Denning Summer Fellowship

Hanley Denning '92

About the Fellowship
Application Information
Denning Fellowship Alumni
Program Contact Information

About the Fellowship

Named in honor of Common Good Award recipient and founder of Safe Passage, Hanley Denning '92, the Denning Summer Fellowship through the Forest Foundation is designed for students entering their senior year who already have a foundation in community engagement and are seeking an in-depth experience working on a public issue of interest related to their academic major.

A stipend of $5,000 provides funding for students to pursue in-depth work on an issue through placement at an organization while laying the groundwork for independent community-engaged research. Preference will be given to proposals for work based in Maine, but applications for work throughout the United States will also be considered. Students will detail their focus on and experience with a particular issue of interest in their applications, but do not have to have identified an organization to work with. Following acceptance of an applicant's proposal, staff at the McKeen Center will work with fellowship recipients to identify an appropriate placement with an organization. Following the 10-week summer placement, students are encouraged to design an independent study or honors project related to their summer work to be taken up the following academic year.

Application Information

Jeong Denning

The 2018 Denning Summer Fellowship application deadine is Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at noon EST. Denning applications are open to sophmore and junior students (with a preference for juniors) and applications for work anywhere in the United States will be reviewed, but there is a preference for work in Maine. The 2018 Denning application can be accessed HERE and a detailed information sheet about the program and application can be found HERE.

Denning applications consist of the following materials:

  • Contact information for two Bowdoin references (one must be a faculty member who can speak to the candidate's research abilities and skills)
  • A 1-2 page single-spaced Fellowship Proposal that includes clear ideas for a candidate's summer project including area of interest, possible community organizations, likely location, type of project, target population, and how the work will intersect with academic pursuits
  • An up-to-date resume

All accepted Denning fellows must then finalize an organization placement by April 30. Final fellowship awards will be contingent on students finalizing placements and projects by this date.

Denning Fellowship Alumni

Read about the experiences of our past Denning Fellows (previously known as Forest Foundation Fellows). Reading about these fellows will give you an idea what a Denning fellowship entails and ideas for future Denning fellowship work.

Program Contact Information

For more information on Denning Summer Fellowships please contact Tom Ancona, 207-798-4189.

During the 2017-18 Academic Year, please feel free to contact our Summer Fellowship McKeen Fellows, Leah Howard or Liam Nicoll. Liam and Leah have office hours in the McKeen Center from 8a to 10a on Tuesday and from 2p to 4p on Thursday during Fall semester.