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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 first-year students who apply for and are admitted through Early Action and who indicate an interest in the program on the application.

The fellowship is made possible by an anonymous donation aimed at students who would be otherwise financially unable to fund a gap year. This year, UNC will be selecting 21 incoming first-year students for a Global Gap Year Fellowship. The fellowship provides $8,000 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 a student community dedicated to advocating gap years and supporting gappers and GGY Fellows upon their return.

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