UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR FALL 2023!
Too often, the demands of college life crowd out the most important questions of how to live and what the human journey is all about.
The Undergraduate Fellows Program at the Austin Institute accompanies undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Austin in their development and growth as fully-formed adults. Our program is designed for non-conforming students who want to ask bigger questions—students who know there should be more to college than preparing for a job and more to life than work and screen time.
"The Austin Institute has been solid intellectual ground amidst the turbulent waters of day-to-day college life. The companionship I have found here has been embracing, stimulating, and edifying. The quality of conversations and character at the Institute is unmatched—I am truly lucky to have found it."
Hannah, University of Texas, Undergraduate Fellow
WHO CAN APPLY?
The program is open to undergraduate students in any field or major currently enrolled in a higher education institution in Austin.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fellows convene monthly throughout the academic year to participate in discussion groups, meet with visiting speakers, and receive mentorship from the Austin Institute’s affiliated members. Each year also includes at least one overnight retreat. To guide students in pursuing deep questions, most sessions are based on reading classic literature and philosophy texts.
Why Beauty Matters
Technology: For Or Against Us?
Romantic Relationships: Love and Restraint, Dating, Marriage and Divorce
UFP Welcome Retreat: Our Search For Meaning
Mentorship is an indispensable element of the educational project, which aims at the integral formation of students. By providing mentorship to the students, the Undergraduate Fellows Program facilitates the discovery of horizons beyond the strictly academic: cultural life, sports, solidarity, and personal development.
TWO-YEAR FORMATION TRACK
• Building the broader foundations of a good life and meaningful existence.
• Fostering healthy human relationships.
• Understanding the deeper meaning of work.
• Engaging in civic and political discourse and action.
• Going beyond the individual self, participation as community members.