Rich/Collins Community Leadership and Impact Fellowship

Rich Collins Fellows

Rich Collins Fellows, from left, are Gabriel Sol Fontes, Lucy Wingard, Marleny Nunez, Alejandra Bonilla, Melissa Nicolas, Ariella Levisohn, and Ryan Shaffer.

The Rich/Collins Community Leadership and 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 semester. The mini-grants, ranging from $500-$4,000 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 prize stipend of $600 to all fellows selected. 


All R/C CLIF applicants will be expected to:

If you have questions about the program please contact Samantha de Melim, the Community Service Specialist or