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Facts at a Glance

The Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) program combines academics with public service to deepen learning, infusing students’ service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. JPC seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. The program prepares students to work with local, national, and international communities to effect positive change in the world. With public service identified as a priority of the Campaign for the University of Virginia by the Commission on the Future of the University, the Board of Visitors approved the program in October 2008.

The Office of the Provost, through the Office of Undergraduate Research, administers the JPC program along with another related grant program that help students and faculty incorporate public service into the University’s curriculum—the Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG).

The Vision

The University is seeking funds to support students interested in participating in the JPC program, which was launched in fall 2009. Advised by engaged faculty scholars and mentored by graduate students, undergraduates at the University of Virginia design JPC projects that will both serve communities and advance understanding of social, economic, and political issues confronting the world.

Campaign Goal

The University seeks private support for student teams; graduate student fellowships; faculty fellowships; common courses; training workshops and seminars; the JPC conference; and Public, the JPC journal. A gift of $50 million will endow the entire program. Any gift, no matter the size, will provide assistance for student projects.

Your support is vital!

For more information, please contact:
Office of University Development and Public Affairs
400 Ray C. Hunt Drive
P. O. Box 400807
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4807
434-924-7306 800-688-9882


Community-Based Undergraduate Research Grants (CBURG)
A gift of $5,000 will provide funds for student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organization, to identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue.

JPC Graduate Student Fellowship
A gift of $42,000 will provide funds for tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend to a graduate student, enabling him or her to serve as a mentor, team leader, and project coordinator.

JPC Faculty Fellowship
A gift of $50,000 will provide full semester relief time to a faculty member, enabling him or her to develop a sustainable, academically based service program that will incorporate the faculty member’s scholarship and include JPC team projects where appropriate.

JPC Student Team Project Grants

A gift of $55,000 will fund a JPC student team for one year by providing project material funding, research stipends, travel money, and some support for faculty advisors and graduate student mentors.

JPC Public Issues Common Course Grant

A gift of $200,000 will support a multi-disciplinary, team-taught course with a social issue as its focus (e.g. poverty, healthcare, affordable housing, etc.). Funding will support course development, faculty salaries, graduate teaching assistants, and guest lecturers.

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