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If you could dedicate a year between your sophomore and junior years to do public service anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you do?

The inaugural Global Gap Year Fellowship Bridge Year (Bridge Year Fellow) will be awarded this spring to a second semester sophomore who will take a year away from UNC to engage in international service before returning in Fall 2018. At this time we will only be funding one Fellow, but may be able to fund more in subsequent years. This Fellowship is offered in partnership with the Meantime Coffee Co.

Why Take a Bridge Year?

From living in new places to learning how to quickly adapt, Fellows return to college with life lessons that leave them better prepared to take full advantage of their undergraduate careers. Experiential learning through traveling, working and engaging in service allows students to develop skills that a classroom cannot provide.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Students must be current sophomores in good academic standing at UNC to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate maturity, flexibility, a strong desire to explore new cultures, and a commitment to public service. Previous travel experience is not required.

Students who may be traditionally underrepresented in global engagement are encouraged to apply. This includes (but is not limited to) students of color, first-generation students, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and students from rural locations.

More About the Fellowship

Selected Fellows will join the Global Gap Year co-hort by attending GO! Global Orientation (April 8) and participating in the 2-week Summer Institute in July 2017. Fellows will also be encouraged to attend the Re-Entry Retreat with other Fellows in the Fall of 2018.

How Do I Apply?

The application for the Bridge Year Fellowship is available here.

Applications are due by March 15, 2017 at 5 pm EST.


If you have any questions, please email unccampusyglobal@gmail.com or call Sarah Smith at 919-962-4506.