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Awards & Fellowships

There are many recognition opportunities, both nationally and locally, for community engagement work. See the lists below for more information.

National Faculty Awards for Community Engagement

For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards

  • Pre-tenure 
    • The Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, sponsored by the Swearer Center at Brown University in partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).
    • Due Date: Early May
  • Post-tenure

Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.


Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Research Fellowship

Iowa Campus Compact is currently accepting applications for 2018-2019 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows. Applicants can do not have to have any specific title, but must be currently employed by a member campus and be prepared to contribute to the field of community engagement through published research. The fellowship will cover registration costs to attend the annual Pen to Paper writing retreat, other support and develop and the opportunity to apply for additional research funds.


Faculty (and staff) from all disciplines and professional schools at Iowa Campus Compact member campuses are eligible to apply. Applicants should have knowledge and experience in community engagement as a part of at least one course or project and have a research question to propose. Fellows will work on a community engagement research project with the goal of publication and other forms of dissemination to grow knowledge in the field.


  • Fellows will have registration and travel covered for their attendance at the Fall 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat (date and location TBD).
  • Faculty Fellows will receive support for their research project from IACC staff and other fellows.
  • Faculty will be eligible to apply for additional funds to support their research.


Use the form below provide brief statements about your background in community engagement and your research proposal. Applicants must also provide a letter of support form their academic dean and can provide other letters.


  • Program Announcement: January 2018
  • Proposals Due: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: June 2018
  • Grant Period: August 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


Submit application materials using the form online by Midnight on Friday, May 4, 2018. Only complete proposals received by the deadline will be considered. Questions can be directed to Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director at eshields {at}

Community News
April 24, 2018
Drake University received Iowa Campus Compact's Community Partnership Award in recognition of Drake's longstanding collaboration with Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC).