Information Sessions, Workshops, and Prep-Shops

Gain valuable insight and useful tips on applying for distinguished scholarships and fellowships. A number of information sessions, workshops and prep-shops are held throughout the year to provide advice and answer questions. These sessions are especially helpful for students interested in applying for endorsed scholarships and learning more about the endorsement application process.

Spring 2018 Events

Undergraduate Research Panel with UG Research Peer Advisors

Wednesday, January 31
Graham Memorial 039

Are you interested in doing research as an undergraduate student but would like advice about:

  • Finding interesting opportunities on-campus or off?
  • Approaching faculty members?
  • Meeting requirements or expectations?
  • Working in a lab, library, museum, or archive?

If you are curious about paths to conducting research at Carolina, around the state, the U.S., or internationally, join us for an Undergraduate Research Panel to hear from junior and senior students in the Carolina Covenant and UNC Scholars Program! These peer advisors are currently engaged in projects across disciplines, from history to neuroscience to astrophysics. They have conducted research at Carolina, at other universities and institutions in the state and around the U.S., and even traveled internationally to learn more about the exchange of tea and architecture between Imperial Britain and China and study the intersection of music and neuroscience in Australia. Peer advisors have applied for grants and published papers, and are happy to share their advice and best practices with you!

Representatives from the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Distinguished Scholarships will be present, and we’ll have plenty of time for Q&A at the end of the evening.

If you’re contemplating research possibilities – from lab work to an Honors thesis – join us to learn more about opportunities and support available to you!

Pizza will be provided.

Fall 2017 Events

Dept. of State Funding Opportunities: Info Session

Thursday, December 7
Deberry Board Room 3009, FedEx Global Education Center

Join CGI, UNC’s Diplomat-in-Residence and the Office of Distinguished Scholarships for an information session on government-funded opportunities, several of which are designed for students interested in international affairs and the foreign service.

Some awards that will be covered during this session include the following:

  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: Provides incoming graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
  • Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program: A six-week, domestic summer program for undergraduates designed to promote greater diversity and excellence in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: This program allows graduating seniors, master’s students, doctoral candidates, and recent graduates to self-design a research/study project, or serve as an English Teaching Assistant in one of more than 140 countries.

To let us know you’re coming and easily share this event with friends, check out our Facebook event page!

Udall Scholarship Webinar

Thursday, November 16
Attend from anywhere!

Calling Native American students! The Udall Scholarship is a merit award that provides leadership, public service, internship, and networking opportunities, in addition to up to $7,000 for eligible academic expenses, to second- and third-year students with leadership and public service who have demonstrated a commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

The Udall Foundation is hosting a webinar just for UNC students. Learn about the Foundation’s opportunities and how to apply. RSVP below to receive information about how to access the webinar.

RSVP here.

The Boren Awards Interest Meeting

Wednesday, October 25
Graham Memorial 039

Boren Awards offers up to $30,000 in international study! Interested in travel and language study? Meet a representative – and past winners – from the Boren Awards, a scholarship opportunity that provides funding for U.S. students to study less commonly taught languages in regions like Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Join ODS to learn more about the Boren and how you can apply. The Boren Awards has opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. All are welcome to attend!

RSVP here.

ODS & Carolina Covenant Information Session

Thursday, October 5
5:00 – 7:00pm
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Calling Covenant Scholars! Want to travel abroad? Interested in earning a graduate degree? Carolina Covenant & The Office of Distinguished Scholarships invite Covenant students to join us for a catered dinner and to learn about the nationally competitive scholarships that are a good fit for you. Find out how to apply and how ODS can help you achieve your goals!

We will be joined by Andrea Barnes, UNC senior and Carolina Covenant Scholar, to hear about her experience applying for and receiving the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellowship.

Sign-ups for this event are now closed.

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session

Tuesday, September 26
2:00 – 3:30pm
Graham Memorial 039

Calling all juniors! The Beinecke Scholarship provides $34,000 to support graduate education. Selected scholars receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and the remaining funds are distributed while the recipient completes graduate studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. To qualify, students should have a documented history of receiving financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.

Join us to learn more about the Beinecke, find out how to apply, and meet the scholarship’s Director.

RSVP here.

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Monday, September 25
1:30 – 3:00pm
Graham Memorial 039

Third year students planning careers in public service are encouraged to apply for the Truman Scholarship. Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for their senior year of undergraduate education and a total of $27,000 for graduate studies. Applicants must plan to pursue a graduate program geared toward public service.

Learn more about the Truman’s application from UNC Truman Committee members Eric Muller and Laurie Mesibov.

RSVP here.

General Awards Information Session

Wednesday, September 13
12:00 – 1:30pm
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Interested in Carolina fellowships or nationally competitive scholarships? Join Honors Carolina and the Office of Distinguished Scholarships to learn more about prestigious programs like the Rhodes, Schwarzman, and Knight-Hennessy, as well as Carolina fellowships like Burch, Carolina Blue, and Robinson. Hear from past scholars, meet committee members, and find out how you can apply!

RSVP here.

Information Session with Larry Han ’16

Monday, August 28
11:00 – 12:00pm
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Larry graduated with a Master of Global Affairs from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in 2017 and a BSPH in Biostatistics from UNC in 2016. He has worked on a number of data-driven projects, including developing new metrics to assess PGA TOUR player and tournament value, a social entrepreneurship for sexual health (SESH) project in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and a RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine efficacy study in Malawi. In addition to the Schwarzman, Larry won the Gates Cambridge, Churchill, and Goldwater fellowships. In his free time, Larry plays golf and tennis and cheers for the Tar Heels. Join us to hear about Larry’s experiences and learn how you can apply for these scholarships.

Are you interested in earning a graduate degree in Beijing? Studying at Cambridge? Pursuing a career in math, science, or engineering? Join us to hear about Larry’s experiences and learn how you can apply for these scholarships.

RSVP here.

Spring 2017 Events

General Awards Information Session

Interested in Fellowship, Scholarship & professional Opportunities? Join ODS to learn more about a variety of amazing options. Get advice on the application process from a recent awardee & committee chairs.

Seating is limited, please RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 12
3:30 – 5:00pm
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Mitchell Scholars Info Session

Study in Ireland! The Mitchell Scholarship Program is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service. All disciplines are welcome. Meet the Director of the Mitchell Scholarship to learn more.

Seating is limited, please RSVP here.

Monday, April 24
10:30 – 11:30am
Graham Memorial 039

Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes Application Prep Shop

Calling juniors and seniors preparing to apply for the Marshall, Mitchell, and/or Rhodes scholarships. Now is the time to prepare materials for the 2018 class of Scholars! Join us for a hands-on prep shop, we’ll cover general tips and take a look at CVs, resumes & personal statements.

Seating is limited, please RSVP here.

Wednesday, April 26
3:30 – 5:00pm
Graham Memorial 039

ODS and Career Services CV/Personal Statement Workshop

CVs and personal statements are an important part of your fellowship/scholarship application! Join ODS and Honors Carolina Advising & Career Guides as we cover important resume basics and offer strategies to help effectively present your skills and experiences. This is a round-table event, bring your materials for hands-on feedback!

Seating is limited, please RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 29
4:00 – 5:00pm
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Rhodes Scholars Info Session

The Rhodes is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. Every year, 32 Americans from any discipline are among the 80+ Scholars-elect from across the world selected to study at Oxford University for two years. Scholars can pursue a course of study of their own choosing while working toward a master’s degree or a second bachelor’s degree. Applicants are selected on the basis of intellectual distinction, leadership, and service. Join ODS and Elliot Gerson, Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, and UNC Rhodes Scholar Aisha Saad for more information on the application process and experience.

Seating is limited, please RSVP here. Lunch provided.

Monday, March 27
12:00 – 1:30pm
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Knight-Hennessy Scholars Info Session

Each year up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated intellect, leadership potential and civic commitment will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford University. Join us to learn more about the new Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Meet the program’s executive director, learn about the admission process and criteria, and get your questions answered. Lunch provided.

Seating is limited, please register here.

Wednesday, February 15
12:00 – 1:00pm
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Schwarzman Scholars Info Session

The Schwarzman Scholars program, inspired by the Rhodes Scholarships, is designed to train future leaders to meet challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to understand China, its role in global trends, and their own role as future leaders. Scholars will develop their leadership skills through a one-year master’s degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institutes of higher education. Join ODS and Schwarzman Scholars Global Director of Admissions, Rob Garris, to learn more about the Schwarzman application process and experience. We will have the added pleasure of meeting a UNC alum who was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, Jialing Jiang.

Seating is limited, please register here.

Wednesday, February 22
4:30 – 5:30pm
Graham Memorial 039


Fall 2016 Events

ODS Info Session with English and Comparative Literature Department

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Greenlaw 301

Are you a Humanities student interested in scholarship, fellowship or professional/academic funding opportunities? Join ODS and ECL to learn more about a variety of programs.

Dinner provided!

ODS Info Session with Carolina Covenant

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
2:00—3:30 pm
Graham Memorial, Room 039 (Basement Level)

Are you a Covenant Scholar interested in scholarships, fellowships and/or study abroad programs?  Join us for an info session to learn more about these opportunities! Meet ODS and Covenant staff for an overview your options and the application process.

All classes and majors are welcome!

Panel on Funding for Opportunities for Studying in Asia

Thursday, November 3, 2016
3:00—4:30 pm
Graham Memorial, Room 039 (Basement Level)

Interested in learning about grants, scholarships, and internships in Asia?  Or awards that can help you study Asia and/or Asian languages? Ready for the next challenge in your education? Join us for this info session! Presented in conjunction with the Carolina Asia Center and Honors Carolina, meet with Inger Brodey,  Director of ODS, Thupten Norbu, Director of the Carolina Asia Center, Gina Difino, Director of Honors Carolina Study Abroad, and more!

ODS Fall Information Session

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
5:30—6:45 pm
Pleasants Room, Wilson Library

Who Should Attend: Undergraduate students interested in attending graduate school, pursuing post-undergraduate fellowships, or engaging in undergraduate humanities and science research.

Students will receive an overview of nationally-competitive prestigious scholarship and fellowship opportunities that require an institutional vetting process known as endorsement. Some of these scholarships include the Rhodes, Marshall, Luce, Goldwater, and Boren.

Featured Speakers
  • Professor Inger S. Brodey, ODS Director
  • Chairs of several UNC Scholarship Selection Committees

Learn more about awards requiring UNC endorsement.