Kimpton Fellows Program

Lawrence A. Kimpton Fellows Program

About the Program

The Lawrence A. Kimpton Fellows Program provides employer-paid fellowships for recent graduates of the College in the career fields of their choice. These full-time, opportunities will give students the skills and experience they need to launch a fulfilling and successful career.In addition, Kimpton Fellows will be able to take advantage of mentorship opportunities and professional development seminars. The program is named in honor of Lawrence A. Kimpton, who served as chancellor of the University (the title formerly used for the University’s chief executive) from 1951-1960 and championed providing robust experiences for students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Program Benefits

The Kimpton Fellows Program offers opportunities with a highly diverse range of organizations, including for-profit companies, nonprofits, government agencies, research and philanthropic institutions, educational organizations, and social service providers. All positions are paid for by the employers and include benefits.

In addition to their fellowship opportunities, all Kimpton Fellows will participate in professional development seminars that will teach fellows how they can take advantage of their fellowship experience to pursue their long-term career goals. The nature and timing of these seminars will vary depending on the location and industry of the fellowship. All fellows will also have access to alumni mentors who are currently working in their field of interest.


Students graduating at the end of Autumn Quarter 2019, Winter Quarter 2020, or Spring Quarter 2020 are eligible for the program. The program serves students of all majors and career interests. Employers may set additional eligibility criteria for particular opportunities.

Application Process

The 2020-21 Kimpton Fellows Program Application first round opens in October with an application opening on Handshake on October 14th.   . 

There are three  rounds of applications: first-round applications are due on November 1st; second-round applications are due on January 12; third-round applications are due on March 23. Please note that there is no inherent advantage or disadvantage to applying during the first vs. the second or third round. We use three application deadlines to accommodate employers who may have job postings ready to go prior to the new year. Of note, a student can apply more than once to the program.

Program Deadlines

  • There are three application deadlines:
    • First-round applicants must submit applications by 11:59pm CDT on November 1st, 2019.
      • Accepted early-round applicants will be notified by 5:00pm CDT on November 12, 2019.
    • The second round of applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CDT on January 12, 2020.
    • Accepted candidates will be notified by 5:00 p.m. CDT on January 25, 2020.
  • The first round of opportunities will be posted to the Kimpton job board by Mid-November.
  • The second round of opportunities will be posted to the Kimpton job board by late January.
  • Fellows are welcomed to the Fellowship program and may begin connecting with mentors in September.

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required to apply to the Kimpton Fellows Program?
More than just a selection tool, our application serves as a way for us to get to know the goals, interests, and skills of accepted Fellows. As a result, the only required material in addition to the Kimpton Fellows Program application is a resume, which applicants can attach to their application when they apply.

How do Fellows apply to fellowship opportunities?
All Kimpton Fellowship opportunities will be posted in UChicago Handshake. Accepted Fellows are welcome to apply to any fellowships that interest them. All accepted Fellows will be required to submit a resume and cover letter for each fellowship to which they apply. Additional application materials may be required; applicants should read the job descriptions carefully.

How does the hiring process work?
Once fellowship applications are complete, candidates for each position are forwarded to the appropriate organization, and the organization reviews applications and works directly with candidates on next steps in the interview and hiring process. Once the list of candidates is finalized, the organization conducts its own interview and hiring process. This process continues throughout the spring and summer.

When do fellowships begin?
Though exact start dates are determined by employers and Fellows during the hiring process, fellowships typically begin between June and September following graduation.

What happens when the fellowship ends?
The Kimpton Fellows Program is versatile and can serve a wide range of goals, timelines, and needs. In the past, over 60% of Fellows have remained with their employers beyond their fellowship year, but the program is also a great opportunity for students interested in shorter-term substantive experience.


For more information about the Kimpton Fellows Program, please contact Andrianna Kurzenberger at