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Fellowships and Scholarships

COVID-19 Rural Response Grant »

  • Up to $10,000 to support partnership programs that respond to immediate and anticipated COVID-19 needs in rural areas of North Carolina
  • Proposals will be accepted from UNC-Chapel Hill students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and staff. Students applying for funds should have a faculty advisor
  • All applicants must have an identified community partner that has helped define the project and will assist with its implementation
  • Applications will be reviewed on a monthly rolling basis

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 your 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 your first year in the program

Disaster Relief Trip Grants and Disaster Recovery Project Grants »

  • Up to $5,000 available for North Carolina-based recovery projects led by UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff and/or faculty
  • Up to $1,000 for relief trips, organized by UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff or faculty, to affected areas

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

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


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

Projects for Peace »

  • 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
  • Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each


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

J. Desai Global Service-Learning Travel Grant »

  • 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