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Currently enrolled UNC-Chapel Hill sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. 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. All applicants must be enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the Spring and Fall of 2019.  All applicants are requested to meet with the Endowment Committee at the annual meeting in the Spring of 2020 held at UNC-Chapel Hill to give a brief verbal report of the previous summer’s activities.

Award Amount

Fellowships of $5000 each are awarded.

Note: The exact number and amount will be determined by the Class of 1938 Endowment Committee and are subject to approval by the Endowment Committee Board members.

Terms of Award

  • The fellowship amount is awarded prior to the end of the spring semester 2019.
  • Applicants must be available in person at UNC-Chapel Hill for interviews on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
  • The recipients will be expected to use the award during the summer of 2019 for the purpose described in their project proposal.

Selection Process

International Student and Scholar Services and Class of ’38 Fellowship alumni screen the applications and select the finalists who will interview with the Class of 1938 Selection Committee. 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.

International Student and Scholar Services staff will be happy to discuss with you your ideas about the project proposal and answer any questions you might have about the application process or the schedule for applicants.

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