Awards & Fellowships

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Public Service Awards

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosts an annual Public Service Awards event in the spring. Recipients are honored with the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service, Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards, the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award and Davis Projects for Peace Awards.


The Carolina Center for Public Service oversees the annual selection of various awards honoring individual undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and University units for exemplary public service and engaged scholarship.

APPLES provides annual awards to faculty, community partners, students, alumni and supporters who have made outstanding and significant contributions to service-learning at UNC.

The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship is designed for aspiring undergraduate 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.

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply.

Davis Projects for Peace is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each.

The Desai Global Service-Learning Travel Award was established in 2007 and is made possible through a contribution from Jatin Desai who created a permanent endowment for this purpose. The funds are used to defray travel costs for APPLES program participants who are extending their work with communities abroad. Two $500 awards are given to two recipients each year.

The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self.” Two awards are given: one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project.

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community.

  • Robert E. Bryan Award – for undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and student organizations

Four Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan Awards will be given to each of the following to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization.

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship will provide $1,250 to support study and engaged research in environmental field sites, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to Buckley Public Service Scholars program participants who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines.

The Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award recognizes faculty members or university units for exemplary engaged scholarship in service to the state of North Carolina. The service should serve as an example of excellence, including responsiveness to community concerns and strong community partnerships. Three Provost awards will be given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership.