More Information and Important Dates

To learn more, read the BrandeisNOW article about the R/C CLIF program!

Info Sessions

  • Friday, September 7, 1:00-2:00 P.M., MPR

  • Tuesday, September 25, 8:15-9:15 P.M., MPR

  • Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00-7:00 P.M., MPR

  • Wednesday, October 17, 5:30-6:30 P.M., MPR

Application Support and Budget Workshops

  • Thursday, October 4th, 5:30-7:00 P.M., SCC 315

  • Thursday, November 1st, 5:30-7:00 P.M., SCC 313

 Application Deadline

About the Fellowship

The Rich/Collins Community Leadership & Impact Fellowship (R/C CLIF) is a mini-grant program that has two central purposes:

  1. To expand Brandeis students’ engagement with and service to the greater Waltham-Boston area, and
  2. To strengthen students’ leadership capacity

Rich Collins Fellows with Mariah Rich Collins and James Collins, Donors

The R/C CLIF mini-grants will give students the opportunity to develop and implement a community impact project over one academic semester. The mini-grants, ranging from $500-$5,000 will enable students to partner with the local community, reflect upon their programs, and provide immediate support to an important cause.

The R/C CLIF will provide pre-application support, leadership training, one-on-one mentorship, and reflection sessions throughout the program as well a final symposium. The program strives to be inclusive and accessible, providing a modest stipend of $500 to a limited number of successful applicants with documented financial need.  

All R/C CLIF applicants will be expected to:

  • Research unmet community needs,
  • Develop a realistic, sustainable program or event to address a significant need,  

  • Establish a working group, or engage others as needed, to run the program during the project period,

  • Define an evaluation process and measure the impact of the initiative,  

  • Create a sustainability plan for the project’s leadership and programming,  

  • Actively participate in leadership training, and  

  • Educate the local community and Brandeis community about their cause. 

To learn more, check out our handouts about the Fellowship and the program overview.

If you have questions about the program please contact Will Brummett, the Program Coordinator for Service Initiatives at or