The 2018 Kilpatrick Fellowship Program (open to Bennington College seniors)

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College’s Kilpatrick Fellowship Program is rooted in the enduring belief that from an education informed by one’s own interests and ambitions, driven by passion and creativity, and steered with courage, purpose, and responsibility, one emerges equipped and inspired to impact places and matters of great personal and public importance, and to engage fully in the lifelong pursuit of learning. This program, which appoints members of the graduating class to key areas of the College’s administration, is an affirmation of Bennington’s founding ideals, an expression of confidence in the capacities of those who have embraced them, and a mechanism to engage and further cultivate those capacities for the mutual benefit of the institution and the fellow.

The Fellowships

Fellowships vary year to year and are offered in key administrative offices across the College depending on the needs of the institution. Fellows are called to take active roles within their departments, contributing to the advancement of the College’s manifold administrative objectives, as well as to its long-standing institutional mission. Fellows receive one-year, full-time, paid appointments, which begin July 1 following their graduation year. Though fellowships are one-year appointments, due to project demands of selected offices, in some cases supervisors may extend an offer to a fellow midway through their first year to continue in the fellowship for a second year. (Please note that due to visa restrictions, international students are not eligible to serve as Kilpatrick Fellows for more than a single year.)

Kilpatrick Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year will be assigned to the following offices:

Admissions: The fellow leads recruitment and admissions activities for a specific geographic area, including travel to meet prospective students and evaluation of applications. The fellow assists in developing a curriculum that deepens interns’ capacities to articulate their Bennington experience to those less familiar with the College--in person, online, on the phone, and through email correspondence. Social media experience is preferred. (Open for 2018-2019 academic year.)

Office of the President: The fellow acts as an important aide to the president by conducting a variety of research and writing projects aimed at advancing executive needs. The majority of projects require compiling, analyzing, and synthesizing data, verbally and in writing, towards briefing the president on key partners, strategic initiatives, local and College community needs, and emerging higher education trends. The fellow also support the larger President's Office team, including preparation for and coordination of Board of Trustee meetings with the senior vice president for institutional initiatives; research and outreach for the senior vice president for strategic partnerships; as well as diplomatic frontline coverage of a busy office, interfacing with a wide range of internal and external constituents. The fellow will gain experience tackling assigned projects from various angles, considering community relations, mission-driven prioritization, resource allocation, as well as regional, national, and global influences on institutional decision-making. (Open for 2018-2019 academic year.)

Institutional Advancement/Alumni Relations: The fellow is a key member of the Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement team and is exposed to all aspects of advancement and constituent relations efforts. The fellow participates in advancing and expanding alumni engagement with the College, including: planning and promotion of on- and off-campus alumni events, social media outreach, and organizing the student gift campaign. The position includes writing and research projects and offers fellows an opportunity to learn Raiser’s Edge, a leading relationship management software and database. (Filled by current incumbent so closed for the 2018-2019 academic year)


The Kilpatrick Fellowship is named in honor of William Heard Kilpatrick, a central figure in the founding of the College and a leading voice for progressive education in America. Among his pioneering ideas for Bennington was the formation of an endowed fellowship for the study of higher education, in which “the appointee would be expected to take for study some phase of the work or administration of Bennington College.“ Kilpatrick referred to his proposal as “a provision for keeping up-to-date.” The Kilpatrick Fellowship Program honors the spirit of this ambition.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following to Human Resources by April 18, 2018:

  • Personal statement reflecting on what you bring to the Kilpatrick Fellowship and to a department, what you hope to gain from the experience, and how you imagine drawing on the experience in your work beyond Bennington
  • Resume
  • Letter of recommendation

A selection committee reviews applications, selects and interviews finalists, and recommends candidates for appointment. The strength of candidates’ academic work and contributions to the Bennington community are considered among their other qualifications. Interviews will begin the week of April 23, 2018 and selected candidates will be announced in early May, 2018.

For More Information

Please contact Human Resources,