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The Phillips Ambassadors Program is one of the most generous and flexible scholarships for undergraduate study abroad at Carolina. The scholarship combines a financial award, an academic course and a charge to students to share their unique study abroad experience with young people in their hometowns and with the Carolina community. With funding from Carolina alumnus Earl N. “Phil” Phillips Jr., a businessman and former U.S. ambassador, the program awards financial scholarships of $5,000 to cover the cost of study abroad in Asia. The Phillips Ambassadors is a program of the Carolina Asia Center.
The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship supports language study in less commonly taught languages and related area studies. The fellowship is a non-service fellowship that requires students to take one language course and one area studies course each semester during the academic year. Priority languages are Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian and Hindi-Urdu. Graduate students can receive full tuition and a stipend of $15,000; undergraduate students can receive up to $10,000 towards tuition and fees and a stipend of $5,000. Full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. FLAS fellowships for the study of Asian languages and area studies at UNC are administered by the Carolina Asia Center.
Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive summer language study for students. Priority is given to Asian languages offered at UNC and other Asian languages that help students achieve their career goals, such as employment with the U.S. government. Up to $5,000 for tuition and fees and a $2,500 living allowance are provided. Full-time students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Undergraduate applicants must plan to pursue an intermediate or advanced language program. Summer FLAS fellowships for the study of Asian languages are administered by the Carolina Asia Center.
The student-run Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship provides opportunities for qualified students to develop and implement civic engagement projects in South Asian communities in the U.S. and/or a South Asian country and/or one of the eight countries of the South Asian subcontinent: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The fellowship is administered by a student-led South Asian awareness organization—SANGAM—with the administrative support of the Carolina Asia Center. On average, two qualified UNC undergraduate or graduate students per year receive up to $3,000 each.
Become fluent in Mandarin and gain practical, independent work experience in China, home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the 21st century’s fastest-growing economy. Weir Fellows spend the spring semester in Beijing for intensive language study and then complete an eight-week summer internship in either Beijing or Shanghai, exploring careers in fields such as banking, law, journalism, public health, and historic preservation. The Weir Honors Fellowships in Asian Studies are administered by Honors Carolina.