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Beyond the Pines Fellowship


The Bowdoin Outing Club encourages students to dream, organize and lead outdoor trips. This fellowship offers the financial support to shape the most creative and adventurous outdoor visions into real opportunities. The expedition should foster a spirit of adventure and encourage personal challenges and skill development and in the end, contribute to the growth of the Bowdoin Outing Club.

Eligibility and Logistics:

All paid members of the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) are eligible to apply for the fellowship. A selection committee composed of the current officers and several BOC alumni will review all applications submitted by October 27th. The committee will decide on the fellowship candidates before Thanksgiving. Funding will not necessarily be awarded annually if the fellowship submissions fail to excite or inspire the student selection committee. The expedition is to take place within 1 year of receiving approval. For recipients in their senior year, the expedition may not occur after spring break. In the case of multiple students applying for the same expedition, one application may be submitted but it must contain personal statements from each applicant.


The committee will assess each application for the significance, originality and appropriateness of the expedition. Other considerations will include:

  • Past/current involvement with the BOC.
  • How participation in proposed expedition will facilitate future contributions to the BOC.
  • Plan for bringing experiences back to the BOC.
  • Risk management plan
  • Incorporation of Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.
  • Participant skill levels commensurate with proposed itinerary.
  • Must be a non-commercial trip.

Only applications submitted in entirety by October 27th will be considered. The student committee selection will be submitted to the director of the BOC for review and possible approval.


Each fellowship applicant must submit a standard application including all of the following:

  • Purpose and goals of expedition.
  • Specific budget requirements with an itemized breakdown of projected costs.
  • An itinerary for the expedition.
  • A risk management plan including expected risks.
  • A brief statement about the appropriateness of the expedition to the experience level of the participants.
  • An explanation of the applicant's past and future role in the BOC.
  • A brief statement about how the applicant will share this experience, in a substantial and meaningful manner, with the BOC.