Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Apply for a Fellowship or Award

The University of Washington supports and recognizes student public service and leadership work through several fellowship and scholarship programs. The Carlson Center directly administers the following Fellowships & Awards:

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Robert Lee Ellis Civic Fellowship

Designed for incoming students, Ellis Fellows are selected on the basis of financial need, dedication towards service, personal growth, and leadership development, and ability to make a 4-year commitment toward fulfilling Fellowship expectations. Ellis Fellows are selected during Autumn Quarter and awarded annual scholarships throughout four years, growing from $2,000 to $4,000.


Carlson Civic Fellowship

The Carlson Civic Fellowship is a 2-quarter intensive program for undergraduates interested in expanding their leadership and professional abilities while helping to address community-defined needs in the Seattle area. Three Fellows are selected each November. Spanning Winter and Spring quarters, the Fellowship weaves together ongoing, project-based service with a local community organization, structured learning through a community-based leadership course, leadership development activities, and individual and cohort-based mentorship. Fellows receive a $2500 stipend to make their investment in this personal and professional development throughout the year more feasible.


Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship 

The Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship (formerly known as the Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship) encourages a life-long commitment to public service by providing students with support for a proposed public service initiative. This support includes a monetary award (between $2500-$4500) and requires enrollment in at least one Carlson Center Community Based Leadership course in winter or spring quarter. Jackson Munro Fellows are selected in mid-November and are expected to be actively engaged in their public service project during Winter and Spring quarters.

Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award

Available to Junior or Senior undergraduate students, the Carlson Leadership Award recognizes individual students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who are committed to continued creative civic participation with a $2500 scholarship and recognition at the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership.

Other award and recognition programs to check out: