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Global Gap Year Fellowship

Want to travel the world and help someone in need?

UNC is an internationally renowned University with a long legacy of community service. Interested students can now combine their love for travel and commitment to service by applying for the new Global Gap Year Fellowship, which is open to students who apply for our Early Action deadline and are admitted to Carolina.

The fellowship is made possible by an anonymous donation of $1.5 million aimed at students who would be otherwise financially unable to fund a gap year. This year, UNC will be selecting seven incoming first-year students for a Global Gap Year Fellowship. The fellowship provides $7,500 to each student for use toward a gap year that is committed to service abroad. While you’re free to design your own program, the University and the Campus Y have affiliations with a number of organizations, including Carolina for Kibera and UNC in Malawi.

Housed in the Campus Y, Gap Year Fellows will receive support from staff and students as they prepare for their year abroad.  Fellows will integrate their experience into their education when they return to campus with the support of GAPPL, a student community dedicated to advocating gap years and supporting gappers and Fellows upon their return.

The 2015 Global Gap Year Fellowship application will open in January 2015. Until then, feel free to take a peek at the 2014 Global Year Fellowship Application Instructions which is a great way to learn more about the program and its requirements. We also encourage you to check out our FAQ page and our GGY Fact Sheet, as well as a few GGY blog posts.

Read about Brady’s experience as a current Global Gap Year Fellow
Article from U.S. News and World Report, “How a Gap Year Can Make Students Successful”
Meet Kristen Lee, current Gap Year Fellow in Brazil
Read about How a Gap Year Can Broaden Your Classroom Experience
Article on the Value of a Gap Year from Inside Higher Ed:  Don’t Go to College Yet! (January 16, 2014)

Three students collaborate on laptop during First Year Seminar class at UNC Chapel Hill
Commencement Ceremony