Inspired by the adventures and pioneering spirit of UNC alumnus Peter McMillan ’81, the Vimy Award is given annually to one interdisciplinary team of students (Vimy Scholars) working collaboratively to pursue research or service projects outside the United States. Made possible by the Global Education Fund, up to $15,000 is provided to fund a summer team project abroad. Actual award amounts vary depending on the scope of the project and clarity of the proposed budget.
This award is intended to support UNC Undergraduate and Master’s-level students in completing self-directed or designed group projects internationally during the summer. The award provides funding for travel as well as supplies needed to implement the project.
The Center embraces diversity in all of its forms and encourages applications from those less commonly represented in international work.
To be eligible for funding, the proposed project must:
We encourage project teams which include both Undergraduate and Master’s students as well as projects which include elements of social innovation.
Estimated Available Funds: $15,000
Estimated Range of Award: $15,000
Number of Awards: 1 (2-4 finalists)
Typical Number of Applicants: 14 teams
The Center for Global Initiatives is not bound by these estimates and is often unable to award the full amount of funds requested. Awards will be made as a combination of stipends, travel, and travel advances at the discretion of the Center for Global Initiatives and depending on the proposed budget.
Applications will be evaluated in the following areas:
Applicants will receive selection notification within 4 weeks of the deadline via email and/or USPS mail.
Your team is 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, each team member 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. The requirements may be integrated into your documentation and engagement plan. Please note that these are subject to change and will be communicated to you at a special award acceptance session for recipients.
Further, your entire team must attend the day-long GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Pre-Departure Orientation on April 5, 2014. 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.
The preliminary application should be completed by the team leader, in consultation with the entire project team and faculty adviser and submitted by the First Stage Deadline.
Specific instructions are available on the application form and include the following parts:
Teams selected as finalists by the review committee will be invited to submit a final application prospectus by the second deadline and may be scheduled for a interview/pitch session in front of the review committee.
Final details about this application will be communicated directly to those teams selected as finalists.
Tripp Tuttle, Program Officer