Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship

The Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship supports talented graduate students with an interest in urban livability.

The one-year fellowship provides funding, learning opportunities, and practical experience. Fellows design a community project that impacts urban livability in Chapel Hill. Fellows also take part in discussion forums, guest lectures, and mentoring.

Learn more about the Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship program.

The award is endowed through generous gifts from Professors Emeriti Charles and Shirley Weiss.


You are eligible if you are applying to a doctoral or masters program. You may be a student in any discipline, but your research and career interests must address urban livability.

You must be willing and able to actively participate in the interdisciplinary Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship Program. This includes taking part in two (on average) interdisciplinary seminars per month, as a condition for receiving the supplemental fellowship.

Award Amount

This fellowship provides a stipend, tuition and health insurance for one year.

Stipend $4,000
(Plus stipend from your program)
Tuition Full tuition (academic rate only; does not include school-based tuition)
Fees Included
Health insurance Included
Length of support One 9-month academic year
TA or RA position Permitted

Depending on funding, this award may change from year to year.


You cannot apply directly. Your program may nominate a limited number of applicants. The Weiss faculty board then selects fellows from among nominees from across campus. Eight fellows are selected each year.

Please let your department know if you are interested in being nominated.


If you are offered this award, you must give written acceptance to The Graduate School by April 15th.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact your program or email gradfunding@unc.edu.