The Community Engaged Scholarship* program at the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service offers support and advocacy to promote the work of GW's faculty and students. GW has a proud tradition of high-quality service-learning courses, as well as community-engaged research, creative work, and practice in the professions.

We serve students and faculty who are doing Community Engaged Scholarship in a variety of ways:

The Nashman Faculty Update- promotes and supports CES work of faculty and students across all GW schools and programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. The place for news on funding sources inside and outside of GW for CES work, opportunities to publish CES work in academic journals or present at conferences, news about academic civic engagement and public service at universities around the country.

Faculty Programs and Resources - Join faculty across the university for community conversations held at the Churchill Center at the Gelman library to discuss the scholarship of engagement and/or take part in monthly Faculty Learning Communities convened around topics of interest by and for faculty with the logistical support of the CES team.

Resources for Faculty Find conferences and literature about Community Engaged Scholarship to help you improve your practice and present your CES work for tenure and promotion.

GW based Grants, Awards, and Fellowships for Community Engaged Scholarship- The Nashman Center supports faculty and students in their scholarly endeavors through a variety of awards designed to support CES work.

Community Engaged Scholarship Courses - A Nashman Community Engaged Scholarship course is a collaboration between faculty, students and community members in mutually beneficial partnerships to address issues of the common good

*Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

– Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Sustainable Development Goals
76,790 People | 43,055 Impacts | 307,740 Hours

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GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring, and funding.

Approximately $75,000 in funding is available every year for your social innovation projects and community engagement ideas. In addition, we provide mentorship and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference.

Proposal Deadline for several annual grants: Nov 15th

Craft your proposal with the help of our workshop series!

Through our four-part workshop series, we will explore the art and science of design thinking's 4D model to discover, define, develop, and deliver your social innovation project proposal. Whether you have an established project, have a social issue you feel strongly about, or simply are in the ideation phase, join us to learn how to craft a change-making project to receive funding.

• Social Innovation I: Design Thinking | October 5, 2022 @ 5pm. Get an overview of the 4D process and begin discovering your social issue.
• Social Innovation II: Discovery & Definition | October 12, 2022 @ 5pm. Learn to define and nuance your research to hone in on your "what".
• Social Innovation III: Develop with Community Partnership | October 17, 2022 @ 3pm. Discover how to consider solutions and collaborations to inform your "how".
• Social Innovation IV: Deliver—Writing your Proposal | October 28, 2022 @ 2pm. Master how to formalize your project budget, timeline, and narrative.

Note: While it is not required for you to attend all 4 sessions—it is highly recommended you do for a holistic design thinking process to successfully prepare your social innovation project proposal.
The Julian Clement Chase Prize for undergraduate writing focused on the District of Columbia
Submission date: May 25, 2020

This annual $1,000 prize recognizes exceptional research writing projects focused on the District of Columbia in all undergraduate classes and in all disciplines at the George Washington University.

The main criteria: engagement with DC. Writing from social sciences or humanities might engage DC in terms of place, history, neighborhoods, and cultures; students from arts might engage DC in terms of its artistic expressions, or research related to art that they have created representing DC; students from sciences might submit research projects that address quality of life issues in DC. Collaborative or team projects are welcome, with a clear explanation of how entrants worked together.

For more information: or contact Randi Kristensen
Students-if you are in a community engaged scholarship course don't forget to fill out your waiver at this link