Our students arrive at Beloit College full of curiosity and ideas. For those who have already identified a passion, Beloit has created a series of invitation-only programs that allow you to deepen and expand your knowledge while accessing multiple extracurricular opportunities.
Built on the college’s academic foundation, Beloit offers five Fellows communities: Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Human Rights & Social Justice, Global Impact, and STEM.
Incoming students who have demonstrated significant accomplishments or promise in these subject areas through their application — including coursework, essays, portfolios, community involvement, recommendations, and interviews — are invited to join the Fellows program.
When you become a Fellow, you will be connected with faculty and fellow students who share that same affinity — your people, so to speak— even before you step on campus. You will join in student-driven activities, clubs, workshops, meetings, and one-on-one faculty mentoring.
As a Fellow, you decide how you want to take advantage of the opportunities, and there’s no need to major in the subject of interest.
Communicate, collaborate, and create — be a Beloit Fellow.
Beloit College’s historically strong and nationally ranked creative writing program attracts students of literature and aspiring wordsmiths of all stripes, including poets, fiction writers, essayists and journalists.
As an invite-only Creative Writing Fellow, you will be fast-tracked into a network of dedicated faculty and student peers who will help cultivate your creative writing skills. It starts with the summer Beloiters Write online workshop, where many Fellows say they’ve met their best friends and writing colleagues.
Once on campus, Fellows are enveloped into a vibrant, creative world unique to Beloit College.
There’s a chance to meet nationally recognized visiting writers in the Mackey Workshop program. Cartoonist, illustrator, and creative mastermind Lynda Barry will engage with Fellows in spring semester 2023.
Fellows also have the opportunity to be published in Pocket Lint, the acclaimed campus literary magazine, and sharpen their editing skills on the Beloit Fiction Journal, which attracts submissions from talented writers from across the U.S.
Collaboration and hands-on experience are the foundation of the Practicum in Literary Editing, a course that has produced the Beloit Fiction Journal for nearly 30 years.
The supportive Fellows community has inspired students to create their own projects, including this year’s launch of the Aardvark Authors Club, a group where writers can share their ideas and first drafts. Peer-reviewed writing workshops help Fellows improve their skills as well as enhance their college experience.
Communicate, collaborate, and create — be a Beloit Creative Writing Fellow.
At CELEB, entrepreneurship is at the core of liberal arts education that lets you build skills and set goals. The “secret sauce” is the mentorship and guidance of faculty and a network of accomplished mentors that spurs success.
Invite-only Fellows students are fast-tracked into an intensive experience at CELEB’s 18,000-square-foot space in downtown Beloit. New Venture Night is the fall semester’s first meet-up, where Fellows congregate and explore CELEB resources.
Through education labs, Fellows can explore self-employment as a career option and learn life skills, whether you create your own gig or not.
Fellows have the opportunity to work with business leaders and take part in the student-run market research business, Belmark Associates, a great resume builder. There’s also priority access to entrepreneurship conferences in Chicago and Tampa — one more benefit of joining the CELEB Fellows.
Create, collaborate, and cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit — be a Beloit CELEB Fellow.
Human Rights & Social Justice Fellows work toward equality for all in social, political, and economic spaces.
Fellows will be able to meet and interact with nationally known speakers who visit to campus to talk about major global themes, such as this year’s focus on intersectionalities – how race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and hierarchy can interact to marginalize people and compound societal forces.
During the fall of 2022, Fellows will have the opportunity to meet Ousley Scholar-in-ResidenceMariah Parker, Ph.D., a linguist, Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Commissioner, community organizer, abolitionist, and rapper. As a Black, queer woman, Parker will talk with students on civic engagement and transformative politics. Also visiting campus in spring 2023 is this year’s Weissberg Chair, Wayne Au, who is a leading figure on inclusion and anti-racism in public schools.
Previous Weissberg Chair Eskinder Negash, Senior Vice President for Global Engagement for the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), converses with students in class.
Also part of the program is access to Spring Break Immersion experiences, funded by the college, to help students develop new skills as they explore real-world experiences in human rights and social justice and equity training.
Connect, collaborate, and act to improve our society — be a Beloit Human Rights & Social Justice Fellow.
As inaugural members of the Global Impact Fellows program, students will explore the longitudes and latitudes of language, culture, socioeconomic, and historical world references.
Beloit College’s has a long-standing tradition of welcoming students from across the globe with a focus on world perspective in and out of the classroom. It’s no surprise that our alums have gone on to work in the State Department, the United Nations, etc.
The invite-only Global Impact program cultivates this interest by connecting Fellows to campus events and activities led by faculty whose teaching covers international issues.
The ability to engage in internationalism, study abroad, and think about cross-culture issues helps Fellows learn about themselves and enriches their viewpoints to communicate and interact as global citizens.
As the number of Global Impact Fellows grows, students who regularly engage with global issues will mentor students who come behind them. Fellows will actively help build enthusiasm for talking about internationalism and globalization.
During Global Experience Seminars, three-week summer study abroad opportunities, called Fellows delve into critical global issues facing the planet, with the guidance of Beloit College faculty and staff. Last year’s students completed a “Citizenship, Migration and Belonging” project in Granada, Spain, researching marginalized people there and how that impacted their lives. In their junior years, Fellows embark on a semester or year abroad, furthering their global engagement.
Learn, explore, and grow — be a Global Impact Fellow.
The STEM Fellows Program is designed and driven by students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Fellows will have access to talented and dedicated faculty in the STEM fields.
Becoming a STEM Fellow will prepare students for upper-division applied STEM courses, as they gain experience using cutting-edge software and using technology to solve problems — all skills that will stand out on their resume. Fellows will gain problem-solving experience through participating in robotics, coding challenges, math club, and collaborative mathematical modeling.
For example, by getting involved in the Robotics Club, STEM Fellows could learn about programming, develop engineering skills, and explore mechanical systems. Fellows also get a chance to participate in national intercollegiate competitions.
Fellows will also have keycard access to computers in the Sanger Center for the Sciences, where they can explore the equipment and facilities.
Beloit students work closely with professors in the many and varied labs in the Sanger Center for the Sciences.
The real strength of the program is that it gives new students the chance to form relationships with current STEM majors through interactions in informal shared learning spaces outside the classroom.
Learn, collaborate, and create — be a STEM Fellow.
How to become a Beloit College Fellow
Beloit College applicants are automatically considered for nomination to the Beloit College Fellows program during the application review process. However, we take your interest and preference into consideration, so if you’re excited about a particular Fellows program, please let us know.
When your admissions counselor reads your application and considers nominating you for a Fellows program, they’ll be looking for both demonstrated experience and accomplishments as well as goals and aspirations for future work. Evidence can be found throughout the application — in coursework, essays, portfolios, community involvement, recommendations, and interviews — and Fellows will be nominated for a variety of reasons. If your application accurately captures your accomplishments and passions, it will also capture your fit for a Fellows program.
Many applicants to Beloit might be interested in multiple Fellows programs. A writer interested in social justice could be a fit in the Creative Writing or Human Rights & Social Justice Fellows, or a scientist interested in technology that combats climate change could be a good match for both the STEM and Global Impact Fellows. Students may only participate in one Fellows program, so please let us know which one you’re most excited about.