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February 13, 2017 11:59 pm EDT

Returning undergraduate, master's and professional (J.D., M.D., D.D.S., etc.), and international Ph.D. students.

Funding to students to complete a global opportunity during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad.

Brandy Arellano

ID# 1411 | Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Carolina Global Initiative Award provides funding to students to complete a global opportunity during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad.

Supported by an endowment from the C.V. Starr Foundation, the Lori Lewis Schipper International Internship Fund, the Stephens International Internship Fund and private gifts to the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, awards are typically made from $1,500 to $6,000 each, but higher amounts will be considered.

Applicant Profile

We seek applications from students with no or limited prior global travel and those with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. We encourage applications regardless of a student’s academic discipline, age, disability status, educational or family background, gender expression or identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a current UNC degree-seeking student, excluding domestic students in a Ph.D. program. (Domestic Ph.D. candidates may apply to our Pre-Dissertation Exploration Award.)
  2. Be enrolled at UNC for at least one semester after the completed opportunity. (Students who are graduating seniors who will be returning to UNC as graduate students.)
  3. Demonstrate financial and/or personal need through one of the following:
    • Pell grant, or other need-based aid as determined by your current or prior-year FAFSA;
    • an international student financial aid worksheet that demonstrates need; or
    • a narrative statement, if the other two do not apply, that discusses your personal financial need.

Types of Opportunities

The opportunity may take a wide variety of forms including: internships, research, service projects, educational group travel or summer study abroad. The opportunity must be globally focused, but can take place anywhere in the world, including the U.S.

Some example opportunities:

  • A journalism major interning in New York for a global publication.
  • A member of the soccer team completing a summer study abroad program in Rwanda.
  • A biomedical engineering masters student working in a research lab in Germany.
  • A prospective or current law student conducting an internship with a global law firm in Washington, D.C.
  • An education major teaching English in Vietnam.
  • A first-generation college student business major, working with a micro-finance organization in Peru.
  • An international Ph.D. candidate studying statistics from China, conducting fieldwork in Poland.
  • A nursing major volunteering with a UNC student organization to work in a hospital in Costa Rica.

The opportunity may be a non-credit or credit-bearing summer program through UNC Study Abroad or a third party provider; however, funds may not be used toward semester or year-long study abroad.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend an information session or meet with the program officer to determine if their opportunity is eligible for funding.

Application Components

The entire application process is completed online, and you can view a preview of the full application before you begin. The application consists of the following:

  • Application form, including major, name and contact information (for each team member)
  • Five short answer questions
  • A budget detailing anticipated expenses (note: please list any other funding for which you are applying or have already received)
  • Supporting financial documentation (if required)
  • List of past global travel experience

Evaluation of Applicants

Applications are evaluated by UNC faculty and staff review committees who will consider the following:

Financial & Personal Need

  • Does the applicant require external funding in order to complete the opportunity?
  • Would participation in the global opportunity allow the applicant to gain new, relevant global experience they wouldn’t otherwise have?
  • How much prior global experience has the applicant already had?

Diversity of Background, Discipline & Perspective

  • Does the candidate bring varied experiences, perspectives, and/or background to the opportunity and represent the UNC population as widely as possible?
  • How likely is the experience to impact a wide group of other UNC students once the applicant returns?

Impact and Alignment with Academic & Career Goals

  • How will the proposed opportunity contribute deeply to the applicant’s stated career and academic goals?
  • Will the experience encourage the applicant to explore other global opportunities and with greater depth?

Feasibility & Planning

  • Are the plan, budget and timeline reasonable?
  • Does the applicant have (or explain plans to acquire) the required language, technical and cultural skills necessary to successfully complete of the project?

Timeline & Requirements

Application Timeline

  • Online application deadline: February 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Award notification: Anticipated by mid-March

Award Requirements

If selected for funding, all awardees must:

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