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

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.