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Donovan Fellowships

The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship is named in honor of Jean Donovan, an American woman who lived, worked, and died in solidarity with the impoverished and oppressed of El Salvador in the 1980s. The Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship is designed to encourage and support undergraduate students who desire to deepen their understanding of social justice issues through a summer community-based learning experience of 5-7 weeks. The Fellowship provides $2,000 in grant funding to recipients who work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit organization locally, domestically, or abroad. All undergraduate students who will be returning to Santa Clara University for the following year are eligible. The grant is intended to help cover costs for the summer experience, such as travel, lodging, and program costs. It may also be used as a stipend for students who engage in unpaid work in the community closer to home. It may not be used toward formal study abroad programs.

The Jean Donovan Fellowship offers undergraduates a high-impact community-based experience rooted in the Ignatian Center's mission of a Faith that does Justice. Fellows work with organizations in communities with little access to wealth, power and privilege in the US and internationally. Fellows deepen their understanding of solidarity and vocation through pre-and post-experience gatherings that engage students in reflective practices informed by Ignatian Spirituality.

Application Deadline - Wednesday February 15, 2017 3:00pm

Fellowship Notification – Monday, March 8, 2017

Deadline for Acceptance of Fellowship – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Please direct any questions to the Director of Immersions link to immersions@scu.edu

Eligibility - Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply. Students that have not participated in previous summer Fellowships will be given priority over students that have participated in Summer Fellowships such as the Global Fellows and Global Social Benefit Fellows program.

  • Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice. By the time of application applicants should be in contact with desired placement to discuss plans for Fellowship experience. For assistance with this process refer to: (please make pages for these resources).
  • Helpful Hints
  • Community-based organizations resources
  • Fellows and Projects

For additional information. Fellows seeking support with this process should contact the Director of Immersions- immersions@scu.edu

  • Due to safety and other risk management concerns, Donovan Fellows are unable to work in countries where a Travel Warning has been issued by the US State Department. Please refer to the US Department of State website to see whether the country in which you are planning on working has a Travel Warning in effect.
  • Santa Clara undergraduate students in good academic and behavioral standing who will be returning to campus during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply for the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship. Students studying abroad for 1 quarter or semester during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply. Students that have not participated in previous summer Fellowships will be given priority over students that have participated in Summer Fellowships such as the Global Fellows and Global Social Benefit Fellows program.
  • Applicants are responsible for contacting and applying to work with a non-profit community-based organization of their choice. By the time of application applicants should be in contact with desired placement to discuss plans for Fellowship experience. Refer to Helpful Hints, Program Placement Resources, and Example Projects for additional information. Fellows seeking support with this process should contact the JDF Program Director at immersions@scu.edu.
  • Due to safety and other risk management concerns, Donovan Fellows are unable to work in countries where a Travel Warning has been issued by the US State Department. Please refer to the US Department of State website to see whether the country in which you are planning on working has a Travel Warning in effect.
  • Donovan Fellows are expected to work a minimum of 30 hours/week with a non-profit community-based organization locally, domestically or abroad for 5-7 weeks during summer 2017. Donovan Fellows are unable to receive monetary compensation from the organization for their work (without special approval from the Director of Immersions.)
  • Donovan Fellows receive a stipend of $2000. Of these funds $1500 is awarded in spring 2017 and the remaining funds will be awarded in fall 2017 after all Fellows have submitted reflection responses and fully participated in the retreat. This award may be used to cover transportation, lodging, and program costs. It may also be used as a stipend for students who engage in unpaid work in the community closer to home. It may not be used toward formal study abroad programs.

 

  • Donovan Fellows participate in 4 meetings (1.5 hr./mtg.) during the spring quarter. Meeting dates/times TBD.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in a weekend retreat to discuss and reflect upon their summer experiences during the fall quarter – September 22-24, 2017. Donovan Fellows that will study abroad in the fall quarter will have an abbreviated opportunity for reflection in winter quarter 2018.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in 2- 3 additional meetings during the fall quarter 2017.
  • Donovan Fellows participate in selection process and preparation process for the following year's recipients in Winter and Spring quarters 2018.

Laurie Laird was instrumental in implementation of the Jean Donovan Fellowship when it was created in 2000 through a gift from the Jesuit Community and leadership from Catherine Wolff. She is the Director of the Moreau Center at  University of Portland and previously served as the Associate Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest. She leaves behind a great legacy through her leadership at the Ignatian Center and her contributions in the field of community-based learning. Through Laurie's leadership the structure for the Fellowship includes a comprehensive preparation process and post-experience retreat. There have been over 150 Fellows who have served throughout the world since the Fellowship was created. Many of these Fellows have considered Laurie as a mentor to them on their journey to live more fully into the Ignatian values of solidarity, simplicity and compassion.  In 2013 Laurie relocated to Portland, Oregon. She is the Director of University of Portland Moreau’s Center and previously served as the Associate Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest. She leaves behind a great legacy through her leadership at the Ignatian Center and her contributions in the field of community-based learning. Each year a Jean Donovan Fellow seeking to work on issues related to food justice, women in the developing world or with local organizations will be selected in honor of Laurie. This Fellow will have the opportunity to share his/her proposal and to meet with Laurie. Gifts to this Fellowship should be directed to the Ignatian Center's Laurie Laird Jean Donovan Fellowship.

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Childhood Promise

Jean Donovan Fellow Sergio Olmedo-Ramirez writes of returning to his hometown in Puebla, Mexico

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Sri in Pune: Reflections of a Jean Donovan Fellow

Srisruthi Ramesh reflects during her time as a Jean Donovan Fellow in Pune, India

    Summer 2017 Jean Donovan Fellows 

    The Ignatian Center is proud to introduce the 15 recipients of the 2017 Jean Donovan Fellowship.
     
    This year's cohort will be engaging with communities in four states and seven countries. Selected host-organizations focus on social justice issues ranging from healthcare to immigration. We congratulate this year's group of Fellows, and are excited to engage deeper with them and support their engagement outside of the classroom.
     

    Summer 2016 Fellows

    Alejandra

    Budar

    Child and Family Health International, Bolivia

    Marlene

    Cerritos-Rivas

    Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, New Bedford, MA

    Andrew (Drew)

    Descourouez

    Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Soweto, South Africa

    Julie

    Dinh

    Kinh Luan School, Vietnam

    Saron

    Goitom

    Miracle Babies, San Diego, California

    Audrey

    Gozali

    Amartya and Agua Sustenable, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Elleni

    Hailu

    Walta Maternal and Child Health Care Organization, Ethiopia

    Rani

    Hanstad

    National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Oakland, California

    Maggie

    May

    Resilient Families Program -SCU | San Jose, California

    Athena

    Nguyen

    Maximo Nive, Cusco, Perul

    Isaac

    Nieblas

    Cali-Immigration, Santa Clara, California

    Srisruthi

    Ramesh

    Equal Community Foundation Pune, India

    Meheret

    Semma

    SOS Children's Village - Nigssie Eshetie Village, Ethiopia

    Thelma

    Valadez

    Thriving Neighbors Initiative - SCU | San Jose, California

    Kassamira

    Carter-Howard

    US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC

    Sergio

    Olmedo-Ramirez

    CIESED, Mexico, Puebla, Mexico

    Abalimi

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Vive Peru

    Peru

    Lavinia Browne Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

    Masiphumelele, South Africa

    Commonweal Magazine

    New York City, NY

    Connect-123

    Cape Town, South Africa

    International Volunteer HQ

    Uganda

    The Telling Room

    Portland, Maine

    St. Raphael's Roman Catholic School

    Cape Town, South Africa

    YWCA of Bangalore

    Bangalore, India

    The Mountain Volunteer/Her Farm Email

    Nepal

    Center for Employment Training-Immigration and Citizenship Program

    San Jose, CA

    Projects Abroad

    Cusco, Peru

    Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center

    Portland, OR

    Nomi Network

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Narayan Seva Children's Home

    Bali, Indonesia

     

     

    Application now closed

    Summer 2018 applications will open in the Fall of 2017.

    Additional Links

    Fellows and Projects

    Community-based organizations resources

    Contact Information

    immersions@scu.edu

    Donovan Listening Companions