate students, their ability to provide strong guidance and supervision, and their willingness to offer meaningful work that meets an organizational need.You will be matched to a service site in the beginning of the year, and while you've have some choice among the sites in your area of focus, you are not guaranteed your first choice.

7.  What kind of research do Partners for Change Fellows do?
Research projects are crafted by a Leader-in-Residence: a professional in the field with an interest in sharing her/his expertise with undergraduate students. These projects are not strictly academic: they use active inquiry to support evidence-based practice in organizations. Depending on the project, Fellows will conduct some combination of literature reviews, interviews, focus groups, or on-line research. A final written product will be completed by the end of the year.

8.  How much time should I plan to devote to the fellowship program?  

Partners for Change 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.

9.  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, follow"Colin Powell Center" on Twitter @cpowellctr , check out or Google calendar, or join our mailing list.

10.  Where are you located? The Center is located on the fifth floor of Shepard Hall, in Room 550.

11.  Whom should I contact for further information? Email us at