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Community Engagement Research (CER) Faculty Fellowship

The Community Engagement Research (CER) Faculty Fellowship provides opportunities for faculty members to engage in research that measures the impact of Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL) and Community Engagement on  students, faculty and the community (partnerships). Such research is critical to informing the broader institution on the value added of Community Engagement to our university and the northeast Florida region. 

Who is eligible for a Community Engagement Research Faculty Fellowship?

Fellowship recipients are tenured or tenured-earning faculty members who:

  • Demonstrate commitment to CBTL and Community Engagement.
  • Are willing to commit some of their professional research efforts toward understanding the impacts of CBTL and Community Engagement on students, faculty or the community (partnerships).
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with the institution on research questions of mutual interest.
  • Make a commitment to communicating with a variety of stakeholders about findings.

What are the benefits of a Community Engagement Research Faculty Fellowship?

  • Opportunity to complete research focused on the broad impacts of CBTL and Community Engagement on students, faculty and the community (partnerships).
  • Opportunities to present or publish Community Engagement work at the state, national and possibly international level.
  • Community Engagement Travel Award for $1,500 to attend and present at a national Community Engagement Conference in 2023 (if funding is available). 
  • $1,500 stipend each semester (Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023) to support your research time and efforts.

What is required of a Community Engagement Research Faculty Fellowship recipient?

  • Attend monthly meetings with other CER Faculty Fellowship recipients along with the CCBL Director and staff to discuss research progress.
  • Design and implement a research study focused on the impact of CBTL and Community Engagement on community partners, students and/or faculty to be carried out (data collected and analyzed) during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Produce a poster and present your research at the Annual Community Engaged Scholarship Luncheon Fall 2022.
  • Offer one public lecture sharing the results of your impact study.
  • Be available, if invited, to make a short presentation to UNF Executive Leadership on the purpose and outcome of your research study.

How does one become a Community Engagement Research Faculty Fellowship recipient?

Submit a research proposal through the online application form. Cohort 6 applications are available January 2022.


Application and research proposal requirements:

  • Identify a CBTL and Community Engagement research topic of interest that focuses on the impact on students, faculty or the community (partnerships).
  • Explain the scope of the study as well as your interest in the research topic and identify any past experience within the selected topic.
  • Explain the relevance of the topic for the broader institution.
  • Provide a timeline for completing the research study during the duration of the program.
  • Include a copy of current C.V.  – limited to 2 pages.

Review Process:

Applications and research proposals will be reviewed by the Director of CCBL with input from Center staff and UNF Executive Leadership.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • The extent of prior experience the applicant has with the type of research proposed and the specific research topic selected.
  • The research topic selected is relevant to the institutions interest in CBTL and Community Engagement.
  • The viability of the research being completed by the summer of 2022.
  • Although all research proposals are encouraged, preference will be given to applications that focus on impacts on the community (partnerships) and students (beyond learning outcomes).

Up to three projects will be selected for Cohort 6. Applicants will be notified in May 2022.

If you have questions, please contact Justin Sipes at