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 CTP Fellowship include the following:
CTP Fellows are required to participate in a Leadership Retreat held at the beginning of the academic year. During this weekend event, Fellows will explore issues of professionalism, leadership and ethics through a series of workshops and guided conversations. Readings will be supplied before the retreat in order to best prepare us for thoughtful discussion. This year’s retreat will be held on September 11-13, 2015, at Evins Mill in Smithville, TN (http://www.evinsmill.com). Students will be housed two to a room, with a fellow from a different discipline, and lodging and food will be provided by the Cal Turner Program. The retreat is a non-negotiable requirement; do not accept the Fellowship if you cannot attend this weekend.
CTP Fellows employ their leadership skills by working on inter-professional teams with local nonprofits. These nonprofits serve as our Community Partners for the academic year. Each Fellows Team will meet at least twice a semester with their Community Partner to strategize and implement a plan for addressing a specific challenge faced by the nonprofit. 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.
In addition to time spent in service to their Community Partners, Fellows are also required to participate in lunch meetings throughout the academic year, and to complete assignments designed to develop their leadership capacities and ethical awareness. Participation in an online forum for collaboration will be encouraged. During the fall semester, CTP staff and Fellows will discuss the challenges they are facing, and learn together about moral leadership. During the spring semester, each Fellows team will present a 20-minute Case Study to the rest of the Fellows and their Community Partner at a lunch event. Finally, at the end of the semester, each Fellow will write a Reflective Essay on their overall experience in the CTP Fellowship. Please note that meetings and assignments are not included in the 30 hours of service, but include an additional time investment by the Fellows, adding up to at least 50 hours of time invested in the CTP Fellowship (not including the retreat weekend).
CTP Fellows are asked to serve as liaisons between the CTP and their professional schools. They are to serve as ambassadors representing the program to other students and faculty in their schools, increasing CTP’s presence and impact on campus. Further, they are to provide feedback and advice to CTP staff in order to build a better program that can meet their schools’ needs most effectively.