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Undergraduate

  • APPLES Service-Learning

    A student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. APPLES offers a variety of programs, including:

  • Buckley Public Service Scholars program

    Launched in 2003 as a program of the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Walter White Buckley Jr. Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) provides a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. BPSS encourages students to learn about and practice public service and engagement beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism.

    • The Arts in Public Service Fellow

      This program emphasizes expansive definitions of both “service” and “arts,” and advocates for creative modes of connecting them. Arts in Public Service Fellows will learn the ways in which the arts have affected and will continue to affect social change, develop necessary skills for engaging in this work themselves and gain first-hand experience supporting local arts and public service projects. Arts in Public Service Fellows (APSF) fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program and build portfolios with a particular focus on the connections between arts and social change.

  • SMART Mentoring

    SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on issues of race, class and gender. SMART is available for all undergraduate students with preference given to participants of the Buckley Public Service Scholars program.

  • MacDonald Community Fellowship

    The MacDonald Community Fellowship provides selected students with funding, mentorship and support to create and implement a signature service project during their junior and/or senior year.

  • Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

    The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship provides $1,250 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.

  • Robert E. Bryan Fellowship

    The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship is designed for aspiring undergraduate 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. Fellowship teams receive enrollment in a public policy course, up to $1,500 to help launch their idea, support from APPLES students and staff and leadership training and personal development.

  • APPLES Partnership Grant

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

  • APPLES Transportation Grant

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

  • Community Service Scholarships

    Community service scholarships are offered to a select group of service-oriented, UNC-Chapel Hill students in their second year to support tuition costs for their remaining time at UNC and enable them to participate in a unique series of programs focused on increasing their knowledge and skills related to community service.

  • APPLES Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks

    Established in 2001, the Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks recognizes the sustained and on-going commitment of a student, faculty member, staff, or community partner who has addressed the concerns and needs of North Carolina communities.

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

  • J. Desai Global Service-Learning Award

    The J. Desai Global Service-Learning Travel Award was established in 2007 and is made possible through a contribution from Jatin Desai who created a permanent endowment for this purpose. The funds are used 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.

  • Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award

    Four Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards are given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan Awards recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization.

  • Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

    The Ronald W. 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.” Two awards are given: one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. Apply individually or in teams.

  • Workshops & Training

    • GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics

      The Carolina Center for Public Service, along with the Campus Y and the Center for Global Initiatives, sponsor UNC’s annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics. The GO! Initiative is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities and develop intercultural competencies. In addition, GO! provides an avenue for students to network and interact with others traveling to similar areas of the world. Upon their return, students will have the opportunity to get together at a peer gathering to discuss their experiences as well as strategies for readjustment and remaining connected to important issues and populations they engaged with abroad. Learn more about GO!

    • Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship

      The Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts one and a half-hour seminars to support community engagement and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sessions are sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Check the CCPS events calendar for series schedule.

    • Functional Leadership Workshop Series

      The Functional Leadership Workshop Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Organizations at the Carolina Union. The purpose of this series is to develop student organization officers and members into knowledgeable and effective leaders. This series is designed specifically for leaders or officers of officially recognized student organizations. Organization members who do not hold an official position within their group are encouraged to attend. For details, visit Functional Leadership Workshop Series.

Graduate & Professional

  • Buckley Public Service Scholars

    To provide more opportunities for BPSS participants to find appropriate skills trainings, the Carolina Center for Public Service hires UNC graduate and professional students to offer skills trainings to undergraduate BPSS participants and be involved with the senior reflection review process each year. Learn more about becoming a BPSS graduate assistant.

  • Community Engagement Fellowship

    The Community Engagement Fellowship program is available to graduate students and awards up to $2,000 to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects.

  • Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award

    The Carolina Center for Public Service offers a wide variety of awards, recognition and funding to graduate students. For details on these opportunities, see Awards & Fellowships.

  • Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

    The Ronald W. 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.” Two awards are given: one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project.Apply individually or in teams.

  • Certificates

    • Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research

      The University if North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong history of community-engaged participatory research, particularly in public health. The Department of Anthropology is hosts the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research and plays a role in building on this tradition.

      The certificate offers:

      • Training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges and motivation for carrying out research in equitable partnership with instead of on communities.
      • Exposure to participatory methods, ethical considerations and research paradigms.
      • Faculty mentorship and guidance to help develop projects.
      • Connection to fellow graduate students, faculty and community experts.
      • Forums for discussing, sharing, and refining participatory ethics and methodologies.
      • Opportunities for students in all fields to gain experience by linking them to ongoing projects.

      The certificate is available to all graduate students at UNC. It requires 10 hours of course credit over the student’s career and is meant to complement the student’s degree program. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate Program in Participatory Research.

    • UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program

      The UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program prepares graduate students for leadership roles at nonprofits in North Carolina and elsewhere and provides an in-depth examination of leadership issues within nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on the human services, education and community development sectors.

      Courses include content that is both unique to nonprofits (e.g., board development, fundraising) and that relates to the broader phenomenon of social innovation and entrepreneurship. For example, students explore nonprofit strategy, business models, strategic partnerships, scaling, financial sustainability and earned income ventures in certificate courses.

      There are two ways to earn the certificate: 1) as a current UNC graduate student who wishes to add a nonprofit focus to a degree program; and 2) as a current nonprofit manager, board member or consultant who wishes to enhance a leadership skill set. Learn more about the UNC Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program.

    • North Carolina State university Nonprofit Certificate program

      The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Nonprofit Certificate Program, built around regularly offered graduate courses, provides the basic knowledge and skill needed to manage nonprofit organizations. Students explore the process of managing a nonprofit, organizational analysis and strategies for policy advocacy. The NCSU Nonprofit Certificate program is open to current NSCU students as well as non-degree and non-NCSU students. Learn more about the NCSU Nonprofit Certificate Program.

    • Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management

      The Duke University Nonprofit Management program curriculum offers a structured and rigorous grounding in the establishment, operation and continuation of a successful nonprofit. The nonprofit courses are designed for those working in and with the nonprofit sector — whether they are staff, directors, program administrators, board members, philanthropists, members of faith-based communities, volunteers, or those interested in employment or volunteering. Learn more about the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management.

  • Workshops & Training

    • GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics

      The Carolina Center for Public Service, along with the Campus Y and the Center for Global Initiatives, sponsor UNC’s annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics. The GO! Initiative is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities and develop intercultural competencies. In addition, GO! provides an avenue for students to network and interact with others traveling to similar areas of the world. Upon their return, students will have the opportunity to get together at a peer gathering to discuss their experiences as well as strategies for readjustment and remaining connected to important issues and populations they engaged with abroad. Learn more about GO!

    • Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship

      The Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts one and a half-hour seminars to support community engagement and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sessions are sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Check the CCPS events calendar for series schedule.

    • Functional Leadership Workshop Series

      The Functional Leadership Workshop Series is sponsored by the Office of Student Organizations at the Carolina Union. The purpose of this series is to develop student organization officers and members into knowledgeable and effective leaders. This series is designed specifically for leaders or officers of officially recognized student organizations. Organization members who do not hold an official position within their group are encouraged to attend. For details, visit Functional Leadership Workshop Series.