Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship

Kaplan Family Faculty Fellowship deadline extended to April 6, 2020.

The Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning recognizes the importance of the national movement in higher education for greater involvement in civic engagement.

Two faculty members, who are having a significant impact on undergraduate, professional, or graduate education at Cornell by involving their students in challenging service-learning programs, will be given a $5,000 award to enable them to further develop an ongoing community-based learning/research project, to initiate a new effort, or to seek institutionalization of a service-learning course.

Nominees/applicants must be full-time Cornell faculty members and be able to demonstrate involvement in public scholarship in their nomination/application. Faculty members may apply on their own or be nominated.

Application Information

Applications due: Monday, April 6, 2020

Completed Applications Include:

  • A cover page including applicant name, title, department/affiliation, proposal title and abstract.
  • A maximum 3-page proposal letter outlining what you intend to accomplish as a Kaplan Fellow. Your proposal may involve undertaking a service-learning course enhancement, enhancing your current course proposal, or undertaking a community-based research or action research project. The proposal should document how your project engages the community, adds value to the particular community, and involves community partners in aspects of its planning and implementation. Your proposal should demonstrate sustained ways that the project will impact, shape or enhance the service-learning teaching and/or research agenda of your department.
  • A copy of the faculty's vitae emphasizing evidence of engagement with service-learning pedagogy or public scholarship.
  • Support letter from the community partner.
  • Support letter from the chair of your department.

Send application and supporting materials to:

Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning


300 Kennedy Hall

Learn about past fellows.