The Fellowship is a highly selective award given to seven high school graduates who have been admitted to UNC as part of the university’s Early Action deadline. Once admitted, students must submit a separate application for the Fellowship that describes their goals for completing their international year of service. The nine-month Fellowship provides up to $7,500 to each student, and may be complemented by other funding that the Fellow secures.
Made possible by an anonymous gift of $1.5 million to the Campus Y, the Global Gap Year Fellowship provides support for students who would not otherwise be able to fund their service work. The Fellowship partners with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, which helps promote the program and select the recipients.
If awarded the GGYF, students are required to defer their acceptance to UNC-CH for one year and commit to enrolling the fall after the gap year is completed. Prior to departing, students develop an extensive gap year proposal with assistance from Campus Y staff and attend an intensive pre-departure program on campus. During the gap year, students complete a minimum of 6 months of in-depth service. They also participate in reflective writing and blogging assignments, and they maintain bi-weekly communication the program director.
Re-Entry is different for everyone. You will come back to school with new friends and real-world experiences that will aid you in your personal and academic experiences at UNC. Campus Y staff will mentor and connect you to faculty advisors. In addition, returning Fellows attend a weekend-long retreat organized by former GGY Fellows and the Fellowship Coordinator. This retreat brings together your gap year cohort with a few senior Fellows to reflect upon and process your experiences. In addition, the retreat builds a new peer group based on this shared year abroad.
Gap year veterans are more mature and motivated after they enter college than they otherwise may have been, and they have developed life skills that give them competitive career advantages. See what our Fellows our doing here.