MFA fellows will work closely with MFA's education department to carry out a range of vegan advocacy work at their schools, helping inspire more students to change their diets and to care about farmed animals.
MFA fellowships include a $500 stipend and require a 40-hour commitment over the course of a semester, averaging approximately three hours per week. They provide the perfect opportunity for students to gain in-depth experience in grassroots animal advocacy, to network within the animal protection community, and to prepare themselves for future careers as animal advocates. MFA fellows will also be given priority consideration for internships, including legal internships, and paid staff positions at Mercy For Animals. Additionally, MFA fellows who perform in accordance with program expectations will be granted letters of recommendation for paid staff positions or internships at other animal protection organizations.
All MFA fellows will be provided with resource materials as well as close support and guidance from MFA's education department. They will also be connected with MFA fellows at other universities to facilitate networking and experience sharing.
MFA fellowships are currently offered on a per-semester basis at the schools listed below. Fellowships are offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across diverse fields of study, including business and law.
- Harvard University
- Columbia University
- Stanford University
- Yale University
- Brown University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dartmouth College
- Cornell University
- University of Pennsylvania
MFA fellows carry out on-campus programs such as the following:
- Conducting leafleting events
- Expanding or initiating a Meatless Monday campaign through tabling, gathering pledges, and meeting with dining directors
- Distributing Veg Guide to [Your School], a pamphlet detailing the veg-friendly food options available on and around campus
- Setting up Vegetarian Starter Guide racks around campus, including obtaining permission to display the racks
- Submitting letters to the editor and op-ed pieces to school newspapers
- Advocating through social media
- Hosting well-known speakers for on-campus lectures
- Screening films
- Participating in scheduled conference calls with MFA fellows at other universities to facilitate networking and experience sharing
- High degree of motivation, creativity, organizational skills, and detail-orientation
- Strong work ethic
- Solid communication skills, including writing skills
- Dedication to the mission and objectives of Mercy For Animals