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Phase 2: Fellows

Once students have successfully completed a Leadership Lab they become BLI Fellows. The Fellows are the BLI's core group of student leaders and can continue to participate in all community events. They will share their experience of the Leadership Labs, the practice of the BLI Habits, and the identity that comes with earning a title that recognizes their common achievement. Entering the Fellows phase of the program opens a wide range of opportunities that students can choose to pursue at any time during their Michigan career.

Fellows will be eligible for all of our funding programs and will have exclusive access to new leadership development opportunities. We hope that BLI Fellows will use these opportunities to forward their own goals and to enrich the work of other programs they take part in on and off campus. Opportunities for Institute Fellows include:

Access Opportunities: These are exclusive, expense-paid opportunities to meet some of the University’s most successful alumni here and across the globe. Past events include dinner with a renowned leader or attending networking events with high-powered university administration and alumni. Some opportunities include traveling to other cities-- such as Seattle or Denver-- to shadow alumni, attend events or conferences, and experience local flair. In Spring 2018, BLI will partner with the LSA Opportunity Hub to offer a trip to London.

BLI Student Project Grants: BLI students may be awarded up to $1,500 in funding to support medium to long-term, team-based projects that address issues about which they are passionate. Past projects have included initiatives related to healthcare and sustainable energy.

BLI Leadership Retreat: The Leadership Retreats are designed as an interactive, energizing, and unique experience to enhance Fellows’ leadership practice. Retreats strengthen leadership habits and abilities through collaborative activities away from the classroom and campus. The 2017 retreat was an overnight experience at the Howell Nature Center and included team building activities and a ropes course.

Fellows then have the opportunity to apply to become an Advanced Fellow.