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For Students

Community Engagement Fellowship

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. 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.

Davis Projects for Peace Award

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. The 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000 each.

Global Service-Learning Travel Award

The J. Desai Global Service-Learning Award was established in 2007 and is made possible by the very gracious contribution of Jatin Desai who has established a permanent endowment for this purpose. The funds are to be used to defray travel costs for participants.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship, awarded annually, 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 fellowship is named for the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa, pioneering conservationist in the Himalaya, who served as an official with the World Wildlife Fund.

Partnership Grants

Students and community partners connected to an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a Partnership Grant. These grants are intended to benefit the community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for a student. APPLES is offering up to 10 Partnership Grants of up to $100 each for the current semester. These grants fund supplementary materials for enhancement projects relating to the community partner. These grants must be submitted with both a student and community partner signature.

Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award

The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award honors the memory and accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan ’26 of Newton Grove, N.C., who worked his way through the University to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur and public servant. Four Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina.

Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship

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. Fellows receive enrollment in a Public Policy course, up to $1,500 to help launch their idea, support from APPLES students and staff and invaluable leadership training and personal development. Up to five team Fellowships are awarded each fall for the following calendar year (January-December).

Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

The 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.” The award is named for the late Dr. Ronald W. Hyatt, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others.

For information about funded post-graduation service opportunities, review the One and Two Year Opportunities (excluding the Graduate School) handout maintained by University Career Services. For more information contact Jacquelyn Gist.

For Faculty

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program

The Faculty Engaged Scholars program is an initiative of the Carolina Center for Public Service to advance faculty involvement in engaged scholarship. Program goals are to recognize and reward faculty involved in engaged scholarship, create and sustain a community of engaged scholars from diverse perspectives, promote engaged scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill across disciplines, and continue to build UNC-Chapel Hill as an institution committed to and demonstrating strong university-community relationships.

Graduate Student Service-Learning Course Development Grants

In an effort to cultivate service-learning pedagogy in future faculty, APPLES and The Graduate School are collaborating to offer course development grants exclusively to graduate students. Applications are open to any UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student who serves as an instructor of undergraduate courses in Academic or Health Affairs.

Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement, including a leadership role in the development of the Carolina Center for Public Service. The award 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.

Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award

The Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award was established in 2000 by Provost Dick Richardson to recognize extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This award recognizes faculty members or university units for exemplary engaged scholarship in service to the state of North Carolina.

Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award

The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award honors the memory and accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan ’26 of Newton Grove, N.C., who worked his way through the University to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur and public servant. Four Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina.

Service-Learning Course Enhancement Grants

Grants up to $500 are awarded every semester. These grants can fund course development, materials or support required to teaching a APPLES service-learning courses. Applications are received and accepted on a rolling basis.