Newman Civic Fellowship

Newman Civic Fellowship  recognizes and supports students who are committed to being both changemakers and public problem-solvers in their community. Fellows must be nominated by their president or chancellor.

Award: The Foundation provides students with a yearlong opportunity full of training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The fellowship, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

Scholars will be provided with guidelines to ensure they increase their ability in the official language with which they are less familiar, as well as opportunities to learn Indigenous languages as part of their three-year Scholarship with the Foundation.

The Newman Civic Fellows receive:

  • A national convening of Newman Civic Fellows
  • Regional and state gatherings of Newman Civic Fellows
  • Virtual events focused on skill development and professional learning
  • Opportunities to submit conference proposals to present at Campus Compact affiliated conferences
  • One-on-one leadership development with a local mentor
  • Participation in a national network of engaged student leaders

Criteria: The Newman Civic Foundation has two primary goals: (1) To support community-committed students from Campus Compact member institutions in their personal, civic, and professional development so as to prepare them for the long-term work of public problem solving and of building equitable communities, and (2) to build a network of civically-oriented college student leaders and alumni characterized by vibrant and productive relationships.

 If you are interested in being nominated by UNC-Chapel Hill as a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow, send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest to Ryan Nilsen by noon on Thursday, Jan. 14. The Newman Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Ryan Nilsen in the Carolina Center for Public Service.

Application deadlines

Carolina Center for Public Service internal deadline for review: January 14, 2021 at 12 noon

Scholarship final nomination deadline: TBD


You are eligible to apply to the Newman Civic Foundation if:

  • You have at least one year of education remaining (either at your current institution or at a different one) such that you will be enrolled in higher education for the duration of the academic year
  • You are encouraged to provide a short reflection piece (video, article, or letter format) to Campus Compact during their fellowship year
  • You engage in collaborative action with others from campus or from surrounding communities in order to create long-term social change
  • You take action in addressing issues of inequality and political polarization
  • You demonstrate the motivation and potential for effective long-term civic engagement
  • You are an undergraduate or graduate student

How to apply for UNC endorsement

Resources for applicants


This is a newly endorsed scholarship, but we look forward to having UNC award recipients in the future!