The CTP Fellowship is awarded to students from each of Vanderbilt University’s participating professional schools, with the purpose of supporting their leadership development. In exchange for their participation, fellows receive the benefits of collaboration, experience and education, as well as a CTP leadership certificate and a $1000 stipend, paid in two installments in December and May.
The requirements for the Fellowship include the following:
CTP Fellows are required to participate in the Leadership Laboratory, which provides them with an opportunity to employ their leadership skills in a nonprofit setting in Nashville. The Fellows are divided into interprofessional teams that work with Community Partners throughout the academic year. These teams are expected to provide leadership and consultation rather than simply volunteer hours. Their purpose is to help Community Partners make progress on adaptive challenges requiring more than technical expertise.
The components of this laboratory include the following:
Partner Engagement Meetings:
Each team will meet with their Community Partners to discuss further what it means to be a non-profit in Nashville; spend time with the communities they serve; and assess, identify and think through a challenge the Community Partner faces. In this way, the Fellows serve as students of and consultants to their partners. The goal is for the Fellows Team to provide 30 hours of service total during the academic year to their Community Partner, which may include direct service, event attendance and research on their own time. Fellows Teams and their Community Partners should designate their schedule for the year at their first Partner Engagement session.
Each team will write and present a three-to-five page case study about the challenge they have chosen to address with their Community Partners. The CTP will provide instruction on how to write these case studies. Sample case studies are provided in the side bar above.
At luncheons scheduled throughout the academic year, the Fellows Teams will present their case studies. The other fellows will act as peer-to-peer coaches and discuss the case study. Community Partners will be invited to provide their support and fellowship as well. In addition, fellows will gather for mid-year and end-of-year celebrations.
Final Report & Reflection Papers:
Each team will write a one-to-three page report on their experience including any resolutions to the challenge they addressed. This report will be submitted to their Community Partner at the closing dinner in April. More information about what to include in this report will be provided by the CTP. Finally, each fellow will write a 1-2 page reflection paper on how the fellowship has influenced their personal and professional development.
CTP Fellows also serve as liaisons between the CTP and their professional schools. They act as ambassadors representing the program to other students and faculty in their schools, increasing CTP’s presence and impact on campus. And they provide feedback and advice to CTP staff in order to build a better program that can meet their schools’ needs most effectively.