The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship in the APPLES Service-Learning program is designed for undergraduate student teams interested in creating social impact locally and/or globally through the creation of an innovative project that addresses a community-identified need. The fellowship has the following goals:
- Provide practical support and mentorship to students in developing their projects,
- Contribute to addressing community-identified needs by supporting innovative projects, and
- Develop a supportive cohort of students working together to create positive social impact.
Fellowship recipients enroll in a service-learning course on project management during the spring semester of the fellowship year and receive up to $1,500 to help launch their project. They also gain access to professional development funds, support from APPLES students and staff and invaluable leadership training and personal development.
Up to six team fellowships are awarded each fall for the following calendar year (January – December) with applications due in mid-October. 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-Chapel Hill 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. The Bryan Fellowship is focused on projects in the early stages of development, so preference will be given to projects that have not been funded or received other significant support prior to this fellowship.
Academic and Community Connections
Members of the fellowship teams will be enrolled in PLCY130, a one-credit service-learning course led in the spring semester 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 for successfully launching and sustaining community-based projects. Fellows will learn about techniques in applied research, team recruitment, project management, strategy and planning. They will also gain connections to leading social entrepreneurs and community leaders in the area through class visits and personal introductions.
Applications for the 2016 Bryan Fellowship will open Saturday, Aug. 15 and close on Monday, Oct. 19.
APPLES students and staff are available to provide applicants with supportive but critical feedback on developing project proposals.