Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Apply for a Fellowship, Internship, or Award

The University of Washington supports and recognizes student service and leadership work through several internship, fellowship, and scholarship programs. The Carlson Center directly administers the following Fellowships, Internships & 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 $3600 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. Beginning in 2016, the Jackson Munro Public Service Fellowship is a summer intensive experience.


Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship

Each year University of Washington seniors collaboratively decide upon a gift that will leave a legacy that honors their graduating class and its values. In 2016, the class decided to create a fund that would provide funding for students who were making positive changes in the UW community and the greater Seattle area in ways that foster diversity and encourage student involvement. Given the Carlson Center’s rich history of community engagement, and on-going commitment to equity, the Class of 2016 selected the Carlson Center to administer this funding.

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.

Newman Civic Fellows and Washington Campus Compact Students Serving Washington Awards

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center, in partnership with the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards, is pleased to offer a new set of scholarship and award opportunities for students engaged in community centered service and advocacy. Campus applications are due February 6, 2017 for review and, if selected for nomination, assistance in submitting final materials.


Other award and recognition programs to check out: