The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Students working together to build something

The Ginsberg Center provides grants, scholarships, and fellowship funding for students and student organizations engaging in service-learning and civic engagement projects and programs. Paid internship positions for master's level students and undergraduate employment opportunities are also available. 

Ginsberg Community Engagement Grants:  

The Ginsberg Center’s mission is to advance social change for the public good by cultivating and stewarding mutually beneficial partnerships between communities and the University of Michigan. Recognizing that a number of students and student organizations work to create local, national, and global engaged learning opportunities, funding is available through our Community Engagement Grants. This series includes our mini grants, alternative breaks grants, and project/initiative grants. Each grant has a different focus, but all support community-based initiatives that promote student learning and tend to positive community impact.

  • Alternative Breaks Grant: Funding up to $500 for student groups planning a short-term, immersive service and learning experience during a University break. 
  • Mini Grant: Funding up to $250 for initiatives that prioritize community-identified needs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. 
  • Impact GrantFor student organizations working in partnership to address inequities in Education, Employment, and/or Housing in Washtenaw County. Applications available October 2017.

Please contact ginsberg.grants@umich.edu with any questions.


Delta Delta Delta (DDD) Community Based Project Grant

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to offer the Delta Delta Delta (DDD) Community Based Project Grant.

Alumnae of the University of Michigan Delta Delta Delta Iota House endowed this fund in 2016 to support positive community engagement in current students.

Funding is intended to support off-campus, direct service and social action initiatives. Funds may only be used for project costs incurred by the student or community partner, such as materials, supplies, evaluation support or transportation. On-campus projects will only be considered if the project's focus is primarily benefiting off-campus community members at an on-campus location. Funding is not to be used for t-shirts, airfare, or speaker honorarium. 

Davis Projects for Peace

Funded by the Davis Foundation, Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical global leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas. These projects, as defined by students, creatively address worldwide peace efforts providing sustainable solutions to contemporary society.  This is a competetive process; one proposal is selected from the University of Michigan, and advanced to the Davis Foundation. The application process takes place in December - January each year.


Scholarships

Rosalie Ginsberg Scholarship for Community Service and Social Action

Two $3,000 scholarships are awarded annually to support University of Michigan students holding junior or senior standing who demonstrate a commitment to community service or social action and who demonstrate financial need.  Preference is given to students from Cuyahoga County, Ohio; thereafter to students from Ohio; and thereafter to any student.  Inger and William Ginsberg established the Rosalie Ginsberg Community Service Scholarship Fund in honor of William’s mother. 

Scholarship candidates must demonstrate strong community service or social action involvement, as well as financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship awardees will have attained junior or senior standing by the Fall semester of the scholarship year and will be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program on the Ann Arbor campus.  They must also qualify for financial aid.

Click here for more information and an application.

 

Shuyi Li Scholarship for Community Service and Civic Engagement

Two $1,000 scholarships may be awarded annually to support University of Michigan students holding first- or second-year standing who demonstrate a commitment to community service or social action and who demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are funded by a gift from Ginsberg alum Shuyi Li (LSA, '12).

Scholarship candidates must demonstrate strong community service or social action involvement, as well as financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarship awardees will hold first- or second-year standing by the Fall semester of the scholarship year and will be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program on the Ann Arbor campus.  They must also qualify for financial aid.

Click here for additional information and an application.

 

Ahmad K. Jawad Scholarship for Community Service and Social Action

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded this year to support a first generation University of Michigan student who lives a commitment to community service or social action and who demonstrates financial need. The Jawad family has established the Ahmad K. Jawad Community Service Scholarship Fund in honor of their father/brother/uncle, Ahmad.

Scholarship awardees shall have attained at least sophomore standing for the 2016-17 academic year, and will be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program on the Ann Arbor campus during the scholarship year.  They must also qualify for financial aid as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Click here for more information and an application.

 

Scott MacDonald Community Fellows Program

Made possible by a generous gift from Scott MacDonald, the MacDonald Community Fellows Program provides a unique three-year fellowship for University of Michigan undergraduate students. MacDonald Fellows will receive funding while engaging in opportunities for community engagement, leadership development, and personal growth. The program was established to promote MacDonald’s commitment to encourage and support students to be agents of positive change by empowering themselves and the communities they engage to reach their full potentials. MacDonald Community Fellows will receive a $5,000 annual scholarship, in two disbursements per academic year.

Click here for more information and an application. 


Fellowships

Community Engagement Leadership Fellows

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning offers an exciting, year-long fellowship program for University of Michigan undergraduate juniors and seniors! Through our SERVE office, the Community Engagement Leadership Fellows program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to expand their existing knowledge, skills, and leadership experiences around civic engagement and apply these in the development of a project that meets community-identified needs. Projects seek to build sustainable structures to support student engagement and follow an asset-based approach to addressing community issues. Fellows participate in ongoing training and mentorship, connect as a cohort, and engage in intentional reflection throughout the program. Upon successful completion of fellowship goals and expectations, each Ginsberg Fellow is awarded a stipend and certificate. 

Click here for more information and an application.

 

Wallenberg Fellowship

In the spirit of Raoul Wallenberg’s experience at Michigan, the Raoul Wallenberg International Summer Travel Fellowship will allow selected students to take part in a community service project or civic participation anywhere in the world. The fellowship will support such experiences as, for instance, volunteer work with a humanitarian organization such as a school, clinic or aid program, or the exploration of humanitarian issues not well understood in the US.

Further information as well as the application can be found in M-Compass.

This fellowship is administered by the International Center.  For more information, contact wallenberginfo@umich.edu.


Internships

The Ginsberg Center offers field placement opportunities for graduate level students. The Ginsberg Center provides interns with an opportunity to learn more about service-learning and civic engagement in a post-secondary education setting. Students will have diverse experiences, working with students, staff, faculty, and community members. To learn more about our graduate internship opportunities, please email ginsberg.info@umich.edu.

This grant is more than just a monetary contribution to our organization. It has really helped us form ties with a supportive community and be further engaged with other UM groups to form a more successful student organization.

- We Read, 2013-14 & 2014-15 Student Initiative Grant recipients