Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program
100% Graduate Tuition Waiver for those with development experience (including full-time AmeriCorps Members)
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Stevenson Center’s ACED Fellows Program
Through coursework and field work, the ACED Fellows Program at Illinois State University enhances the skills of experienced students working to become the new generation of development specialists.
Our distinctive program requires ACED Fellows to have at least one year of full-time experience in community development or social services or the equivalent (1,700 hours)—as either a paid professional or a volunteer—prior to starting classes. Service with AmeriCorps programs like City Year and Teach For America counts towards this requirement. Compulsory (e.g., government-mandated) service is not sufficient.
Fellows complete one calendar year of full-time coursework and 11 months of hands-on
with communities or organizations needing the skills and expertise our students possess.
Stevenson Center alumni go on to work in a wide variety of leadership roles in nonprofits and in local, state, and federal government. The combination of training, research, and hands-on experience positions our students to be uniquely competitive in the job market.
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