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Marci McPhee
Associate Director
International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
MS 086
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
781-736-8577
ethics@brandeis.edu

Criteria and Guidelines

Individuals appointed as a Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life will be active in American public life and will have a record of accomplishments and contributions that have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens to realize and share the promise of the United States.

Richman Fellows are expected to spend two to three days on campus meeting with students and faculty, and participating in other appropriate activities such as public talks, interviews and class discussions.  

In order to be considered for appointment as the Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life candidates must be formally nominated. Self nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be submitted in writing or by using the online nomination form; they should not exceed 1,000 words.

Nominations must include:

  • the nominator's name, current affiliation and contact information
  • a narrative explanation of the rationale for the nominee’s selection

Nominations must be received by March 1 for candidates to be considered for appointment as the Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life during the academic year immediately following. 

If mailing your nomination, send to:

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Committee
Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS 086
Waltham, MA 02453

You may also complete the online nomination form for the Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life.