The Following Information is Tentative for the 2018 Application Year.

The dates below are subject to change, if you have specific questions regarding the application process, please email





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 for the Early Action deadline at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 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, 2000 you are not eligible to apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship.

The Application Process

Each year, applicants apply online through a Qualtrics survey. Applications are then reviewed by a team of UNC faculty and students. Selected applicants are then invited to UNC for a two day institute where they will stay in campus dorms and engage in education activities such as UNC Go! Orientation. In addition, each student will be interviewed by the selection committee. Finalists will be notified shortly after the two day institute. For questions concerning the application process, please visit our FAQ Page.

Last Year’s Application Instructions

Click here to view application instructions for the UNC Global Gap Year Fellowship.

It is not possible to save your work in Qualtrics. To save your work, prepare your application in the application instructions Word document. Whenever you are ready, copy your responses over to the Qualtrics form. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

2018 Application

The Global Gap Year Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year is not yet open. Interested applicants are encouraged to email with any questions regarding the fellowship. Furthermore, students are encouraged to review last years application instructions in order to gain a better understanding of our application process.


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 31st: Application for the Global Gap Year Fellowship 2018-2019 class opens!

February 28th: Deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 Global Gap Year Fellowship Cohort

March 18th: Quarter Finalists are notified

March 30th: Quarter Finalist Skype Interviews

April 7th: Semi Finalists are notified and extended invitation to participate in the “Global Gap Year Fellowship Finalist Weekend at Carolina.”

April 20th: Finalists for the Global Gap Year Fellowship 2017-2018 cohort are notified.


Summer 2018: Selected Gap Year fellows spend two weeks at UNC learning about global engagement and preparing for their Gap Years.