It is essential that you read and agree to the terms listed below before submitting your application.
Any undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has completed at least one but not more than six semesters.
If you accept the Burch Fellowship award, Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship award, or the Robinson Honors Fellowship award, you must withdraw from any other funding opportunities for your experience. Likewise, if you have accepted another award for the experience, you must withdraw your application from the Burch Fellowship, Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship, or Robinson Honors Fellowship contest.
THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE
The range and nature of Fellowship experiences will be bounded only by feasibility, and the imagination and resourcefulness of successful applicants. The duration and location of the Fellowship experience may vary, but the Fellowship experience should be completed within a calendar year from the time the Fellowship is awarded or before graduation from the University, whichever comes first.
The application should propose a Fellowship experience that:
1. Reflects the Fellow’s ability
2. Advances the Fellow’s intense interest in some demonstrable fashion
3. Is concretely and coherently conceived and planned
4. Has a logical and definable duration
5. Is “doable” under the terms of the Fellowship and within University rules, policies, and procedures
6. Is supported by a budget demonstrating that the Fellowship experience has been planned in an efficient and economical manner
Each fellow will be responsible for making his/her own Fellowship experience arrangements. Each Fellow takes full responsibility for these arrangements and for his/her own conduct and safety during the Fellowship experience. Each Fellow will be required to sign a form releasing the University from responsibility for property damage, personal injury, accidents, illness, death, or other harm that might occur as a result of the Fellowship experience. Each Fellow will be required to carry mandatory medical insurance for the period of the award.
FELLOWSHIP STIPEND AND ADMINISTRATION
The Selection Committee may take the budgeted cost of the proposed Fellowship into account in determining who receives a Fellowship and how many are chosen each year. The committee’s goal is to “invest” a fixed stipend budget each year as wisely as possible. The committee makes the final decision as to which students are to be named Fellows, but it does NOT determine the amount of stipend for each Fellow. That determination is made by the Director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad after consultation with each Fellow when Fellowship plans are finalized. The amount of the actual stipend may be less or more than budgeted in the application. The personal financial situation of the applicant or his/her family will not be used as a basis for selecting Fellows or determining the amount of their stipends.
Categories of appropriate expenditures relating to the Fellowship experience will vary. They may include, but are not necessarily limited to, living expenses, travel, artistic or scientific supplies, and computer time. Fellows are required to spend funds only for purposes reasonably related to the Fellowship experience. At the end of the Fellowship experience, Fellows must return any unexpended portion of their Fellowship stipends to Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad. Applicants currently receiving need-based scholarships or financial aid should contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid to make sure that receipt of a Fellowship Award will not affect his/her continued eligibility for the scholarship or need-based financial aid.
Typically, all Fellows' names, bios, and projects materials are published on the Honors Carolina website and shared with press and guests for related events. Fellows have the right to waive this publication of their information at any time by notifying the Director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad in writing.
All Fellows are fully subject to the UNC Board of Governors’ Patent and Copyright Policies. Generally all rights to copyrightable works produced as a result of the Fellowship experience remain the property of the Fellow. However, under the Policies, every invention or discovery or part thereof that is developed through resources administered by UNC-CH is the property of UNC-CH. For more information consult the Board of Governors’ Patent and Copyright Policies. A copy is available for inspection in the office of the Associate Dean for Honors Carolina.
THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE REPORT AND RELATED EVENTS
Within one month of the conclusion of the Fellowship experience, each Fellow must submit to Honors Carolina a written report and photographic submissions on the Fellowship experience that addresses the following two questions: “What did I do?” and “What did it do to me?” These reports will be circulated to the selection committee and others throughout the University. Fellows will also be required to attend an event celebrating the Fellows and will be asked to help promote the Fellowship in future years.