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.


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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.


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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. In 2016, we are piloting the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship as a summer intensive experience.

Jackson Munro Public Service Fellows will be selected for a summer intensive experience based on three primary factors:

  • An established partnership with a non-profit or public sector organization
  • A collaboratively thought out plan for a summer intensive project that will benefit the partnering organization while increasing student skills and learning
  • An articulation of how the work of the Fellow will contribute to their development as a public servant and leader

Applications are due May 9, 2016


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: