Center for Global Initiatives

The mission of the Center for Global Initiatives is to expand global opportunities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill through collaborative programs and projects and competitive awards and fellowships that connect people across borders and disciplines.

The center is especially interested in opening access to global opportunities to students, faculty and staff traditionally underrepresented in this sphere. The goal is to raise, for example, the number of students from diverse academic backgrounds studying abroad, students with disabilities conducting global internships, males taking more foreign languages, first generation college students earning Fulbright awards, students with significant financial need performing global public service and Native Americans applying to join the foreign service.

Founded in 1993, the Center for Global Initiatives has received more than $30 million in grants from agencies and private donors including Carnegie, Ford, Freeman, Gates, MacArthur, Mellon, NSF, Z. Smith Reynolds, Rockefeller, Rotary International, United Nations University, USAID, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of State and the World Bank.