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.

Fall 2018 Events

ODS Awards Information Session

Wednesday, September 12
12:30 – 1:30pm
Graham Memorial 039

Want to travel abroad? Planning to attend graduate school? Looking for an award that fits your interests? Join ODS to learn about nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships that can help you fund your goals. Find out how to apply for 15 endorsed awards, and how to find even more opportunities. All majors and years are welcome. Pizza will be served! RSVP here.

P.D. Soros Fellowships for New Americans Information Session

Wednesday, September 12
3:30 – 4:30pm
Phillips 367

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school and are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Join us to talk with the Deputy Director of the fellowship and learn how you can apply. Seniors and current graduate students are encouraged to attend.

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.

Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships Info Session

Wednesday, March 7
Graham Memorial 039

Learn about three extraordinary and prestigious opportunities for graduate study in Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Office of Distinguished Scholarships and guests will discuss these awards and how to apply at UNC. Students in ALL years and ALL majors are welcome to attend. Current juniors, seniors, and alumni will be eligible to apply in fall 2018.

Come late or leave early if needed. Lunch will be provided.

Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Q&A Session with UNC alumni and Rob Garris, Director of Admissions

Monday, April 9
5:00-6:00pm AND 6:00-7:00pm

The Schwarzman Scholars program is offering two group video question-and-answer sessions for UNC students who are interested in learning more about the program and/or the application process. Two UNC alumni who are also Schwarzman Scholars will join these sessions to speak about their experience in the program. The video conversations will not include a presentation and will start right away with your questions.  If you’d like to watch a pre-recorded presentation on the program beforehand so you are prepared to ask more advanced questions, the Schwarzman Scholars presentation is available here. The Schwarzman Scholars Program is designed to give students a better understanding of the new geopolitical landscape through a one-year Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Over time, Schwarzman Scholars will be a global community of leaders in politics, non-profit organizations, and business who together serve as intermediaries between China and the rest of the world.

Please sign up in advance. Email with questions.

ODS Scholarship Application Prep Shop

Thursday, April 19
Graham Memorial 039
Monday, April 23
Graham Memorial 011

Calling juniors and seniors planning to apply for graduate scholarships this fall. Now is the time to start preparing your materials! Join ODS for a hands-on prep shop that will cover general tips and take a look at CVs, resumes & personal statements. This prep shop will focus on the scholarships due at the beginning of the fall semester: Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, Schwarzman, and Knight-Hennessy.

Pizza will be provided. Space is limited.

End-of-Year Celebration

Tuesday, April 24
Graham Memorial Lounge & Terrace

We are celebrating every applicant who put in the hard work required to apply for a prestigious scholarship, and we are thanking the committee members, interviewers, and letter writers who supported them in the process. Our office wouldn’t run without all of you! Stop by for light refreshments and a short break from the end-of-semester busy-ness.

Highlights of Past Events

Information Session with Larry Han ’16 – Schwarzman Scholar, Gates Cambridge Scholar, and Goldwater Scholar

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.

General Awards Information Session

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!

Truman Scholarship Information Session

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.

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session

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.

ODS & Carolina Covenant Information Session

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.

The Boren Awards Interest Meeting

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!

Udall Scholarship Webinar

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.

Dept. of State Funding Opportunities: Info Session

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. Awards that will be covered during this session include the Pickering Foreign Affairs FellowshipRangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, and Fulbright U.S. Student Program.