Leadership Fellows Program

BLI Fellows Engaged at the Fellows Retreat

BLI Fellows Engaged at the Fellows Retreat

The Leadership Fellows program is the co-curricular core of the Barger Leadership Institute’s educational activities. We seek to engage students from any program on campus at every stage of their undergraduate careers in BLI activities. These activities are designed to inspire promising undergraduates to develop their knowledge and skills through:

  • Faculty-facilitated workshops
  • Peer coaching & collective reflection
  • Social activities
  • Events
  • Projects that improve the institute, the campus, and our communities

First-Year Fellows
Students must be nominated to participate in the first year of our fellows program. The nomination process takes place once a year in the fall. The program is open to students at all career stages, but we particularly encourage nominators to forward the names of freshmen and sophomores. The core of the fellows program is a unique series of faculty-facilitated workshops that introduce fellows to the pillars of the Michigan way of leadership and encourage them to build skills in reflection, resilience, creativity, and adaptability. The fellows program is based on the idea that Michigan students often have substantial leadership experience, but rarely have opportunities to reflect on, share, and learn from those experiences with peers from around campus. All fellows are invited but not required to participate in and contribute to program events. In addition to program events fellows are eligible to apply for BLI funding to support study abroad, leadership development internships, and student initiated projects.

Interested in nominating an undergraduate University of Michigan student for the BLI Leadership Fellows Program? Click here to submit a nomination and make sure to include the following: Your full name, your unit/department, the student's full name, the student's UM email address, any information you have on the student's academic year and major, and a few sentences explaining why this student would be a great addition to the Fellows Program. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2014-15 cohort is Monday, September 15, 2014.

Ambassadors help power, anchor and invigorate a leadership community that spans the campus. Students who have completed the first-year fellows program may apply to continue along the leadership pathway. Acceptance is based solely on participation in and contribution to the first-year fellows program and the Institute. Continuing students may choose to emphasize projects and activities that expand and deepen the Fellows community, that develop the Institute’s presence on and off campus, or both. Ambassadors will help to shape Institute programs, offer advice to the director and staff, and participate in exclusive Institute activities.  

To learn more about the Leadership Fellows Program Pathway, click here.

For 2014-15 BLI Leadership Fellows Program dates, see our Events Calendar.