At a Glance
February 12, 2018 11:59 pm EST
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 global opportunity during the summer, in the U.S. or abroad.
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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.
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.
- 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.)
- Be enrolled at UNC for at least one semester after the completed opportunity. (Students who are graduating seniors returning to UNC as graduate students are eligible.)
- 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 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:
- A journalism major interning in New York for a global publication.
- A member of the football team completing a Coach for College service learning program in Vietnam.
- 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 Nicaragua.
- 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 Puerto Rico.
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.
The entire application process is completed online, and you can view the 2017 application as a reference. 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
- Online application deadline: February 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
- Award notification: Anticipated by mid-March
If selected for funding, all awardees must:
- Attend the GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Pre-Departure Orientation
- Submit an online report at the completion of the project and optionally participate in focus groups to improve global programming
- Submit an entry into the Experience Explorer
- 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
- Present at one of the Center for Global Initiatives’ Global Project Showcases or another approved speaking engagement
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