Graduate Student Funding Sources

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Awards Administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Area Studies Centers

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, FLAS Fellowships are awarded by UNC’s Area Study Centers in a competitive process for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to pursue the study of less commonly taught languages and area studies coursework. FLAS fellowships include a stipend of $15,000 (academic year) or $2,500 (summer) and payment of tuition and fees. The Area Studies Centers administer FLAS fellowships for relevant languages/research areas, while the Center for Global Initiatives administers awards for Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Hindi-Urdu, Polish, Russian and languages not covered by the other Centers.

Boren Awards for International Study

Administered by the Institute of International Education, Boren Awards are funded by the National Security Education Program within the Department of Defense. Boren Scholarships offer support for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education through specialization in area study, language study or increased language proficiency.

Carolina Asia Center

  • Event Co-Sponsorship: The center offers up to $300 to support visiting speakers, film festivals, arts performances and other public events that will augment the intellectual life of the campus at all levels, and will raise the visibility of East, South and South-East Asian studies.
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships: Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive summer language study for students. Priority is given to Asian languages offered at UNC and other Asian languages that help students achieve their career goals, such as employment with the U.S. government. Up to $5,000 for tuition and fees and a $2,500 living allowance are provided.
  • Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship: The student-run Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship provides opportunities for qualified students to develop and implement civi engagement projects in South Asian communities in the U.S. and/or a south Asian country. On average, two qualified undergraduate or graduate students per year receive $3,000 each.

Carolina Center for Public Service

  • Community Engagement Fellowship
    The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of five fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students (individuals or teams) at UNC are eligible to apply with preference given to interdisciplinary teams of students. The fellowships run from March-October with project implementation occurring during the summer.
  • Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
    The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines.
  • Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
    The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate or graduate student public service projects, both local and international. Two awards will be given to support innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self.”

Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

  • Event Funding: The center offers event funding opportunities for UNC units and organizations seeking support for projects that increase awareness of the history and culture of the Middle East and Muslim civilizations.
  • Roshan Institute Fellowships for Excellence in Persian Studies: The Roshan Institute Fellowship supports talented graduate students through a recruitment or top-up stipend, for one year, which is designed to complement standard departmental graduate fellowship offers. The stipend is $5000 in addition to any stipend offered through the applicant’s department. Eligible applicants must be applying to a doctoral program at UNC. They may be students in any discipline, but their research and career interests must address Persian studies.

Carolina Experience Enrichment Scholarship 

Carolina undergraduate and graduate students participating in study or internship abroad for the first time up to six months after graduation are eligible  to seek a $1,000 CEES Summer Fellowship Award. Applications from exceptional non-traditional, Carolina Covenant, student parent, and transfer students are preferred during selection.

Carolina Population Center Pre-doctoral Traineeship

Reflecting the unique interdisciplinary nature of the center, CPC trainees and faculty are drawn from many departments. A focus on population must be central to each trainee’s program of study, but doctoral students from any UNC department are eligible to apply.

Center for European Studies

  • Faculty and Graduate Student Joint Projects: The center makes two awards to teams of graduate students and faculty working on joint projects on European topics leading to publication. Awards will be in the amount of $2,500.
  • Graduate Student Research Travel AwardThe center offers funding to graduate students to present papers in the U.S. or Europe on some aspect of the European Union. Awards for travel in the U.S. are $500-$750 and for travel to Europe, $1,000-$1,500.

Center for Global Initiatives 
The Center for Global Initiatives supports faculty research and curriculum development as well as student language training, field research and professional development.

  • Pre-Dissertation Travel Awards: The center provides grants to put doctoral students in the field to do a preliminary exploration of potential research materials in preparation for writing a proposal and a subsequent dissertation. Awards range from $2,000 to $4,000.
  • Student Research CirclesIn order to enrich the flow of research ideas among students, the center offers grants of up to $1,000 to interdisciplinary student research circles to support speaker series, brown bags, workshops, publications, film screenings and service-learning projects for an academic year.
  • Matching Funds: The center offers funding for faculty and student projects that deepen knowledge and understanding of our complex world. Projects must have financial support from another UNC unit, and matching funds generally do not exceed $250.
  • Carolina Global Initiative Award: The Carolina Global Initiative Award provides funding to students to complete a global opportunity, ideally during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad. Applicants with financial need and little to no global experience are strongly preferred. Awards are typically made from $1,500 to $6,000 each, but higher amounts will be considered.
  • Vimy Global Team Award: This award supports UNC undergraduate and Master’s-level students in completing self-directed or designed group projects internationally during the summer. The award provides up to $15,000 in funding for travel as well as supplies needed to implement the project.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
    This program, administered by the Institute of International Education, is designed to give B.S./B.A. graduates, masters and doctoral candidates and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grants last nine to twelve months and are available in 140 countries. UNC students must apply for through the Center for Global Initiatives.
  • Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Program
    Also administered by IIE, this grant is available to Ph.D. candidates who wish to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies, excluding Western Europe, lasting six to 12 months. The grant provides travel expenses, stipend, tuition, books, research related expenses and health insurance. UNC students must apply through the Center for Global Initiatives.

Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center

  • Rotary World Peace Scholarships
    The Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution offer individuals committed to peace and cooperation the opportunity to pursue a two-year master’s-level degree in international studies, peace studies and conflict resolution at one of the six Rotary Centers around the world.

Gillings School of Global Public Health

In addition to the global funding and internship opportunities noted below, each department in the Gillings School maintains a list of funding opportunities specific to their field, many of which have global emphases. Awards that are specific to an academic department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health may vary from year to year.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Health Behavior
Health Policy and Management
Maternal and Child Health
Public Health Leadership

  • Department of Maternal and Child Health Global Health Internship Award
    This award was established in 2008 to support expenses related to travel and subsistence for global health field placements that integrate international and domestic MCH issues and solutions. The Fund recognizes the importance of bringing together maternal and child health and health education. The student must plan to develop a tangible deliverable during his or her field placement, for example, a training manual or health educational materials. The field placement should allow the student to gain a deeper understanding of public health programming and policy development for improving the lives of women and children worldwide.
  • Katherine Anne Wildman Memorial Scholarship
    This award was established in 2003 to support a scholarship in maternal and child health, in honor and memory of Dr. Katherine Ann Wildman. Outstanding masters and doctoral students with a demonstrated commitment to the study of MCH may apply.
  • Family Health International 360– UNC Public Health Fellowship Program
    This fellowship program provides students with the opportunity to work with FHI’s world-renowned researchers in global health topics such as HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases and reproductive, maternal and adolescent health. As a part-time research/program assistant, students will have hands-on learning experiences that will expand their research skills as well as make important contributions to specific research studies.
  • Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program
    UNC, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse University School of Medicine and Tulane University have formed a consortium to launch the Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program (FGHF). FGHF is an 11-month mentored clinical research training program for pre- and postdoctoral candidates. FGHF is best suited for advanced post-doctoral researchers in a junior faculty position who have completed an Institutional Research Training Grant in any of the health science disciplines. Funding can also be used for travel and research supplements for junior faculty with K awards who wish to spend the year overseas and for early-stage postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students from schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine.

Graduate and Professional Student Federation

  • GPSF Travel Awards
    Travel Awards are offered by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation to assist with conference and research travel expenses for graduate and professional students, intended for those without other financial support for travel. Travel Awards are competitive; each year, GPSF receives more qualified applications than we can fund.

Graduate School

  • Graduate School Awards 
    The Graduate School offers a number of travel, research and dissertation fellowships and funding opportunities. A list of resources for national fellowship opportunities is also available.

Funding Information Portal 

The Funding Information Portal is a central repository of resources maintained by the Graduate Funding Information Center and the Office of Research Development that aids UNC faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in seeking information on funding sources for independent research, collaborative projects, fellowships, program development and other scholarly activities.

Institut Français d’Amérique

  • Institut Français d’Amérique Fellowships
    Students in the final stage of work on their Ph.D. dissertation or who have held a Ph.D. no longer than three years before the application deadline are eligible to apply for one of two to four $1,500 awards for maintenance (not travel) during research in France for a period of at least one month. Fields of dissertation study include French studies in the areas of art, economics, history, history of science, linguistics, literature and social sciences.

Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

The Office of Global Health provides limited funding for graduate and undergraduate international/global health internships and practica, including the Malawi Summer Institute, and specific fellowships and internships. The Institute also maintains a list of resources for on-campus and off-campus funding and internship opportunities.

Institute for the Study of the Americas

  • Mellon Conference Travel Awards: Graduate students from any department or school presenting papers at conferences or professional meetings in the U.S. or abroad may apply. Applications will be accepted while funding is available. Awards average between $300-$700 each.
  • Dissertation Fellowships: PhD. candidates conducting dissertation research or writing directly related to Latin America, Caribbean or Latino studies may apply for awards between $2,000-$4,000 each.
  • Latino Migration Research Award: The Latino Migration Project offers a limited number of awards to defray the research expenses of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and students who are conducting research on issues related to Latin American and Latino migration. The awards cannot be used to pay study participants.

Internal Funding Opportunities at Carolina

This searchable database is the primary funding information resource for research and scholarly activities conducted by UNC staff, students and faculty.

The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship 

The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship was established in 1998 by Sangam, UNC’s South Asian awareness student group. The Fellowship awards two students each year up to $3,000 to execute a project of their own design that benefits South Asians in some way, whether it is through direct service or increasing awareness of South Asian culture and issues.

Office of Distinguished Scholarships 

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships serves as an information clearinghouse for prestigious scholarship opportunities, advises students on their applications and facilitates contacts with faculty mentors. Opportunities include Rhodes, Luce, Churchill, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships.

The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies

The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies offers a variety of programs and funding opportunities that encourage continued collaboration between Japan Studies faculty and students at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU.

UNC Global

  • Global Partnership Awards
    Global Partnership Awards are designed to help sustain and develop partnerships between UNC and international institutions. Awards support faculty, staff and graduate students engaging in collaborations with colleagues at international institutions, with preference given to proposals that include designated UNC strategic or emerging partners. Note that a faculty member must apply on behalf of a graduate student.


Awards Administered by Outside Parties

Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship provides generous funding and support for qualified students who wish to pursue doctoral research in China. Awards range from six months to two years, and students from a wide range of academic areas focusing on China are encouraged to apply.

COS Funding Opportunities

COS is one of the most comprehensive databases of funding opportunities from government and private sources for disciplines including arts and humanities, medicine, social sciences and sciences. Funding opportunities are offered by sponsors throughout the world for recipients throughout the world for many purposes such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship Program 

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Offered by the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion summer program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students studying 13 specifically identified critical languages. UNC students apply independently but can contact the Center for Global Initiatives for support.

DAAD (German Academic Service Exchange)

DAAD offers a wide range of funding opportunities for academic travel to Germany open to students, faculty, and administrators of higher education institutions in the United States. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; taking into consideration academic merit, proposal feasibility and quality, and the application as a whole. Graduates may apply for a Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master’s degree program. Specific professional summer internships are available such as the RISE Science and Engineering program, and the InternXchange Journalism Internship and the Bundestag Internship with the German Parliament. Graduates may also apply to Intensive Language Courses, as well as consideration for German Studies Research Grants. Law students in their second and their year of legal study may apply for the Summer Law School Scholarship.

Funding for U.S. Study Online

A resource for international students, this is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants maintained by the Institute of International Education. Funding for U.S. Study includes all types of funding programs for all levels of post-secondary study across the full range of academic areas.

International Research and Exchanges Board

IREX sponsors a broad range of fellowship opportunities for masters, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research, as well as for senior scholars, professionals and policymakers.

National Science Foundation

The NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) supports programs to expand and enhance leading-edge international collaborative research and education opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers, especially at the early career stage.

P.E.O. International

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established to provide scholarships for international female students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council offers a variety of fellowships, grants and associated activities with special emphasis on the growing internationalization of social issues. Fellowship and grants programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the U.S. and Japan, to security, drugs and democracy in Latin America, to approaches to the study of contentious politics. The International Dissertation Research Fellowship supports scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies.

Sponsored Programs Information Network 

Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN), from InfoEd International, is a large multidisciplinary funding database containing over 11,000 funding sources from federal and private agencies.

Whitaker International Program Grants for Biomedical Engineering

Administered by the Institute of International Education, the Whitaker International Program provides funding for graduate study and post-doctoral work abroad in biomedical engineering and related fields for research, internships, or formal study.