The Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship is designed for aspiring social change-makers who are interested in providing a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally through the creation of an entrepreneurial project that addresses a community issue or need.
Fellowship teams receive enrollment in a public policy course, up to $1,500 to help launch their idea, support from APPLES students and staff and leadership training and personal development. A maximum of five fellowships are awarded each fall for the following calendar year. After completing the fellowship year, teams can reapply for a second year of funding of up to $1,000.
The fellowship is named in honor of alumnus Robert Emmet Bryan (1904-1975), a native of Newton Grove, N.C., who was a strong supporter of public service.
Any returning, full-time undergraduate student teams at UNC are eligible to apply. A team can be made up of as many students as necessary, but only the four most active students should be included in the application. Individuals may also apply, but team applications often offer stronger proposals. Preference will be given to projects that have not been funded prior to this fellowship.
Academic and Community Connections
Members of the selected teams will be enrolled in a spring service-learning course led by Dr. Micah Gilmer, clinical assistant professor of Social Innovation in the Department of Public Policy. The course focuses on the knowledge, resources and strategies project teams need to know in order to successfully implement social ventures. Fellows will learn about cutting-edge techniques in applied research, team recruitment, project management, strategy and planning. They will also gain connections to leading social entrepreneurs in the area and around the world through class visits and intentional resource connections.
APPLES students and staff are available for individual project consultation to provide applicants with beneficial tips on developing a project proposal, as well as helpful information on social entrepreneurship and community development strategies.
Applications typically open in August and close in October for the following fellowship year and can be accessed through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
For questions, contact APPLES student chair for fellowships Danny Hogenkamp.