Fellowships and Scholarships

Community Service Scholarships »

  • A $5,000 annual scholarship (renewable for up to three years) funded by Scott MacDonald, Donald Ubell, the Fisher family and others.
  • Offered to a select group of service-oriented students in their second year to support tuition costs
  • Receive training, mentorship and support in pursuing their particular public service interests
  • Participate in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program for the opportunity and structure to build service portfolios and develop skills related to community service
  • Participate in a 4-day North Carolina Outward Bound School leadership course during their first year in the program.

MacDonald Community Fellowship »

  • Provides selected students funding, mentorship and support to create and implement a signature service project
  • For students in their junior and/or senior year
  • Community Service Scholars will be invited to apply and receive priority, but applications from other students with significant community partnership will also be considered.

Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship »

  • $1,900 to support study and engaged research in environmental field sites, preferably abroad
  • Preference is given to Buckley Public Service Scholars program participants who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines
  • Must continue your studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following the fellowship
  • Applications for the 2020 Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship open Nov. 1 and close Feb. 7.

Robert E. Bryan Fellowship »

  • Up to $1,500 to help launch a project
  • Designed for undergraduate student teams interested in creating social impact
  • Recipients enroll in a service-learning course on project management during the spring semester of the fellowship year
  • Applications for the 2020 Bryan Fellowship are open until Monday, Oct. 21.


APPLES Partnership Grants »

  • Students taking an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant
  • Up to 10 partnership grants of up to $100 each for the current semester
  • Grants are intended to benefit the community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for a student.

APPLES Transportation Grants »

  • Students taking an APPLES course are eligible to apply for transportation grants
  • Up to $50 to assist with transportation costs associated with course volunteer opportunities
  • Intended to assist students with additional costs such as gas, parking or bus fare if their volunteer site is further from campus.

Service Partnership Mini-Grants »

  • Between $150 and $300 to support project- or event-based collaborations with a community partner
  • To apply, students submit a project or event proposal along with the written endorsement of a community partner.


APPLES Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks »

  • Recognizes the sustained and ongoing commitment of a student, faculty member, staff or community partner who has addressed the concerns and needs of North Carolina communities
  • Nominations for the 2020 Ned Brooks Award open Dec. 1 and close Feb. 15.

Davis Projects for Peace Award »

  • 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
  • Applications for the 2020 Davis Projects for Peace open Nov. 1 and close Jan. 15.

J. Desai Global Service-Learning Award »

  • Provides funds 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 application cycle is late in the fall semester.

Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award »

  • Given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina
  • Recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization
  • Nominations for the 2020 Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award open Dec. 1 and close Feb. 15.