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.


Nominate a Student for Blackburn

Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the university’s faculty or staff, Blackburn students, Fellows (alumni), or Advisory Board members. We seek students who demonstrate interest and leadership relating to public policy; indicate strong interest in exploring issues facing the state of Alabama; demonstrate a clear concept of local, state or national issues; and have at least one full year remaining as an undergraduate or graduate student at The University of Alabama.
Winter Gathering

RSVP for the 2020 Virtual Winter Gathering

Get ready for camaraderie, a little learning, and an ugly sweater contest. At this event, we invite Fellows and Advisory Board Members to find joy in community after a challenging year, plan for the future work of the Institute, and meet some new friends and collaborators for 2021. Come make merry with us. RSVP today!

Upcoming Events

Tue 15

Fellows Pipeline Focus Group

December 15, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat 19

Winter Break (Office Closed)

December 19, 2020 - January 6, 2021
Jan 13

Spring Kick-Off

January 13, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm