The Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research (GCPR) is an interdisciplinary certificate program for graduate students at UNC Chapel Hill seeking training in the theoretical bases, rationale, methodologies, challenges, and motivations for carrying out research in equitable partnership with communities, instead of on communities.

For an overview of the GCPR program, please view the following presentation: Overview of the UNC Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research


Please note that there is a Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies currently housed in the School of Education. These are complementary but not overlapping certificates. For information about the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies  (GCQS), please contact Dr. Sherick Hughes, Professor of Education and Founder and Director of the GCQS Program (, or visit their website at