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Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship

PLEASE NOTE: This award will no longer be offered in its current form. A new, award aligned with the Center's priority of opening access to global opportunities will be launched in late January with an application deadline in mid-March. Please subscribe to our eBulletin to be notified when the application period opens.


Application Deadline: TBA

Information below is subject to change until the competition opens and the deadline is announced.


The Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship (CUHF) enables promising UNC undergraduates to create a self-designed health-related project anywhere in the world. The fellowship is an investment in talented students whose medical and cultural experience will strengthen the future of health care both in the United States and the world.

The goals of CUHF are to prepare students to become successful leaders in the health care profession by:

  • Exposing them to practical (rather than purely observational) health scenarios
  • Increasing their cultural sensitivity and adaptability through direct interaction with unfamiliar cultures and people
  • Presenting them with experience with different health care and medical systems


  • Any returning UNC undergraduate may apply, regardless of major
  • Preference is given to applicants whose financial needs would otherwise not allow them to pursue such a project


Students who apply for the CUHF may NOT also apply to the following Center for Global Initiatives awards:

  • Internship Award
  • CV Starr Scholarship
  • Group Project Abroad

Because there is some overlap between these funding opportunities, students must choose only one for which to apply during any given academic year.

Available Funding

Estimated Available Funds: $12,000
Typical Award Amount: $1,000-$3,000
Typical Number of Awards: 4
Typical Number of Applicants: 12

The Center for Global Initiatives is not bound by these estimates and is often unable to award the full amount of funds requested.

Evaluation of Applicants

Reviewers assign points to each application based on the following rubric:

Need (5 points)
  • Is there a clear financial, academic, and professional need for the applicant to receive this award in order to undertake this project?

Feasibility and Planning (5 points)
  • Is the project adequate and appropriate to achieve the student’s expected goals?

  • Is the student prepared to undertake this project?

Impact (5 points)
  • Will the project advance the student’s academic and professional career?

  • Will the health care profession benefit from this student’s project?

Budget (5 points)
  • Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?

Award Notification

Applicants will receive award or rejection notices within 4 weeks of the deadline via email.

Award Requirements

Awardees are responsible for securing proper IRB approval for your project, if required. Potential IRB issues should be discussed in your project proposal.  Resources are available on our IRB page.

CGI embraces a culture of "giving-back." If selected for funding, you must choose both a service and a research requirement from among a menu of options including presenting through the Carolina Navigators program, creating a Culture Kit, or assisting with a CGI sponsored event.  Please note that these are subject to change and will be communicated to you at a special award acceptance session for recipients.

Further, you MUST attend the day-long GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Pre-Departure Orientation on April 5, 2014. Please reserve this date in your calendar at the time of application. Those who attended GO! in a past year are not required to attend again, however they are strongly encouraged to and will have the opportunity to attend different workshops to expand their competencies.

Finally, you must submit a brief online report at the completion of your project.

Application Instructions

Applications are completed online and include:

  • Basic bio information
  • Project title and short summary
  • Short answer questions
  • Letter of Affiliation from the organization where you will work
    (only required if you are proposing work with an organization - It is in your best interest that this letter is both specific to you and detailed as to the type of work you will do for the organization and why the organization will benefit from your presence)
  • List of three references
    (You should not solicit a letter from these individuals, but they may be contacted by CGI staff in regards to your application.  It is in your best interest that at least some of these references work in the field and region of your proposal)
  • Detailed budget
  • List of additional funding sources
  • Unofficial transcript (see instructions here)

Contact Information

Tripp Tuttle
Program Officer, Center for Global Initiatives


CGI aims to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to and benefit from global opportunities. As such, we actively encourage applications from these populations.  

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