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Caldwell Fellows Program

We develop the next generation of self-aware, globally-minded humans who engage in creative, conscientious leadership.

Learn more about us and our application process by watching this short informational video.

Our application is now open!

A legacy of creative leadership.

Building on the legacy of NC State Chancellor John T. Caldwell, the Caldwell Fellows program invests in students selected during their first year at NC State who share a passion for learning, growing, and serving others. The Caldwell Fellows program challenges scholars to “Think BIG” and facilitates the goal of maximizing the college experience by providing intensive programming and leadership training and fostering collaborative interaction with alumni, faculty, and community partners.

“You just don’t know how magnificent you might be. Think big! Think big about your possibilities in this world.”

John T. Caldwell

Former NC State Chancellor, 1959-1975

Fellows in DC

Our guiding values

Servant leadership

Principled reflection

Personal development

Rigorous integrity

Academic excellence

We strive toward these values by engaging in a continuous process of hands-on learning involving active engagement, personal reflection, meaningful feedback, and active listening.

It's official - the Caldwell Fellows Program application for the Class of 2026 is now live! If you're a first-year student ready to "Think Big!", consider applying. Learn more at Deadline to apply is January 9, 2023.
We are proud of Caldwell Fellows alumna Nora Gardner '94 for being awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the College of Sciences recently. (Left, Dean Chris McGahan, and right, Nora Gardner). Read more at
Chester popped in to observe and say hello to some of the members of the service learning team stationed at the Open Door Clinic yesterday while they hosted a flu and covid vaccine clinic! (left to right, Greta, Lily, Ella, and Lauren).
Happy Halloween y'all!
We are two weeks away from the opening of the Caldwell Fellows application in Pack Assist for the Class of 2026. Applications are open from November 14 through January 9. Learn more about eligibility, requirements, and more at
Here here! Big Caldwell shout out to our environmental justice service-learning team. They've been working in partnership with the @dixpark conservancy to get out the vote on park bonds that help support access to green spaces for all Raleigh residents!
Y'all - the Caldwell Fellows c/o '25 is rising to the challenge in the Sophomore Seminar! We had the chance to visit many of their service sites on a field trip yesterday. Big kudos to all the amazing work they are doing in our communities!