Thank you for your interest in the Beyond the Bars Fellowship. The Beyond the Bars Fellowship is a certificate-based program through the Center for Justice at Columbia University that offers interdisciplinary leadership to develop and deepen identity, analysis, skills and networks towards ending mass criminalization, incarceration and to create a more just and safe world.
The Fellowship holds space for a balance of students, community members and formerly incarcerated and directly impacted people. The Fellowship will meet weekly for approximately eight months. Through seminars, workshops and guest lecturers, Fellows explore their own experiences in the movement as they work toward social change and gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the criminal legal system. They are introduced to various models of social change including community organizing, legislative advocacy, communications as well as approaches to interpersonal and political transformation like restorative and transformative justice.
Additionally, Fellows identify advocacy issues and existing organizing efforts for social and political change and then work in small groups to further support these efforts. The primary goal is to support Fellows in finding their place in the movement, while offering knowledge, skills, experience and community to sustain their work.
This Fellowship is for people based in the greater New York City area and will meet in person at Columbia University in the School of Social Work. In the event of any changes, we will follow the COVID-19 protocols taken by the university.
Application Dates 2022
- July 26th- Application Period Opens
- August 12th- Application Period Closes
- August 22th – September 2nd – Group Interviews
- September 12th – Accepted Applicants are Notified
- October 4th- Fellowship starts