Apply to Be a Trinity Fellow — Urban Leaders with a Commitment to Social and Economic Justice 

Oct 30, 2020 • Views -

Sponsored by Marquette University

The Trinity Fellowship was created at Marquette University and reflects the university’s mission to promote a life of faith and to develop leadership in service to others. Marquette is a Catholic, Jesuit university in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Trinity Fellows work to promote social and economic justice while earning a master’s degree in the academic field of their choice. 

Trinity Fellows complete a master’s degree in 21 months while serving in substantial, meaningful roles within a nonprofit or public organization for the entirety of their fellowship. Fellows are selected based on their academic achievement, passion for service and social justice, and leadership. Fellows are a part of an interdisciplinary cohort of 12 people which enhances the understanding and application of complex issues faced in the classroom and the field. All of which prepares them to be the difference in their communities.

If you are interested in the Trinity Fellows Program, visit our website. To schedule a campus visit, sign up here.


Fellows receive a full-tuition scholarship, monthly stipend, and nonprofit work placement. Fellows participate in personal and professional reflection and professional development opportunities. Additionally, Fellows take three core courses with their cohort, focused on current trends in the nonprofit sector, the nature of cities and public policy, and social justice/social activism, and join the network of over 190 Trinity Fellows alumni around the world.

Academic Programs

Trinity Fellows earn a master’s degree in one of the following programs:

  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
  • Communication
  • Corporate Communication
  • Criminal Justice Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Educational Policy and Leadership
  • English
  • History
  • International Affairs
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Service
  • Theology

Hands-On Experience

In addition to full-time studies, fellows work on substantive projects designed by selected nonprofit organizations in Milwaukee. Fellows work at their agency-based graduate assistantships for the length of the fellowship; 18 hours per week during the two academic years and 40 hours per week during the summer between academic years. Agency partners have included neighborhood centers, arts & cultural institutions, youth-serving agencies, schools, family & community foundations, economic development organizations, and health agencies. 

Learn more about Trinity Fellows placements.

Our Fellows Are Changing the World

Trinity Fellows become leaders in the classroom and in the field. Their academic and professional training combines innovation with a social justice framework, making them highly sought-after in the workplace. 

From Peace Corps to Graduate School. Taylor’s journey to Marquette and Trinity Fellows helped her to create a purpose. Learn more about Taylor’s journey.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be admitted to a Marquette University master’s degree program. Additionally, applicants are asked to submit the following: 

  • Resume  
  • Letters of Recommendation (2 Service/Professional, 2 Academic)
  • Essay responses

Admissions Process

  • Application to your master’s program must be complete no later than January 15, 2021.
  • Fellowship finalists will be contacted by late February for interviews. 
  • Fellowship awardees and alternates are notified in mid-March.
  • Awards must be accepted by April 15, 2021. 
  • Work placements for Fellows are confirmed through a matching process in May.


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