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. Fellows receive a $250 expense grant per project to support their work, and faculty sponsors receive a $1,000 expense grant or stipend per project for participating and supervising student work.

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 propose a specific project in collaboration with a Hartford-area partner and a faculty sponsor. Contact Erica Crowley (Director of Community Learning) and/or Laura Holt (CLRF seminar instructor) to discuss your ideas and make connections with potential partners and faculty.


Past project features

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