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February 12, 2018 11:59 pm EDT

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

Funding for students to complete a summer global experience in the U.S. or abroad

Brandy Arellano

ID# 1411 | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The Carolina Global Initiative Award provides funding for 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 as a degree-seeking student, for at least one semester after the completed opportunity. (Students who are graduating seniors returning to UNC as graduate students are eligible.)
  3. Demonstrate financial need through one of the following:
    • recipient of need-based financial aid as determined by your current or prior-year FAFSA;
    • an international student financial aid worksheet (undergraduate or graduate) that demonstrates need; or
    • a narrative statement, if the other two do not apply, that discusses your financial need.

Types of Opportunities

The opportunity may take a wide variety of forms including: internships, research, service projects, educational group travel or self-designed travel. We rarely provide funding for study abroad programs. The opportunity must be globally focused, but can take place anywhere in the world, including the U.S.

Some example opportunities:

The opportunity is for a summer experience; funds may not be used toward semester or year-long programs.

Potential applicants are encouraged to meet with the program manager to determine if their opportunity is eligible for funding.

Application Components

The entire application process is completed online, and you can view the 2018 appplication before you begin. The application consists of the following:

  • Application form, including major, name and contact information
  • Project summary
  • Four short answer questions
  • A timeline and budget (For additional guidance on developing your project budget and timeline, please review our “Travel Application Tips” document.)
  • Supporting financial documentation (if needed)
  • List of past global travel experience
  • Personal or academic reference

Evaluation of Applicants

All eligible applications are evaluated by UNC faculty and staff review committees who will consider the following:

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?
  • Will the experience encourage the applicant to explore other global opportunities and with greater depth?

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?

Community Impact & Alignment with Academic & Career Goals

  • How will the proposed opportunity contribute deeply to the applicant’s stated career and academic goals?
  • How likely is the experience to impact a wide group of other UNC students once the applicant returns?

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 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Award notification: Anticipated by early April

NOTE: Unfortunately the application timeline cannot be adjusted based on individual circumstances and third-party deadlines.

Award Requirements

If selected for funding, all awardees must:

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