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Caldwell Fellows Program

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

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.

The 2023 application is now closed.

Today we want to wish Dr. Gerald Hawkins, the first Director of the Caldwell Fellows Program, a very happy birthday!
We are proud to share a short interview conducted by Caldwell Fellows alum Anne Powers '90 with Caldwell Fellows alum DT Oliver `16 about his work with Feeding America. A great example of servant leadership in action. Thanks to both of you for your work on this! Read more at
We are winding down the Fall 2022 semester with leaves of gratitude.
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