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Funding Opportunities

UNC Global and its offices administer a number of awards and funding sources available to students, faculty, researchers and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in support of global research and study. Information about funding opportunities can be found below, organized by the administering unit.

If you are donor looking to support global work at Carolina, please visit Make a Gift or contact a member of the UNC Global Development team.

Global Relations

Global Partnership Awards

The Global Partnership Awards help to sustain and develop partnerships between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and international institutions by supporting graduate students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the Global Partnership Awards.

Center for Global Initiatives

The Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) offers an array of competitive funding for global opportunities to faculty, students and staff. CGI is especially interested in opening access to global opportunities for individuals, groups, units and disciplines traditionally underrepresented in such intellectual pursuits. A full list of the awards CGI administers can be found on the Center for Global Initiatives website.

CGI also manages Embark Carolina, a new resource in the University’s effort to open access to global opportunities. Explore the Global Guide to help you find an opportunity and search the Funding Finder to help you fund it.

Class of 1938 Fellowship Program

The graduating class of 1938 annually awards summer study abroad fellowships to students interested in pursuing independent career or personal projects outside the United States. Learn more about the Class of 1938 Fellowship Program and past projects on the CGI website.

Global Research Institute

The Global Research Institute supports fellows and interdisciplinary research teams working on targeted themes over one to three-year periods. Visit the Global Research Institute website to learn more about past and ongoing work.

Area Studies Centers

Each of Carolina’s six area studies centers offers funding opportunities for students, faculty and staff to travel to a partner institution located in their center’s world region. Some of the centers also have funding to develop collaborative activities, conference presentations, research, and course development. For more information about each center and funding opportunities, visit Area Studies Centers websites below: