The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of eight 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 at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. 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-November with project implementation occurring during the summer.
In addition to project completion, fellows are expected to meet the following requirements: attend six seminars (March through November) hosted by the Center on relevant topics, complete the IRB review process if necessary (guide to IRB process), and submit a progress and final 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.
Online application submissions require a 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. Apply through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.
Applications for the 2018 Community Engagement Fellowship are closed. Applications for the 2019 Community Engagement Fellowship will open in November 2018.
About Engagement and Engaged Scholarship
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