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Vimy Global Team Award

Initial Application Deadline: February 10, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Finalist Deadline: early March


Please note: Eligibility and application structure are likely to change before the application officially opens in early December. Please only use this information as a reference and not to plan an application.


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:

  • Include at least three students from three majors/departments or schools
  • Take place abroad or be globally-focused
  • Be self-designed or directed
  • Include a documentation and engagement plan
  • Be designed in consultation with a faculty or professional staff member who will serve as the team’s adviser
  • Team members must in general be returning to UNC the semester following the project (in certain circumstances an exception can be made for one team member, please contact the Program Officer with questions)

We encourage project teams which include both Undergraduate and Master’s students as well as projects which include elements of social innovation.


  • Team members may not be in a Ph.D. program or be faculty/staff.
  • Team members may not apply for the Center for Global Initiatives' other funding opportunities for the same or similar project in the same year.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Any major equipment purchases (cameras, laptops, etc.) made with award funds are property of the Center for Global Initiatives and must be returned upon completion of the project, unless approval is given prior to the application deadline. Teams are welcome to schedule an appointment with the Program Officer to discuss the budget prior to submitting their application.

Available Funding

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.

Evaluation of Applicants

Applications will be evaluated in the following areas:

Feasibility and Planning
  • Is the proposed project adequate and appropriate to achieve the team’s expected goals?
  • Is the team prepared to implement this project successfully?
  • Has the team considered possible challenges to implementation?
  • Are the questions who, what, when, where, and why articulated?
  • Is there a clear financial, academic, and professional need for the team to receive this award in order to undertake this project?
  • Does the project serve a need in the community in which it will be undertaken, and not a replication of existing work?
  • Is there demonstrated support for this project from a community partner?
  • Will the project advance the team’s academic and professional careers?
  • How does UNC benefit from this project?
Sustainability and Engagement
  • Does the project include a plan for sustainability and continuity of the work and your learning after the end of the award period?
  • Has the team outlined a reasonable documentation strategy and planned for engaging the campus community upon their return?
Team Composition and Diversity of Approach
  • Does the team bring a diverse set of skills and approaches (academic, personal background, past experience, etc.) to the problem?
  • Does the team have the necessary skills to successfully implement all areas of the project?
  • Is the budget clear, adequate, reasonable, and justified?

Notification of Award

Applicants will receive selection notification within 4 weeks of the deadline via email and/or USPS mail.

Award Requirements

If selected for funding, all team members must:

  • Submit an online report at the completion of the project and optionally participate in focus groups to improve global programming

  • Secure IRB approval, if required. Potential IRB-related issues should be discussed in your project proposal

  • Contribute to the Center’s Carolina Navigators program by bringing back items for a culture kit, putting together a photo essay for the program, or taking part in a virtual presentation to K-12 students

  • Attend the day-long GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Pre-Departure Orientation on April 18, 2015

  • Present at one of the Center for Global Initiatives’ Global Project Showcases

Application Instructions

First/Preliminary Application Stage:

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:

  • Basic information for the team leader and team members
  • Project title and short summary
  • Three short answer questions
    (project description, impact + engagement, budget)

In addition, the Faculty Adviser you list on your application will receive, upon submission of your application, a link to a recommendation form.

Finalist Application Stage:

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.


  • Initial Application Deadline: March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Adviser Recommendation Due: March 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Notification of Finalists: March 13, 2015
  • Finalist Application Deadline: March 26, 2015
  • Finalist Presentations: April 8, 2015 (evening, tentative)
  • Final Decisions: April 9, 2015 (tentative)
  • Award Reception: TBD
  • GO! Global Orientation: April 18, 2015 (all day)
  • Project Implementation: Summer 2015
  • On-campus Engagement Activities: Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Contact Information

Tripp Tuttle, Program Officer
Click here to schedule an appointment

Summer Funding Info Session

Join program officers Jaclyn Gilstrap and Tripp Tuttle to learn more about the Carolina Global Initiative and the Vimy Global Team Award.

Summer Funding Info Session

Join program officers Jaclyn Gilstrap and Tripp Tuttle to learn more about the Carolina Global Initiative and the Vimy Global Team Award.


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.  

Made possible by the
Global Education Fund

The Global Education Fund supports UNC’s top global priorities, including international student internships, faculty research, course development grants, student and faculty global exchanges, and funding to strengthen and expand strategic global partnerships.

For more information about the Global Education Fund, or to make a gift, please click here.

About the Vimy

The largely unknown Vickers F.B.27 Vimy WWI biplane, complete with open cockpit and cotton-covered wings, ushered into aviation history as the first plane to fly from England to Australia (1919); the first successful transatlantic crossing (1919), eight years before Lindbergh’s solo flight; and the first England-to-South Africa flight (1920).  In 1992-94, Peter McMillan ’81 and fellow adventure enthusiast, Australian Lang Kidby, built a perfect replica of the Vimy and recreated her first groundbreaking flight – witnessing the joy of cruising over the Taj Mahal, and the aftermath of a crash landing in Sumatra.  It is a story of imagination, exploration, teamwork, overcoming adversity, and discovery.  For more about the Vimy Expeditions, please click here.