Marquette University Trinity Fellows Program

The Trinity Fellows Program of Marquette University was created in keeping with an ideal central to the university’s mission - the promotion of justice and faith through service - to develop urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice.

The program is intended for committed individuals who care about the well-being of others, about issues of social and economic justice, and who wish to acquire experience in the urban nonprofit sector while studying for two years toward a Master's degree.

Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program as part of an interdisciplinary cohort while earning Master’s degrees in one of the following fields:

  • Applied Economics
  • Applied Philosophy
  • Business Administration
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Communication
  • Corporate Communication
  • Educational Policy and Leadership
  • English
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • International Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Public Service: Healthcare Administration and Nonprofit Administration
  • Spanish
  • Theology

Fellows are expected to complete their Master’s program in two years as a full-time student. They are also required to take three Trinity classes with their cohort, focused on the following urban issues:

  • Social Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Organizations
  • The Nature of Cities, Urban Policy & Politics
  • Social Justice, Social Activism

In addition to full time studies, Fellows are placed at selected nonprofit organizations in the Milwaukee area, where they work in meaningful, substantive projects. Fellows work at their agencies 18 hours per week during the academic year, and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Applicant must meet the admission requirements of the Marquette University graduate program of choice.
  • Commitment to Service: Completion of AmeriCorps, NCCC, VISTA, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps,Teach for America, or other comparable full-time service commitment, OR 2+ years of full-time employment with a nonprofit organization.

Financial benefits include a full tuition scholarship, a monthly stipend for education and living expenses, a supplemental stipend for healthcare, and individual professional development funds. Current stipend is $1,565 per month.

Each Fellow contributes a participation fee of $1,250 per semester; the participation fee totals $5,000 for the 21-month, four-semester fellowship term. This contribution may come from an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, a portion of the Peace Corps readjustment allowance, or a similar grant.

Our fellowship terms last 21 months, beginning the first year in mid-August and ending the second year on May 31. We award up to 15 fellowships.

Applications are due annually on January 15.

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Milwaukee, WI 53201
United States

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