Fellows with Stegman 2016

2016-2017 CCC Graduate Fellows with Founder Mike Stegman, Former Executive Director Lucy Gorham and Director Roberto Quercia. 

Center for Community Capital Graduate Fellowship

The Center for Community Capital Fellowship Program supports a small group of interdisciplinary Carolina graduate students for one academic year through a program that includes mentorship, project work, and peer support. This program is meant to support UNC students with strong academic credentials and significant engagement with the university community.

The program consists of three main parts. The first part consists of monthly group meetings, which will include guest speakers and discussions. Former speakers include Alexandra Sirota from the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center, Martin Eakes, Founder and CEO of Self-Help, Professor Jim Johnson from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and Dr. Mike Stegman, founder of the CCC. The second part, professional development and mentorship, will give Fellows access to CCC staff and professionals across North Carolina with whom CCC is connected to develop informal mentorship relationships and facilitate networking. The third program component is project work under the direction of a researcher at CCC, UNC, or one of CCC’s local partners such as Self-Help or the Center for Responsible Lending.

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1500.

To apply to be a CCC Graduate Fellow in 2018-2019, apply here by August 31st, 2018. (Applications for the fellowship are currently closed)

CCC Fellows at a Panel, 2018. Photo Credit: Nina Tan.


Project Work

Fellows will be matched with projects based on preferences indicated in the online application and will work approximately 80 hours over the course of the academic year. This work will occur on a schedule coordinated between the Fellow and the Fellow’s supervisor, and will not exceed 5 hours per week. Four Fellows will be involved in current or future research projects at the Center. Project options for 2018-2019 Fellows are forthcoming and will fit within our core research areas of financial inclusionaffordable housing, and economic mobility. Two additional Fellows will work under the direct supervision of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Applicants can indicate a preference for working with CCC, CRL, or Self Help in the application.


Eligible applicants are:

  • Graduate students with strong academic credentials and a strong interest in the work of the Center for Community Capital;
  • Enrolled in coursework on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, NC State, or Duke University;
  • Interested in gaining experience and mentorship.


Applicants accepted for the ’18-’19 Fellowship positions will be required to:

  • Work for approximately 80 hours on on a research team at CCC, CRL, or Self-Help during the 2018-2019 academic year. This work will be performed on a schedule established cooperatively by the Fellow and their research supervisor, and should not, unless requested by the Fellow, exceed 5 hours per week.
  • Participate in monthly cohort events, to be scheduled on weekday evenings in accordance with the Fellows’ class schedules.
  • Complete a blog post reflecting on their experience.

Fellows will be awarded $1500 for participation, in two $750 installments at the end of each semester, or in a single installment at the end of the Spring semester if their research work predominantly occurs later in the year.

To Apply

(Applications for the fellowship are currently closed)

Prospective fellows are required to:

  1. Submit a Resume or CV to communitycapital@unc.edu.
  2. Complete our online application form here. This form will provide applicants with the opportunity to tell us about their academic and professional interests, their subject areas of interest, and their preferred project placement.

The application window closes on August 31, 2018. Interested students may send questions to communitycapital@unc.edu.

Meet the Fellows

Find out more about the 2018-2019 fellows, the 2017-2018 fellows, or the 2016-2017 fellows.

2017-2018 CCC Graduate Fellows