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Peacock REACH Fellowship

We will not offer the Peacock REACH Fellowship in the 2015-16 academic year as we are reconceiving it as a way to support graduate students at UNC. 

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This two year Fellowship allows a Ph.D. candidate to conduct field research in one year and then teach a course that is directly related to that research in the second year.

This fellowship is named in honor of UNC anthropology professor James L. Peacock for his distinguished and longstanding commitment to global education.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Only Ph.D. candidates who are ABD may apply. Such candidates should also be ready to defend their dissertation by the end of the two year fellowship.

True to its pan-university nature, the Center for Global Initiatives solicits applications from Ph.D. candidates from all disciplines and departments.

Available Funding

Estimated Available Funds: $15,000 per year for 2 years (i.e. a total of $30,000)
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Estimated Number of Applicants: 10

The first $15,000 installment of a REACH fellowship provides recipients with a one-year award to support internationally-oriented dissertation field research abroad. The second $15,000 installment provides recipients with a one-year salary to teach an undergraduate course at UNC-Chapel Hill that is informed by this research.

Note: The Reach Fellowship does not provide health insurance or tuition remission in addition to the award amount. However, the Center for Global Initiatives can deduct funds from the $15,000 award in order to cover both health insurance and tuition if needed.

Award Type

In the first year, the award is made as a stipend, awarded in the form of a check that is issued twice per year. In the second year, the award is coordinated through the Fellow's home department.

Evaluation of Applicants

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

Need and Importance (5 points)
  • Is there a clear need for the applicant to receive this fellowship at this point in his/her studies?
  • Does the proposal clearly lay out an important research question and the theoretical and/or policy relevance of the work?
Feasibility and Planning (5 points)
  • Is the research method and plan adequate and appropriate to achieve the applicant’s expected goals?
  • Does the applicant have the language and/or technical skills to carry out the proposed research?
Impact (5 points)
  • With this award, will the applicant make significant progress toward completing a dissertation?
  • Will the resulting course be of value to undergraduates’ education?  (The course is usually taught in the spring semester of the second year in the Curriculum in Global Studies.)
Budget (5 points)
  • Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?

Application Instructions

Specific instructions and details are included as part of the online application.  The major parts are:

  • Basic bio/demo data
  • Current resume/C.V. 
  • Current unofficial transcript
  • Brief academic timeline
  • Project title and abstract
  • Project narrative (1500-word maximum)
  • Pedagogical statement (1000-word maximum)
  • Detailed budget
  • Details on country and dates of proposed travel
  • Project timeline
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty*
  • Two letters of support from students you have previously taught* (guidance document)

*You will enter the contact information for the letter writers in the online application, but all four should personally email their letters in DOC or PDF format to Tripp Tuttle () with the subject "REACH Letter for <YOUR NAME>".  Further details about the letters can be found within the Online Application.

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.  

Check out the latest short film by current REACH fellow, Ali Neff. Ali is doing REACH-funded fieldwork in Senegal for the 2011-2012 academic year and will teach a course during the 2012-2013 academic year.


  • Guidance for Student Letters of Support
  • This document outlines some information that may be helpful for those students who are writing Letters of Support for a REACH Fellowship applicant.

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