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In the Center for Resilient Communities we provide fellowships to support community builders.

Community builders engage in social action to champion grassroots, collaborative initiatives that improve lives and livelihoods. Community builders are activists, unifiers, care-givers, entrepre-neurs, and leaders who stand up and stand out. They tackle the roots causes of problems. They think in terms of systems instead of symptoms. They know how to organize. They guide others. And they make sacrifices for the common good. Our fellowships support and elevate the work of scholars, students and grassroots leaders in Appalachia that we believe hold the power for change.

Action Research Fellows

Scholars engage in systematic inquiry, education, creative arts, and service to their communities. Each year, the Center for Resilient Communities will recruit up to five WVU faculty and/or PhD students to participate in a year-long program designed to increase the capacity of scholars to ad-vance research in the service of social action.

Community Leadership and Social Action Fellows

The Community Leadership and Social Action fellowship program is an advanced college-level program that trains university students in relevant skills for building community, helps them realize their potential as leaders and gives them practical experience in action research for social change. Each year the Center for Resilient Communities will recruit up to 10 WVU undergraduate students as Community Leadership and Social Action Fellows.

Grass Roots Leadership Fellows

The Center for Resilient Communities will invite select community builders working in West Virginia to participate in a year-long program that promotes connectivity, deepens relationships with collaborators, advances action research and promotes collaborative initiatives with real impact. Each year the Grassroots Leadership Fellows program will establish three to four new partnerships with individuals and organizations that advance more just, equitable and resilient communities.