There are a variety of funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education. This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.
In order to be competitive in the job market most students understand that they need to participate in an internship or internships in their chosen field before they graduate. However, sometimes those internships are unpaid. This is challenging for any student, and particularly challenging to the C-STEP student who may feel like they need summer school or have other financial commitments that don’t allow them to take an unpaid internship. Please click here for more details.
The J. W. Saxe Memorial Prize is a prize of fifteen hundred dollars that will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.
Applicants should send a resume together with an essay stating short and long-term goals to the J.W.Saxe Memorial Fund, 1524 31st Street N. W., Washington, D.C. 20007-3074. Include statements from four references including on from a faculty member. Deadline to apply: April 5th by 5pm. Winners will be notified by April 12th.
Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and governmental agencies, receive funding ($1,200 for spring and $2,500 for summer) and are enrolled in a service-learning course.
Moxie Scholars study the history of women’s activism, and then spend the summer in paid internships in women’s organizations in the Triangle.
Fellowships to support undergraduate research, mentored scholarship and creative performance during the summer.
Learn more about the Undergraduate Scholarship Program Award by visiting the DAAD website.
Honors thesis research grants applications are available for seniors and rising seniors who plan to write an honors thesis in International Studies.
Search engine for undergraduate research on campus including funding opportunities
Program funded through the National Science Foundation for students to take part in a research project. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
Fellowships and Scholarships
The opportunity may take a wide variety of forms including: internships, research, service projects, educational group travel or summer study abroad. The opportunity must be globally focused, but can take place anywhere in the world, including the U.S.
The Center for Global Initiatives supports faculty research and curriculum development, as well as student language training, international internships and projects, and on-campus student projects relevant to global studies. CGI is particularly interested in opening access to students who are underrepresented in international experiences and study abroad including: ethnic minority students, students with financial need, and students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.
Scholarships, fellowships and awards sorted by class year brought to you by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Distinguished Scholarships.
The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-CH alumnus Lucius E. Burch III. Its purpose is to recognize undergraduate students at the University who possess extraordinary ability, promise, and imagination. It grants up to $6000 to support self-designed off-campus experiences that will enable them to pursue a passionate interest.
For students to pursue an independent summer project that benefits South Asians.
The CCPS offers seven awards and fellowships enabling students to engage in state, national and international public service, research and education.
A need-based scholarship that is awarded to individuals who identify as being gay or lesbian or express an interest in gay and lesbian studies.
Awards of $2,500 per year given to students in the Minor in Entrepreneurship program who are interested in launching their own venture while at UNC or following graduation.
Working and Studying Abroad
The UNC-CH Alumni Class of 1938 annually awards summer study abroad fellowships to American students interested in pursuing independent career or personal projects outside the United States. This is a unique scholarship program because it provides financial assistance to students who could not perform independent projects abroad without the support of the Class of 1938 funding.
Administered by Student Affairs and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, this scholarship engages students in directed international travel experiences.
For students participating in summer or semester study abroad programs in Asia approved by the College of arts & Science.
Comprehensive list of stipends for internships, research and studying abroad with a focus on extending UNC’s global reach
Fellowship for travel abroad established due to a realization of the need for understanding and communication between people of various nationalities and cultures as methods of preserving world peace, the hope of increasing international awareness among citizens of the United States of America, and the inestimable value and reward of foreign travel for undergraduate students at UNC.
Interview Dress Funding
Styled for Success provides funding for the purchase of professional interview attire to UNC students receiving need based financial aid.
Financial Emergency Funding (non-internship related)
The SEF assists Carolina students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing.
On-campus food pantry that provides food and personal care items at no cost to students. A friendly welcoming service open to anyone who needs a little help.
Additional Funding Opportunities
Comprehensive data base of on-campus funding opportunities for students, staff and faculty. It also includes a variety of relevant non-UNC funding resources.
Comprehensive funding database for internships, research opportunities, self-designed projects, service projects, and more. Includes the Embark Carolina Funding Finder, which allows you to filter and search a robust database of awards and fellowships that can be used to fund your global opportunity.
The Office of Scholarships & Student Aid offers competitive grant funding to help students cover the expense of travel, housing, and meals during an internship lasting at least four weeks. All students who receive need-based financial aid are eligible to apply.
Amounts range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, depending on your proposed budget and level of financial need. Students are strongly encouraged to look for internships that fit with academic and career interests, and that involve living someplace other than Chapel Hill or your hometown. These donor-supported summer grants are meant to open up new opportunities and encourage students to seek out unique internship placements.