Funding for GCPR Students

CBPR-related Grants and Fellowships

UNC Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program

January, annually

  • Summer internship opportunity to explore a specific non-faculty career path
  • Create and propose a relevant, hands-on internship, min 200 hours
  • $4000
  • Must be nominated by department
  • Application requirements

o   Internship plan, max 2 pages double spaced

o   Career plan, max 1 page double spaced

o  Description of learning goals, max 1 page double spaced

o  CV, max 2 pages

o   Letter of recommendation, max 4,000 characters


UNC Community Engagement Fellowships

February, annually

  • Max $2000
  • Develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that address social needs and have an academic connection
  • Can apply as individual or teams, interdisciplinary teams preferred
  • March-October, implement project in summer
  • Application requirements
    • Project proposal
    • Sustainability plan
    • Budget
    • Resume(s)
    • Letters of recommendation: (1) faculty mentor and (2) community partner


Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

February, annually

  • For undergraduate and graduate student field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad
  • Preference for students in Buckley Public Service Scholars program majoring in business, environmental, or economics disciplines
  • $1,250
  • Application requirements
    • Project description
    • Specific outcomes and how to measure
    • Statement of impact and value
    • Timeline
    • Budget


GCPR Graduate Student Seed Grant Awards

Mid-February, annually

  • Support expenses directly related to participatory research projects
  • Must be a grad student at UNC enrolled in or interested in enrolling in GCPR
  • $1000 max
  • Application requirements
    • General information
    • 1000 word project description
    • Support letter from advisor
    • Budget


Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

February/March, annually

  • Supports innovative public service projects exemplifying the motto “Service above Self”
  • Develop local or international community-based projects during the summer
  • For UNC undergraduate and graduate students
  • $3000 max if international; $2000 max if local
  • Application requirements
    • Justification of need
    • Project description including list of personnel
    • Specific outcomes and how to measures
    • Estimated impact and sustainability
    • Timeline
    • Budget

Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellows Program

Mid-March, annually

  • PhD students in all field interested in developing digital humanities as a significant expression of their professional practice
  • One year individually tailored program
  • Connects fellows to community of fellow digital humanists
  • Includes $5000 in summer support and up to $5000 for project development…couldn’t find how much the actual stipend fellowship is…
  • Application requirements
    • 1000 word personal statement
    • 1500 word project proposal
    • CV
    • Letter of support from advisor or director of graduate studies

Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards

Mid-March, annually

  • Supports collaborations between academics, non-academics, and activists
  • Projects can be collaborative research with artistic, community, cultural grassroots, or social movement groups; the production of educational materials and other innovative pedagogical initiatives; and the promotion of links between universities and institutions/organization outside the academy
  • Max £10,000
  • Anyone can apply but grant but be administered by a university
  • Application Requirements
    • 4 page application
    • Page 1: title, personal info
    • Page 2+3: Outline project
    • Page 4: Budget

The Institute of African American Research Summer Graduate Student Research Grant

Mid-March, annually

  • Supports research that concerns African Americans or the broader African diaspora
  • Max $2500
  • Application requirements
    • Application form
    • CV, max 3 pages
    • Proposal, 2 pages
    • Letter of recommendation from advisor

APPLES Service Learning Program: Graduate Assistant for Alternative Breaks

Mid-April, annually

  • 18 hours/week for 32 weeks, August – April
  • $16,000
  • Work with a total of 15 alternative break experiences
  • Application requirements
    • Resume
    • Cover letter

UNC Impact and Horizon Awards

October, annually

  • Awarded to graduate students whose research has a direct impact on North Carolina
  • Internal nomination by department
  • Application requirements
    • Abstract
    • Research description
    • Impact statement
    • CV
    • 2 recommendation letters

Regional Funding Opportunities

UNC Center for the Study of the American South

Mid-March, annually

Check out the website if you do research on the South and are curious about the following fellowships/grants:

  • McColl Early-Stage Research Fellowship in Southern Studies
  • McColl Dissertation Year Fellowship in Southern Studies
  • Summer Research Grants, Mid March
  • Graduate Student Travel Grants, submissions on rolling basis
  • Graduate Research Grants, submissions on rolling basis

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina – People in Need Grants

Early August, annually

  • Provides grants for organizations located in or serving select Western NC counties
  • People in Need Grants up to $20,000 for economically-disadvantaged people
  • Organizations are eligible if they are financially sustainable, tax-exempt, serve a Western NC county, and have not received a People in Need grant in the previous year.
  • Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent in early August for projects beginning after December 1.

Norman Wettenhal Foundation

February, May, August, November, annually

  • The objectives of the Small Environmental Grants Scheme are to support Australian biodiversity projects that are concerned with one or more of the following:
    • monitoring and recording data
    • community education
    • community capacity building (training)
    • research and science
  • Expression of Interest required. following acceptance other materials may be requested, including letters of reference.

National and International Funding Opportunities

African Women’s Development Fund

  • AWDF supports both established and small, African-based women’s organizations in the following thematic areas:
    • Economic empowerment and livelihoods
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Women’s Human Rights
    • Governance, Peace, and Security
    • Health and Reproductive Rights
    • Arts, Culture, and Sports

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

  • The AIA Society Outreach Grant Program encourages societies to plan and implement outreach activities in their local community. Any event that promotes archaeology, the AIA’s mission, and focuses on public outreach and education will be considered for funding. Attracting new members to the AIA and the society should also be a goal. This grant is meant for innovative outreach programs, replicable by other societies and beyond the regular lecture program supported by the national office.

Foundation for the Carolinas

  • The foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the U.S., dedicated to building collective strength in communities in North and South Carolina.
  • The foundation itself offers a number of competitive grant programs and coordinates applications for grants offered by regional affiliate community foundations.

Green Foundation

  • The Foundation is dedicated to supporting institutions that focus on arts outreach and education and we continue to encourage growth in all areas of the arts. Priority is given to those institutions that promote the expansion of community arts programs and/or support youth and adult creativity in their regular schedules.
  • Letter of Inquiry and, if accepted, a formal proposal

Greenstone Foundation

  • Our Mission is to assist organizations, in our community that offer help to those in need by supporting educational programs, health and nutrition programs, and affordable housing.
  • Cover letter, Informational sheet, Proposal narrative, Budgets, List of key staff, Federal tax W-9 form, IRS 501(C)3 determination letter

Russell Sage Foundation

  • The foundation is one of the oldest in the U.S., dedicating itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.
  • They sponsor the following initiative:
    • Visiting Scholar Program
    • Research funding for behavioral economics; the “Future of Work”; race, ethnicity, and immigration; and social inequality
    • Seminars and working groups aimed at developing new topics in social science