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Global Gap Year Fellowship

If you could dedicate a year between high school and college to provide public service anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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 then 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 GGY Fellows upon their return.

If you are interested in applying for the 2016 Global Gap Year Fellowship, we encourage you to check out our FAQ page, blogs from recent GGY fellows, and a selection of news articles about the value of a gap year below.

Selected News Articles
Article from U.S. News and World Report, “How a Gap Year Can Make Students Successful”
Article on the Value of a Gap Year from Inside Higher Ed:  Don’t Go to College Yet! (January 16, 2014)

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