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About the Carolina Center for Public Service

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) has connected the energy and expertise of both the University and the community to provide students, faculty, and staff with deep and transformative experiences. Through engaged scholarship and service, CCPS creates collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges and strengthens the University’s public service commitment.


Community Engagement Fellowships

This fellowship program awards a maximum of eight fellowships of up to $2,000 each year for engagement or engaged scholarship projects that are responsive to community priorities and have an academic connection. Fellows are expected to attend four seminars hosted by the Center on relevant topics, complete the IRB review process if necessary, and submit a progress and final report. Applications must include:

  • A project proposal
  • Sustainability plan
  • Project budget
  • Applicant’s resume
  • Letters of endorsement from a faculty mentor and community partner

Applications will be accepted until February 3, 2020. Click here to begin the online application.


Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

This fellowship is named for the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa, a pioneering conservationist in the Himalayas who served as an official with the World Wildlife Fund. A protégé of Sir Edmund Hillary, Sherpa believed that “saving nature need not take place at the expense of the people,” and as an example of that, he developed an 800-square-mile conservation area surrounding the 28,169-feet-tall Kangchenjunga. Applicants should include in their applications:

  • A concise description of the project and how it will be carried out
  • Specific outcomes and how they will be measured
  • A statement of the eventual impact and value of the project
  • An approximate timeline the project will follow
  • A project budget that does not request more than $1,900 and describes the sources and amounts of any other funding

Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2020. Click here to begin the online application.


Service-Learning Course Development Grants

This grant solicits proposals for $5,000 service-learning-course-development grants from faculty and instructors across campus teaching undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Up to seven grants will be awarded to develop new or modify existing courses that successfully integrate community-based service into the curriculum and promote the pedagogy of service-learning at UNC. Areas of priority include physical and natural sciences, education, and business. Applications will be accepted until March 19, 2020. For more information about applying, e-mail Becca Bender at

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