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The Global Engagement Fellowship, or GEF, supports UNC Chapel Hill students to conduct international social-­justice oriented summer projects. The Fellowship provides resources to support students with summer global experiences that are enriching for them and for the communities they visit.


GEF supports undergraduates, graduates, and student teams working with grassroots organizations and communities abroad. GEF targets students who may not otherwise have the means to afford a global experience. Students design their own service projects and can apply in the spring. The number and amount of awards will depend on the students’ proposed budgets. Students may receive up to $2,500. The average number of recipients is six per year.


Project Design

Project design can vary by approach or topic, and may focus on things such as: collaborative community engagement or community-service, relationship building with a community partner, solidarity organizing, skill building or learning about a topic of interest with a specific goal.

Anna DeGrauw, GEF'18

Projects can be self-designed or associated with an ongoing effort or program in the country of interest. GEF prioritizes out of the box, independent thinking, and creative projects. Projects should incorporate three main tenants: collaboration with a community- based organization in the chosen country, engaging in a way that promotes social justice, and connecting the global experience to local action.

This fellowship also prioritizes applicants who are considering the ethical implications of their project and who are dedicated to engaging in preparation and training events before departure. Recipients will be asked to attend Campus Y Global Circle Workshops, Global Speaker Series events, and UNC’s GO! (Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics.)



The Campus Y puts together an internal selection committee, made up of staff and student leaders who have knowledge and experience in global projects. This team undergoes an internal selection process and interviews with the candidates. The committee considers the following when deciding whether to grant the fellowship:

Project description – Proposal clearly details the goals and activities planned.
Feasibility – Time frame and project goals are clear, realistic, and feasible.
Community partnership with community based organization / group – Community partner was
consulted and is an active participant in the project planning.
Impact on the student–Project will impact the student in ways that will further applicant’s
community involvement as well as personal growth, studies, and/or career plans.
Impact on the community partner – Project will have a positive impact on the host community
and/or organization.
Budget – Budget is sufficiently detailed, realistic, and appropriate, given the stated goals.
Ethics of project –Applicant can explain how they are considering ethics and potential
dilemmas, and how they will seek out mentorship and expertise to guide them, before & during travel.
Global to local / back to campus – Proposal explains how student plans to bring the experience back to the Campus Y or to campus.
Social Justice – The project promotes social justice values and action.
Opening access – This fellowship is meant to open access to students who otherwise may not
pursue or have the means to afford a global engagement experience.
Funding Impact – GEF strives to make as much impact as possible, with each disbursement.

Although students can pair GEF funding with other funding sources to meet budget needs, students are discouraged from requesting GEF funding to support expensive, fee-based, third party provider programs.


Individuals may apply for the Fellowship if they:
• Are an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UNC Chapel Hill
• Will return to UNC in the fall following their global engagement experience
• Would not otherwise pursue or have the means to afford the engagement experience
• Eligible experiences must be confirmed by the time the student applies for GEF
• Projects must take place during the summer months


The Global Engagement Fellowship Application 2019 is NOW OPEN and will close January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM. To access the application, please follow the link: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AMIcV2zq9qX1FH  

Note that you will not be able to save your work once you have started. To access the application in a word document for preparation purposes, click HERE

In the application you will be prompted to upload a PDF version of your resume. If you attempt to enter any other file type, your application will not be complete.

For more information please contact the Y Global Office at unccampusyglobal@gmail.com.