The Global Gap Year Fellowship seeks diverse applicants who are curious about the world and committed to public service as global citizens. We strongly encourage individuals to apply who would not otherwise have the means to take a Gap Year. Applicants should:

    • Be high school seniors who apply for admission at UNC-Chapel Hill by the Early Action deadline
    • Possess intellectual curiosity
    • Have an appetite for experiential learning
    • Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness
    • Be open to new experiences abroad (previous international experience is not required)
    • Note that if you were born after December 31, 2002 you are not eligible to apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship. (Students must be 18 years of age when they leave the country)

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The application for the 2020-2021 class of Global Gap Year Fellows will open in Spring 2020.

The application is subject to change from year to year. Here is the 2019-2020 application.

Please note the following requirements:

  1. Your counselor must submit a short, online form to us endorsing you for our program. (Please send your counselor this link:
  2. You must also request a 1-page letter of recommendation from someone who has supervised you in an educational, professional, or community service environment, It is important to share information about the Global Gap Year Fellowship with your recommender, so that they have a better understanding of the demands of the program.  (Please send your recommender this link

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Application Process & Timeline

Each year, applicants apply online through a Qualtrics survey. Applications are then reviewed by a team of UNC faculty and students. Selected applicants are chosen as Quarter Finalists and invited to participate in a Skype interview. Next, Semi-Finalists are selected and invited to UNC for the Global Gap Year Fellowship Finalist Weekend, during which they stay in campus dorms, engage in activities like UNC’s GO! Orientation, and are interviewed by the selection committee. Finalists are notified about their acceptance to the Fellowship shortly after Finalist Weekend.

For questions concerning the application process, please view the Timeline below or visit our FAQ Page.

The dates below are subject to change for the 2020 application cycle. If you have specific questions regarding the application process, please email

October 15: Apply for undergraduate admission to UNC-Chapel Hill through the Common Application. Note that only students who apply Early Action and are admitted are eligible to apply for the GGYF.

January 28: Application for the Global Gap Year Fellowship 2019-2020 class opens!

March 1: Deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 Global Gap Year Fellowship Cohort.

March 29 – March 31: Semi Finalists come to UNC to participate in GO! Orientation and a final round of interviews.

April 19: Finalists for the Global Gap Year Fellowship 2019-2020 cohort are notified and must accept their offer by May 1.

Summer 2019: Selected Gap Year fellows spend two weeks at UNC learning about global engagement and preparing for their Gap Years.


The GGYF cohort of 2017-2018 pose at the Old Well during the Summer Institute at Carolina.