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Short-Term Research Grants

Short-Term Research Grants are awarded for 1-6 months to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master’s degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant supported research, or those who have already completed a PhD (postdocs).

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Applications for short-term research grants are accepted twice annually, usually in November and May.

Please note: If you do not receive a travel subsidy from your home institution and would like to apply for a subsidy from DAAD, please hand in a formal letter from your home institution confirming that they do not fund your travel to Germany.

Who can apply?

  • US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Foreign nationals who live in the USA or in Canada
    • must have been living in the US/Canada for a minimum of one year and
    • have their current residence in the US/Canada by the time of the application deadline.

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Seniors Honors Thesis

Many Honors Carolina students cap their undergraduate experience with a Senior Honors Thesis, partnering with a faculty mentor to develop original research or creative work. Students who successfully defend their thesis before a faculty review panel graduate with Honors or Highest Honors.

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Each year, approximately 350 students complete a Senior Honors Thesis. For many of those students, the thesis becomes a first publication or an important part of their application to graduate or professional school.

Students may undertake a Senior Honors Thesis project only in their major field of study (with an exception for students who minor in Creative Writing). Students with double majors may graduate with Honors or Highest Honors in both fields of study. To do so, they must complete a distinct project in each field. All Senior Honors Thesis projects must be completed under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor. Tenured and tenure-track faculty, retired faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and fixed-term faculty appointed for more than a single year may serve as thesis advisors. Graduate students may not serve as advisors for Senior Honors Thesis projects.

Eligibility
Students who wish to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis project must have a cumulative GPA of 3.300 or higher. Academic departments may set higher thresholds for course work within students’ major field of study.

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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

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The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Each summer, CLS provides rigorous academic instruction in fifteen languages that are critical to America’s national security and economic prosperity. CLS participants are citizen ambassadors, sharing American values and promoting American influence abroad.

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German Studies Research Grant
This specialized DAAD program offers German Studies Research Grants to highly-qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months) in Germany.

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The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.

Who can apply?

Undergraduates with at least junior (third-year) standing pursuing a German Studies track or minor may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college German and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

Master’s level graduate students in the humanities and social sciences earning a certificate or working on a project in German Studies may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or program chair. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

PhD students in the humanities and social science disciplines in the process of preparing their dissertation proposals on modern German topics may be nominated for the grant by their department and/or principal advisor. Students whose dissertation proposals have already been formally accepted are not eligible for nomination. The intent of the program is to provide an opportunity for short-term exploratory research to determine the viability or to delimit the scope of their proposed dissertations. The program is not intended to supplement or substitute for regular dissertation field work abroad which should lag the short-term research stay by at least one semester. Applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics or other fields) at the time of nomination.

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Carolina Global Initiative Award

The Carolina Global Initiative Award provides funding for students to complete a non-credit-bearing global opportunity in the U.S. or abroad.

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Supported by an endowment from the C.V. Starr Foundation, the Lori Lewis Schipper International Internship Fund, the Stephens International Internship Fund and private gifts to the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, awards are typically made from $1,500 to $6,000 each, but higher amounts will be considered.

We seek applications from students 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.

NOTE: If you have international travel experience, please email or schedule an appointment with the program manager to check your eligibility.

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Class of 1938 Summer Fellowships

The Class of 1938 Summer Fellowships are supported by an original endowment from the University’s Class of 1938. Motivated by their experiences as they came of age during World War II, the Class of 1938 endowed this unique fellowship in hopes of increasing global awareness, enhancing the mutual understanding and respect between peoples of varying cultures, and preserving world peace. Their vision was to create a self-perpetuating program housed within their beloved University and, to this end, the program is now administered by an Endowment Committee comprised of past recipients of the fellowship.

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The Class of 1938 fellowships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students each spring for self-directed projects requiring travel abroad. This is a flexible fellowship that allows applicants to design projects defined by their passion and vision so long as there is a clear educational objective in mind. The number and amount of the awards are established each spring, but typically fellowships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded. Fellowship recipients have the opportunity to participate in a network of past recipients as participating members of the Endowment Committee.

We seek applications from sophomores and juniors who have a demonstrated financial need to complete the project. Applicants with limited previous global travel and those with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are welcome to apply and are a good fit for this fellowship. In alignment with the University’s 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.

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Journal of Undergraduate Research (JOURney)

Established in 2016, JOURney has provided undergraduate students a platform to write about the research projects they work on at the university, whether it be in the natural sciences, social sciences or humanities.

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To learn more about what we do and our past journals, students can check out our website, https://uncjourney.unc.edu/, and can look us up on Facebook! The deadline for submissions this year is March 17, 2021.

Virtual: Polish Language, Literature, and Culture

Are you interested in learning Polish and know more about Polish culture and literature without having to leave the USA? Don’t have time to go to Poland this year?

This virtual summer program will give you the opportunity to earn 3 credits. The program has two components: one is a Polish language course and the other is made of two parts looking at literature and culture. There will be lectures and a final capstone symposium where students will present projects they completed during the program. There will also be virtual site visits.

Location

Poznan, Poland.

Although you will not be going to Poznan, there will be opportunities to virutally visit different parts of the city.

Student Experience

The program will connect students with Polish “buddy partners”.

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