Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship

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The Wisconsin Idea is the belief that the education and research at UW-Madison should be used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders. Our knowledge and expertise should be used to serve the state, the country and the world.

The Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship (WOECF) is designed to embody the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea. The WOECF provides resources to support UW-Madison undergraduate student projects aimed at public engagement in a Wisconsin community to which the student has a personal connection. The WOECF complements UW-Madison’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which in 2015 bring six free and open online courses to communities around the state and beyond. Click here to learn more about MOOCs and read detailed course descriptions.


Summer 2016 applications are now closed.


Fellowship Benefits

The WOECF provides students a funded opportunity to gain unique experiences outside the classroom, explore current and future academic possibilities, enrich a resume, and more, all while giving back to Wisconsin communities. In other words, the fellowship is an excellent time for students to participate in civic engagement while exploring academic topics and practical skills. Students should therefore consider applying if they are interested in one or more of the following:

  • Exploring content related to a specific major or program
  • Gaining research or entrepreneurial experience
  • Strengthening a resume
  • Potentially attending graduate school
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Giving back to a Wisconsin community


Fellowship Requirements

Fellows must sign up for and participate in one of the six MOOCs being offered in 2015. Applicants’ WOECF proposals must also demonstrate how they intend to engage a Wisconsin community around one of the six MOOC topic areas, which include:

  1. The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation
  2. Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region
  3. Shakespeare in Community
  4. Energy and the Earth
  5. Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar
  6. Climate Change Policy and Public Health


Note that some MOOCs may not be available during the WOECF application period. If you are unable to sign up for or view materials from one or more MOOCs you are interested in while preparing your application, please contact EI Communication Coordinator Lika Balenovich (lika.balenovich@wisc.edu) for assistance. Please include the specific name of the MOOC (provided above) you are interested in.

Fellowships will occur during the summer months of 2016, with the option to pursue an additional for-credit, directed research study during the fall 2016 semester. Active community engagement must occur during summer 2016 in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member. Fellows must also submit a project deliverable to their community partner and a summary report or presentation to the Morgridge Center for Public Service no later than August 25, 2016.


This program is co-sponsored by the Morgridge Center for Public Service, Division of Continuing Studies and Educational Innovation.