Community Engaged Learning Awards


The Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Awards are currently accepting applications!

Degree-seeking UAF undergraduate students (enrolled in six or more credits), graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and staff from all disciplines and campuses are eligible to apply for awards of up to $500 to work with a community partner to explore a community need or problem through research or scholarly activity.

While faculty, post-docs, graduate students and staff are eligible to apply, the focus must be on supporting undergraduate learning. 

  • Funding options include supplies, services and registration fees to a virtual meeting/conference.
  • Awardees are required to complete a reflection and to participate Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Day, April 6, 2021. 
  • Funds must be spent by June 15, 2021. 

Download the 2020 CEL Awards RFP
(Deadline to apply was Oct 18, 2020.)



Scoring Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Proposed project describes a working relationship with a community member, organization, or population
  • Proposed project engages in real-world problem solving through connecting expertise/resources/learning to needs in a community
  • Anticipated outcomes and explanation of how it relates to undergraduate research or scholarly activity
  • Direct benefit to the educational experience of undergraduate students
  • Detailed budget and timeline
  • Written quality of the proposal 




Poster from the Justice Department
at URSA's Research and Creative Activity Day.


The following will also be considered in the evaluation of proposals:

  • The applicant articulates clear goals and/or expected student learning outcomes of the project or travel.
  • The applicant, through articulate writing and inclusion of detail, makes a compelling case for funding the project or travel.
  • The applicant articulates a clear mentoring plan.
  • The applicant proposes an appropriate budget for the project.