Community Engagement Fellowship

 

All full-time students at Christopher Newport University are eligible to apply. Projects should address a real community concern and offer an innovative, feasible, and well-researched solution to that need. Although most projects will be local, proposals with a national or global scope will also be considered.

If you have any questions, please email Jessie Deal, Director of Community Engagement Fellowship, at jessica.deal@cnu.edu. We are currently not accepting any new Community Engagement Fellowship applications. Please check back at a later date.

Program Overview

Students awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship are expected to: 

  1. Research a community concern or issue of significance;
  2. Collaborate with a community partner and faculty mentor to design a plan of action that addresses the community’s concern; 
  3. Implement the plan alongside a community partner and faculty mentor; and
  4. Participate in the CNU Community Engagement Fellowship Symposium (held at the end of the Spring semester) 
What makes a successful Community Engagement Fellowship Proposal?

Successful proposals must include the following:

  • A community partner, who agrees to collaborate with the student on the project 
  • A faculty mentor, who agrees to provide support, resources, and guidance
  • A complete application form, with a clear description of how the project will continue beyond the initial funding provided through the fellowship
What does a Community Engagement Fellowship Stipend entail?

Community Engagement Fellowships applications must name the student applicant, a community partner, and a faculty mentor. Each member of this collaborative team will receive a stipend for participating in the program.

 

  • Students receive a $1,500 stipend to research and execute their project, 
  • Community partners receive a $500 stipend for project collaboration and mentorship, 
  • Faculty mentors receive a $500 stipend for project mentorship. 
  • Funding is available for up to $500 for project implementation expenses, including the cost of supplies, travel, fees, services (printing, building rental, etc.). Larger amounts will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Please clearly indicate project expenses in the budget section of the application.
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