In the Community Learning Research Fellows (CLRF) Trinity students collaborate with a Hartford-area community partner and a faculty sponsor on a research or creative project that benefits the partner’s organization.

Accepted students will enroll in a weekly seminar (for 0.5 credits) and an independent study/course/internship/thesis with a faculty sponsor (for 0.5 or more credits). Fellows also attend Common Hour events, and publicly present their projects at the end of the semester. Each project will receive a $250 expense grant to support the work, and faculty sponsors receive a $1,000 expense grant or stipend for participating and supervising one student and an additional $500 per student if working with a pair or small group.

In Community Learning Research Fellows project students might:

  • conduct interviews with participants on their experiences with a program
  • create charts and maps to illustrate the impact of a public policy issue
  • design a public history project to tell a story about change over time
  • expand on a research idea that emerged in a prior community-learning course

Students may apply individually or as a small team, and must either propose their own project in collaboration with a Hartford-area partner or choose from the options below.  Applications are due here by March 25th. Contact Erica Crowley (Director of Community Learning) and Dan Douglas (CLRF seminar instructor) to discuss your ideas and make connections with potential partners and faculty. If you need an extension on your application until March 28th, please contact us via email to let us know.



Past project features

Check out blogs written about Community Learning Research Fellows and recent CLRF student projects on the CHER blog.