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ESLARP Faculty Fellowship Program


The East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students primarily in Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture that is dedicated to working with the people of East St. Louis, Illinois in improving their quality of life. ESLARP seeks to expand faculty and student participation from these teaching units in its service-learning mission. To that end, ESLARP is announcing the Faculty Fellowships program and inviting all interested faculty and teaching academic professionals to apply.

Faculty Fellowships

As many as four Faculty Fellows per academic year will receive a stipend of $1500 to incorporate an East St. Louis-based planning and design service-learning project in a course. Service learning projects in the past have dealt with neighborhood planning, affordable housing, neighborhood parks, and light rail transit and associated development. Since we wish to promote long-term associations with ESLARP, repeat and returning Faculty Fellows are encouraged. Faculty are eligible for Fellowships for two (2) consecutive semesters, and again after a four-semester gap.


Projects must be selected and executed in full collaboration with the ESLARP Executive Committee, the staff of ESLARP's Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) and a partnering community-based organization (CBO) in East St. Louis. Faculty Fellows and students will keep in close contact with their client CBO and NTAC staff to discuss project goals, progress and final outcomes. In addition, Faculty Fellows and students must participate in at least one ESLARP outreach weekend, working side-by-side with community partners on clean-up, fix-up, paint-up and other community projects. Faculty Fellows will deliver paper copies of their work products with the client CBO after publishing them on ESLARP's web site. Web publishing will be the responsibility of the class. ESLARP's Technology Specialist, Deanna Koenigs, will provide technical assistance. Travel and project materials will be covered separately by ESLARP, over and above the fellowship stipend.


Faculty Fellowship announcements will be sent to faculty and available on our website in November (or the spring semester) and June (for the fall semester). Applicants will select class projects and submit a proposal for a service-learning project with a plan for involvement, schedule of activities and a budget for expenses. Applicants may contact ESLARP Administrative Coordinator, Vicki Eddings (veddings@uiuc.edu) for more information on possible projects and clients. Applications should be received by December 1 (spring semester) or July 1 (fall semester). ESLARP's Executive Committee will select Faculty Fellows based on potential positive impact on UIUC students and community partners in East St. Louis.

Notification of Acceptance

Faculty Fellows will be individually notified and announced on our website in December and July.

Link to Past Awardees

Last modified: 12 December 2001, Deanna Koenigs