Ferguson Fellowship for Community Engagement


Thanks to the generous support of Ferguson Enterprises, the Center for Community Engagement awards up to 10 Ferguson Fellowships of $1,500 to students interested in pursuing community-engaged projects that are responsive to community concerns and priorities. 

For more information, contact Jessie Deal, Director of Ferguson Fellowship Program at jessica.deal@cnu.edu. The 2023 Ferguson Fellowship application is now closed.


Program Overview

Students awarded a Ferguson 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 community partner and faculty mentor; and
  4. Participate in the CNU Ferguson Fellowship Symposium (held at the end of the Spring semester) 

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. 

What makes a successful Ferguson 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 Ferguson Fellowship Stipend entail?

Ferguson 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.