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Domestic and International Ph.D. students (priority is given to students in the humanities, social sciences or the arts)

Funding for Ph.D. students interested in exploring alternative academic (Alt-Ac) careers

Iyman Ahmed

ID# 10256 | Last Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2020


The REACH Fellowship, named in honor of UNC anthropology professor James Peacock, serves as a competitive professional growth fellowship that aims to complement Carolina’s durable graduate education model. This fellowship seeks to provide a robust, funded professionalization opportunity for UNC Ph.D. students who are interested in diversifying their graduate portfolio by exploring alternative academic (alt-ac) careers. The REACH Fellowship places one fellow during the summer and one during the academic year in a non-teaching and non-research internship.


Summer fellows will be placed with the Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) to work on a project that expands the Center’s Opening Access work. The Center is especially interested in opening access to global opportunities for students traditionally underserved in this sphere. Its vision is that everyone at UNC has access to global opportunities and can seize them if desired.

A summer fellow will work an average of 20 hours per week from May 13, 2020 to August 14, 2020. The topic of focus will change each year, but the 2020 Summer fellowship will focus on the following:

  • Outreach: the summer fellow will work with CGI staff on various campus-wide outreach efforts that include but are not limited to Summer Orientation, Summer Bridge, and Project Uplift and Uplift Plus. The REACH fellow is expected to present CGI’s various funding opportunities to incoming first year and first-year transfer students at tabling events and in classrooms. This work will involve working with campus partners such as UNC’s Study Abroad Office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and New Student & Family Programs.

Academic Year 

Academic year fellows will work with CGI on professional tasks related to grant prospecting/writing, assessment, award management and student advising.

The academic year fellow will work an average of approximately 18-20 hours per week from August 18, 2020 to April 23, 2021 (excluding breaks).


  • Open to all Ph.D. students including international students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (priority is given to students in the humanities, social sciences or the arts).


  • Applicants must be in the first or second year of studies at the time of application. Summer fellows cannot be ABD.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year to apply for Summer 2020.

Academic Year

  • Applicants must be ABD at UNC having completed all course requirements.
  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the year for which they are applying.


  • Applicants must apply for only ONE fellowship type and cannot apply for both Summer and Academic Year opportunities.

Available Funding


The Summer REACH Fellowship offers a $5,000 stipend.

Academic Year

The Academic Year REACH Fellowship offers a stipend of $18,000 as well as full remission of tuition and University fees and the student health insurance premium for single-person coverage.

Application Instructions

Both applications must be completed online, and you can view a preview of the full application before you begin. The application consists of the following:

  • Basic demographic data
  • Contact information for two references (letters should not be solicited)
  • A CV (PDF format)
  • A Cover Letter (PDF format)
    • Please clearly articulate relevant skill sets, interests, experience, and future career goals.
    • The letter should also include a description of why you are interested in pursuing alt-ac opportunities and your specific learning objectives.
    • Applicants must explain which one of CGI’s programs or awards is of particular interest to you and why.

Evaluation of Applications

CGI select fellows based on how ready they are to productively use the time of the summer and academic internship. We will pay close attention to the quality and feasibility of your internship plan as described in the cover letter as well as your academic and/or professional record.

All applicants must possess the ability to work independently, efficiently and reliably with demonstrated excellent research and communication skills, and work well with other staff members.

As part of the application process, semi-finalists will be invited for an interview with Center for Global Initiatives’ staff.

Notification of Award

Applicants will receive funding decision notifications four to six weeks after the deadline via email.

Reporting & Award Requirements

Award recipients will be required to submit a final report at the end of the project. This process allows CGI to collect narratives and data about funded projects to enable the Center to determine whether its programmatic purposes are being met. A summary of award requirements will be presented to award recipients before funds are disbursed.

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