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March 2, 2020 11:59 pm EST

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: Thursday, January 16, 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 approximately 18-20 hours per week from May 1, 2019 to August 16, 2019. The topic of focus will change each year, but the 2019 Summer fellowship will focus on the following:

  • Application Platforms: CGI currently utilizes multiple application platforms for its various awards and programs. We are in the process of adopting one comprehensive application platform to improve efficiency and data management. The summer fellow will assist with the transition to a new system and application cycle.
  • Digital Asset Management: CGI has accumulated a high volume of fantastic photographs captured by UNC students, faculty and staff as well as program and events photos from campus events and experiences abroad. These photographs are used in our marketing materials to demonstrate the variety of global experiences available and to challenge assumptions about students traveling abroad. The summer fellow will organize photos, edit captions and archive images.
  • Experience Explorer: CGI is in the preliminary stages of developing a digital resource designed to connect students to global internships, research and service opportunities (both domestic and international). The Experience Explorer will be housed on Embark Carolina to complement the Funding Finder and Global Guide. The summer fellow will assist with collecting data and evaluating the overall user experience for this system.
  • Global Guide Revisions: Edit and update content for the Global Guide to ensure it’s both relevant and comprehensive.

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 20, 2019 to April 26, 2020 (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 2019-2020 academic year to apply for Summer 2019.

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.

Related Information Sessions & Events

Feb 05

Info Session: REACH Fellowship

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm EST
301 Pittsboro St. Ste. 2000