Community Engagement Fellowships

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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 (1) employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and (2) have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. Fellows work in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors who are familiar with their topics or geographic areas, while fellows are responsible for the major planning and implementation of their projects. The fellowships run from March-October with project implementation occurring during the summer.

Fellowship Requirements

In addition to project completion, fellows are expected to meet the following requirements: attend four seminars (March, April, Sept., Oct.) hosted by the Center on relevant topics, complete the IRB review process if necessary (guide to IRB process), and submit a final comprehensive report.

Each project must include a community partner and a UNC faculty mentor who utilize their expertise to advise the fellow in developing and implementing a successful project. The community partner should be consulted during the beginning stages of project planning. Their role may include identifying and providing data about community needs, population, history and best practices, recommending resources, and planning for project sustainability. The role of the faculty mentor may include discussing research to inform project planning and connecting fellows with appropriate resources.

Submission Guidelines

Online applications require the submission of the following: project proposal, sustainability plan, budget, applicant resume(s) as well as a letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor and another from a community partner.


Applications for the 2016 Community Engagement Fellowship are currently open. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal before Monday, Feb. 8.

About Engagement and Engaged Scholarship

For more information about engagement and engaged scholarship, visit our Resources and Support page.