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History of the Eagleton Fellowship Program

The Eagleton Fellowship Program was one of the first activities undertaken by the Institute after it was established in 1956 with an endowment from Florence Peshine Eagleton, who required that the funds be used:
for the advancement of learning in the field of practical political affairs and government [so] that a knowledge of the meaning of democracy may be increased through the education of young women and men in democratic government.

Eagleton's will went on to say:
It is my settled conviction that the cultivation of civic responsibility and leadership among the American people in the field of practical political affairs is of vital and increasing importance to our state and nation .... I make this gift especially for the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems.

In this spirit, the Institute has become a center of learning and inquiry about politics where attention and interest focus on how contemporary political systems work, how they change, and how they might work better. Through research, education and public service programs, Eagleton links the study of politics with its day-to-day practice.

Over the years, the Eagleton Fellowship Program has developed and changed, but its vision, mission and values have remained constant. Students in the program have studied politics and policymaking, with some choosing careers in public affairs and others applying their sophisticated knowledge of government and politics in the private and non-profit sectors or in education.

Since 2000, the Eagleton Fellowship Program has been open to graduate students from all departments and schools on any of Rutgers’ three campuses as long as they have an interest in politics and government. The program provides students the opportunity to further their understanding of the practice of politics and public affairs and to connect their knowledge to their chosen field of study through a specially designed course, internship and direct access to visiting practitioners. Up to 27 Fellowships are awarded annually through four related programs: Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowships, Governor’s Executive Fellowships, Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships, and an Alumni Fellowship.

Eagleton Fellowships expose students to the art of politics and governing and to multiple aspects of public policy-making while also providing meaningful assistance to government. All Fellows take one of two specially designed seminars in the fall to prepare them for a placement in a government agency or office. The placements are assigned in coordination with the student and run for 15-hours-a-week during the spring semester.

Henry J. Raimondo Fellowship Program
The Raimondo Fellowship program was established in 2000 to honor the memory of Henry J. Raimondo (1947-1999) who served as associate director and professor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. The one-year program provides a unique opportunity to eight graduate students to learn about and assist the New Jersey Legislature. Raimondo Fellows begin the program in the fall semester by studying the state legislative process in a graduate course on legislative policy-making. Students' placements in the legislature begin in January, with four serving in the Office of Legislative Services and one each in the Assembly and Senate majority and minority offices. The program is supported by the New Jersey Legislature and Rutgers University.

Raimondo Fellows have come from a variety of schools and departments across the University including the Departments of Economics, History and Public Administration at Camden and Newark, School of Communication, Information and Libraries Studies, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers Business School, Graduate Schools of Education and Social Work and the Schools of Law at Camden and Newark.

View Raimondo Legislative Fellows alumni list here.

Governor’s Executive Fellowship Program
The Governor’s Executive Fellowship Program, established in 2003, is supported by Eagleton and the New Jersey Governor’s Office. These twelve Fellows are placed in a New Jersey state agency or the Governor’s Office. Governor’s Executive Fellows have served in a wide variety of agencies including the Departments of Children and Families, Corrections, Community Affairs, Education, Environmental Protection, Health and Senior Services, Human Services, Law and Public Safety, Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs, Offices of the Attorney General, Child Advocate, Inspector General, Management and Budget, Public Advocate, and Smart Growth in addition to the Board of Public Utilities, Delaware River Port Authority, Economic Development Authority, Port Authority of NY and NJ, numerous state commissions and committees and the Governor’s Office.

Governor’s Executive Fellows have come from Departments of Agricultural, Atmospheric Science, Food and Resource Economics, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Music, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies; the Schools of Applied and Professional Psychology, Arts and Sciences at Camden, Business, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Public Affairs and Administration, Social Work; the Bloustein School of Public Policy; and the Schools of Law at both Camden and Newark.

View Governor's Executive Fellows alumni listing here.

Harold and Reba Martion Fellowships and Alumni Fellowship (Government)
The Eagleton Institute awards seven Government Fellowships annually to Rutgers graduate students – six Harold and Reba Martin Fellowships and one Eagleton Alumni Fellowship. Placements for Government Fellows are less restricted than for the other two programs. Options might include a regional federal agency, the office of a U.S. Senator, the office of a mayor of a major city; or a political organization suggested by the student applying for the fellowship.

Eagleton has been awarding Harold and Reba Martin fellowships since 1981 when the former Bergen County Assemblyman and his wife made a generous donation to the Institute. The Alumni fellowship is made possible by contributions from Eagleton's alumni and other friends.

Between 1957 and 1994, the program was conducted in partnership with the Department of Political Science in New Brunswick, and more than 500 graduates earned an M.A. in political science. Between 1995 and 2000, the program was administered as a collaboration of the Eagleton Institute and the Department of Public Policy at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, with 78 graduates earning an M.S. degree in public policy.

View Eagleton Fellows alumni list here.

Establishment of Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program

The Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program began in 1974 and is the second oldest educational program of the Institute. The one and one-half year program is a cooperative educational endeavor between the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Department of Political Science which provides top political science students from Rutgers' various undergraduate colleges with a unique educational experience. The Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program offers an opportunity for a select group of students, most of whom are political science majors, to study the practical applications of political science. Undergraduate Associates are exposed to the practice of politics through their participation in a series of seminars and courses focusing on American politics and public policy, a supervised internship, and a series of informal sessions with governmental officials and political practitioners.

The Eagleton Undergraduate Associates Program highlights practical politics, interactive instruction, experiential learning, and critical engagement between the theory and practice of politics. Through the program, undergraduate students are given an opportunity to engage with other high achieving students around common interests in American politics, and the Eagleton experience creates a sense of community and identification among students.

Thus far, there have been 35 classes of Eagleton Undergraduate Associates, beginning with the class of 1975, totaling 734 men and women.

View Undergraduate Associates alumni list here.