Senior Fellows Program

Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics

The Senior Fellows Program is open to returning high school students who have completed the Gustavus Academy Fellows Program at least once and have not yet started their college or university education. Graduating seniors are eligible. The program includes training and leadership development with the Academy Mentors and Leadership Team the week before the Summer Academy. Senior Fellows will assist the mentors in leading various aspects of the Summer Academy and will be invited to attend the Nobel Conference in October 2018. 


The 2018 Academy Program Land and Identity: How our Food and Microbiomes Change Who We Are includes these components:
  • July 9-13, 2018 - Senior Fellow Training and Leadership Development with Academy Mentors at Gustavus (required)
  • July 14-20, 2018 - Summer Academy at Gustavus Adolphus College (required)
  • October 2018 - Nobel Conference 54: Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot at Gustavus Adolphus College (optional)


  • Advanced Reading - June/July (at home)
  • Training and Leadership Development with Academy Mentors at Gustavus - July 9-13, 2018 
  • Participation in the Summer Academy as a Senior Fellow - July 14-20, 2018 
  • Program Evaluation - July 21, 2018

Cost: $300, includes housing, food, and program participation while in residence at Gustavus Adolphus College July 9-21, 2018.

To Apply:


Please respond to the following questions. Write your responses in a Google Doc, Word file, or PDF and send it as an email attachment to the Academy Director, Chaplain Siri Erickson, Please do not write your application in the body of the email.

  1. Why do you want to participate in the Gustavus Academy Senior Fellows Program?
  2. What leadership qualities do you have, and how would you contribute to making the Summer Academy a great experience for all participants?
  3. Describe what motivates your commitment to working hard and giving your full effort and energy to this program.

Senior Fellows Program applications accepted: Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance: On or before Feb. 23, 2018
Registration deadline: March 6, 2018