Application Details

Application timeline for 2021 TBD.


Permanent Resident, U.S. Citizen
Junior, Sophomore

- Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need.
- Enrolled Carolina sophomores and juniors are eligible.
-Seniors who will be taking a fifth year of coursework are also eligible to apply.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens. (Permanent Residents are not eligible.)
- Applicants must be participating in a non-credit-bearing global opportunity abroad during the summer


Supported by an endowment from the University of North Carolina’s Class of 1938, a class that matured during the second World War, a period characterized by immense loss of life, world-wide suffering, and devastation. The Class of 1938 came together to provide an award to future UNC students for the purpose of amplifying the class’s unwavering commitment to increasing global awareness, enhancing the mutual understanding and respect between peoples of varying cultures, and preserving world peace. The opportunity may take a wide variety of forms including: internships, research, service projects, educational group travel or self-designed travel.

The Class of 1938 Fellowship provides an award of approximately $5000 for students to complete a non-credit-bearing global opportunity abroad during the summer.

We seek applications from sophomores and juniors with financial need and no or limited prior global travel and those with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. In alignment with our Opening Access effort, we encourage students of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply regardless of their academic discipline, age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.

All applicants are requested to meet with the Endowment Committee at the annual meeting in the spring held at UNC-Chapel Hill to give a brief verbal report of the previous summer’s activities. Applicants must be available in person at UNC-Chapel Hill for interviews, and the recipients will be expected to use the award during the summer for the purpose described in their project proposal.

The best candidates are those who indicate their interest in an independent study project that is tied to their personal and/or career aspirations and have financial need of scholarship funding to pursue this project. Motivation for research abroad as a learning experience and excitement about the project are also significant factors. Strong consideration will be given to candidates whose university records demonstrate their seriousness of academic purpose and to students who lack the sufficient funds to pursue the project. A project should be well thought out and researched as much as possible for feasibility and cost factors.

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UNC Global

Iyman Ahmed
+1 919 843 6842
Monday, February 15, 2021