SBS Academic Fellows Program

Tenzin Thargay, Academic Fellow and winner of the 2016 Salute to Service Award

The Academic Fellows Program (AFP) is designed to provide specialized opportunities and programs for first generation and ALANA undergraduate students in the UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.  The program expresses our College's commitment to diversity and to providing a supportive community so that students can better develop their academic and leadership potential.  

Programs available to enrolled AFP students include:

  • Networking events with first-gen and ALANA faculty and alumnae
  • Peer and graduate student mentoring
  • Midterm & Finals Bootcamps
  • Career & Professional Development
  • Research, internship, and travel abroad programs
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Community service opportunities
  • Social events
  • Orientation & Summer Programs

Program Commitment

Events are spread out throughout the Academic Year and summer. Fellows participate in programs of their own choosing and to the extent they are able.

There are three scheduled AFP General Membership meetings plus other AFP-focused events each semester.  Fellows are invited to lead and implement programming.  They also have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion at the end of each semester for their work and by attending at least six SBS Academic Fellows endorsed events (certificate completion is not necessary to be part of the program).  

Interested or would like more information? Please contact Angélica Maria Bernal Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Academic Fellows Program.

Angélica Bernal (email)
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Academic Fellows Program