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Jefferson Public Citizens Program


Deadline: 2016-12-07 (National)

The Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) program is a comprehensive academic public service program that integrates studentsí academic, service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. It seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through active community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. JPC projects require students to address a documented community need or social problem. JPC groups establish a hypothesis, study best practices, collect data, propose solutions, and, when appropriate, implement them. A JPC project is conducted in collaboration with a community partner(s) and can be done locally, nationally, or internationally. JPC students present their project findings in the new student journal Public, published in collaboration with the Virginia Policy Review, and at the annual U.Va. Public Service conference.


1st, 2nd, and 3rd year U.Va. undergraduate students may apply as team members. Student groups comprised of members with a diverse set of experiences and skills and who are from a range of schools, departments or majors are strongly encouraged.


Most JPC projects are conducted during the summer, but school year projects are also considered.


JPC awards can be up to $20K for a five member student team. Full budget required as part of application. Funding includes faculty advisor honoraria and graduate mentor support.

Application Process

Applications require a JPC project proposal, transcripts, a faculty letter, a community partner letter, and a JPC project budget. See web site and program handbook for complete details on how to apply.

Learn More

See above web site. Please contact Brian Cullaty for more information at