The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement for their remaining time at the Capstone.

Upon graduation, participants earn recognition as Blackburn Fellows and begin their work through professional and civic involvement in their home communities and throughout the state, both individually and through the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN). Supported by an Advisory Board of established leaders committed to the state of Alabama, the Blackburn Institute promotes change through an intergenerational network that learns from the past, takes action in the present, and plans for the future.

Nominations open Nov. 14

Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the university’s faculty or staff, Blackburn Fellows (alumni), Students, or Advisory Board members. Nominations open November 14, 2017 and close January 18, 2018.

Information Sessions

Come learn the nomination and selection process for the 2018 class of Blackburn students. A brief presentation will cover the Blackburn Institute's vision, mission, and values; curriculum; and program requirements.

Upcoming Events

Jan 09

Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

January 9, 2018,8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Jan 11

Protective Life Montgomery Experience

January 11, 2018,3:00 pm - January 12, 2018,11:00 pm
Montgomery AL
United States
Jan 16

New Student Information Session

January 16, 2018,5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jan 18

New Student Nominations Close

January 18, 2018,11:55 pm