Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships

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The Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship at the APPLES Service-Learning program 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 recipients enroll in a service-learning course through public policy and receive up to $1,500 to help launch their idea, 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 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.

Project Consultation

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 for the 2015 Bryan Fellowship have closed.

Past Fellowships

For information about past fellowships, see Bryan Fellows and Previous Bryan Fellows.

For questions, contact APPLES student chair for fellowships Danny Hogenkamp.