Rich/Collins CLIF Informational Sessions

Fall 2018 dates to be announced soon!

Read the most recent BrandeisNOW article about the R/C CLIF program!

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

The R/C CLIF mini-grants will give students the opportunity to develop and implement a community impact project over one academic year. 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 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 our community about their cause. 

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