Undergraduate Funding Sources

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Awards Administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Campus Y

  • Global Engagement Fellowship: The Global Engagement Fellowship (GEF) is a program to support UNC undergraduate students working abroad with grassroots organizations. Students who may not otherwise pursue or have the means to afford a global engagement experience are encouraged to apply. The number and amount of awards will depend on the students’ proposed budgets. Students may receive up to $2500.
  • Global Gap Year Fellowship: UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship (GGYF) supports seven incoming first-year students to pursue a “gap year” committed to public service anywhere in the world.

Carolina Asia Center

  • Phillips Ambassadors Program: This program combines a scholarship with an academic component centered around a study abroad experience in Asia. Scholarships of up to $5,000 for summer programs and $7,500 for semester programs are awarded to undergraduates accepted to eligible programs in Asia. 25 percent of scholarships are awarded to qualified business majors and minors, and students applying to programs in China and India that incorporate field research, experiential learning or an internship receive preference. The Phillips Ambassadors scholarship program is managed by the Carolina Asia Center in association with UNC’s Study Abroad Office within the College of Arts and Sciences.S
  • Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies: Become fluent in Mandarin and gain practical, independent work experience in China, home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the 21stcentury’s fastest-growing economy. Weir Fellows spend the spring semester in Beijing for intensive language study and then complete an eight-week summer internship in either Beijing or Shanghai, exploring careers in fields such as banking, law, journalism, public health and historic preservation. Up to three fellowships are awarded annually. Students contribute one semester’s tuition and the fellowship covers all other program expenses. The Weir Honors Fellowships in Asian Studies are administered by Honors Carolina.

Carolina Center for Public Service

  • Davis Projects for Peace Award: Davis Projects for Peace is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each.
  • J. Desai Global Service-Learning Travel Award: The J. Desai Global Service-Learning Travel Award was established in 2007 and is made possible through a contribution from Jatin Desai who created a permanent endowment for this purpose. The funds are used to defray travel costs for APPLES program participants who are extending their work with communities abroad. Two $500 awards are given to two recipients each year. Upon their return to campus, recipients are expected to submit three to five photos representing their experience, as well as an accompanying narrative or caption for each.
  • Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship: The fellowship is named for the late Mingma Norbu Sherpa, a pioneering conservationist in the Himalaya who served as an official with the World Wildlife Fund. Eligible applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students at UNC and continuing their studies at UNC in the semester following their fellowship.
  • Robert E. Bryan Fellowship: The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship in the APPLES Service-Learning program is designed for undergraduate student teams interested in creating social impact locally and/or globally through the creation of an innovative project that addresses a community-identified need. Fellowship recipients enroll in a service-learning course on project management during the spring semester of the fellowship year and receive up to $1,500 to help launch their project. They also gain access to professional development funds, support from APPLES students and staff and invaluable leadership training and personal development.
  • Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award: Four Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards are given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan Awards recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization.
  • Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Awards: The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self.” The award, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, is named for the late Ronald W. Hyatt, professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others. Two awards will be given this year, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project.

Carolina Covenant

  • 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 CEES Summer Fellowship Award. Applications from exceptional non-traditional, Carolina Covenant, student parent and transfer students are preferred during selection.

Center for European Studies

The Center for European Studies maintains a list of undergraduate funding resources for study, research and internships abroad.

  • Brussels Study Tour Grants: Each year, the UNC Center for European Studies chooses a North Carolina cohort of undergraduate students, K-12 teachers, community college instructors and MSI/HCBU faculty to join a study tour to Brussels, Belgium. This tour, organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Study Center (and formerly by UNC) is a five-day professional development opportunity to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. For those students and educators with a strong interest in European Studies, this study tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences to further your understanding of Europe and the European Union.

Carolina Global Food Program 

The Carolina Global Food Program aims to bring to light undergraduate research in the area of food studies, with a commitment to furthering the depth and scope of food within a global context.

  • Carolina Global Food Program Scholarship: This scholarship provides a $5,000 summer stipend to explore food topics via onsite fieldwork. Students may choose to work domestically or internationally. Service and policy proposals will be given a high priority.

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.

  • 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.
  • Class of 1938 Summer Study Abroad Fellowships: The Class of 1938 Fellowships were established by members of UNC’s Class of 1938 to increase international awareness. Awards of up to $5,000 enable undergraduates to pursue independent career or personal projects outside the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and there is a preference for students with financial need.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: This program, administered by the Institute for International Education, is designed to give undergraduates, master’s students, doctoral candidates, 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 Fulbright awards through the Center for Global Initiatives.
  • 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 $500.

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

  • Bender Curry Family Undergraduate Public Health Global Internship Award: The Bender Curry Family Award is designed to support a summer internship experience in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country for an undergraduate student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The internship will fund up to $1,000 of a student’s summer internship costs.
  • Microfinance-Health Internship: Pro Mujer is a development organization offering women across Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru an integrated package of microfinance services, primary healthcare and business and health education. Pro Mujer is currently piloting or rolling out a number of new initiatives in its health services delivery and health education programming across its five countries of operation. The internship will support its health team in the implementation and the evaluation of these initiatives.

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.

Honors Carolina

  • Anne L. and S. Epes Robinson Honors Fellowship for Western History and Culture: Delve deeply into the history and culture of Europe and the Mediterranean from the golden age of Greece to the upheaval of World War I. Robinson Honors Fellows pursue a project of their own design exploring the realms of art, art history, classics, literature, history, medieval and early modern studies, music, philosophy, political thought and religious studies. Designed for students who possess extraordinary capability and imagination, the Robinson Honors Fellowship provides up to $6,000 to support domestic or international learning experiences that aren’t readily available through other campus opportunities. All UNC undergraduates are eligible.
  • Burch Fellows Program: The Burch Fellows Program was established by UNC alumnus Lucius E. Burch III. All UNC undergraduates are eligible to apply. The Burch Fellowships recognize undergraduate students who possess extraordinary ability, promise and imagination and grant up to $6,000 to support self-designed off-campus experiences that enable students to pursue a passionate interest.
  • Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship in Sports Entrepreneurship: The Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship allows students with a passion for the business of sports to create their own summer internship built around international sports entrepreneurship. Designed for ambitious students who possess a strong work ethic and sense of adventure, the Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship provides up to $5,000 to support self-designed, international learning experiences embedded in a sports business. All UNC undergraduates are eligible.
  • Honors Thesis Research Grants: Students undertaking senior honors projects are invited to apply for funding to help offset expenses incurred as part of their research. Awards are usually limited to $500. Students apply directly to their departmental Honors adviser.

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.

Institute for the Study of the Americas

  • Undergraduate Research Awards: The institute provides support for undergraduate students performing research in Latin America or the Caribbean. Opportunities include the Julia Crane Award, Mellon Undergraduate Award and the Halpern Award, and amounts range from $750 to $3,000.

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.

Office for Undergraduate Research

  • Student Conference Travel Award: The Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) announces the availability of awards (up to $500) to undergraduate students to defray the cost of travel to present results of their research or creative performance at a professional conference in their field. The travel awards are made possible by a generous gift from the McGee Family Undergraduate Research Fund.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships: SURFs are major awards (at least $3,000) to enable undergraduates to engage in research, scholarship or creative performance under the guidance of faculty advisors, and possibly also graduate student mentors, for at least 9 weeks (20 hours/week) during the summer. Applications for the SURFs are considered once a year in the early spring.

School of Media and Journalism

The school offers more than 100 scholarships and awards each year to students in the school or students who will be in the school the following year. Several awards have an international focus, including:

  • Canady International Award: Awarded to students in the school who are engaged in international academic opportunities (for credit) related to journalism and mass communication. Applicants must be employed and earning their own funds.
  • Chuck Stone Citizen of the World Award: Awarded to a student or students in the school who propose to travel to other countries to pursue programs of study or to work on projects related to the study of journalism and mass communication.
  • Edward Jackson International Award: This scholarship honors Ed Jackson, a veteran foreign correspondent for United Press International and Time magazine. Awarded to a student in the school who is in the journalism specialization who will spend a summer traveling abroad. Must be a resident of North Carolina.

Robertson Scholars

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program seeks students who have demonstrated the passion and potential to become great leaders in college and beyond. Our hope is that all Robertson Scholars will play significant and impactful roles in their communities and society, today and in the future.

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

  • Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship: The Undergraduate International Studies Fellowship provides awards of up to $2,500 to support study abroad programs for undergraduates, especially students with financial need who are members of underrepresented groups in international study. Students must be U.S. citizens, and priority is given to programs in areas of the African Diaspora.

Student Affairs

  • Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship: The Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC who attended high school in North Carolina to engage in individual self-designed and directed international travel experiences for periods ranging from two months to six months. Approximately 20 Phillips Scholarships for up to $9,000 each are awarded every year on the basis of a competitive written application and committee interview. The program is jointly administered by the Student Affairs and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Student Life

  • John Curtis Student Enrichment Fund (SEF): The Jon Curtis Student Enrichment Fund (SEF) is a student-led initiative of Student Government and the Carolina Union that provides monthly $200-$600 grants to students to pursue personal, professional, and academic interests away from Carolina. Our grants are awarded without restrictions based on major, course of study, or academic department. No other program on campus provides this level of flexibility.
  • 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.

Study Abroad Office

Study abroad is financially manageable for all students with UNC’s financial aid options and scholarships available through the Study Abroad Office.


University Career Services

University Career Services maintains a list of internship funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education. This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.


Awards Administered by Outside Parties

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 U.S. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis; taking into consideration academic merit, proposal feasibility and quality, and the application as a whole. Semester, summer and year-long Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarships are available for junior and seniors, while graduating seniors may apply for a Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master’s degree program. Specific area undergraduate and 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.

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.

Institute of International Education

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: This program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded for semester and year-long programs, depending on the program length and student need. Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens and receive Federal Pell Grant funding are eligible to apply.
  • Boren Awards for International Study: 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.
  • Funding for U.S. Study Online: A resource for international students, this is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants. 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.

National Science Foundation

The NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering 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.

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.

U.S. Department of State

  • Critical Language Scholarship Program: 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.