SUMMARY OF APPLICATION MATERIALS
Note: The same application is used to apply for the Burch Fellowship, Carolina Blue Fellowship, and Robinson Honors Fellowship. You may only apply for one fellowship per year.
Include a current personal résumé of 1-2 pages. List work experience, campus and community activities, and honors and awards received in college.
Provide a short biographical statement (100 words or less) about yourself, your interests, and the general project you would like to pursue. See the current Burch Fellows web page for an example.
Fellowship Experience Proposal
Fellows should design a fellowship experience of no less than 6 weeks and no more than 1 year. A fellowship proposal (1,200 word limit) should address the following:
- A detailed description of your project that explains what, where, when, how long, with whom, and why. Include any relevant background information that will help the committee understand your project.
- A description of relevant experience you have had that has prepared you for the project you are proposing (i.e. language skills, research experience, work experience, etc.)
- The goals you have set for yourself and how you plan to accomplish them
- The significance of your project to the local community
- How you will address potential language barriers or other challenges
- How you plan to use the knowledge and skills you gain during your fellowship experience in the future
All applicants need to identify a faculty advisor for the fellowship. This should be someone who has seen your proposal and worked with you to advise on proposal content, logistics, and/or questions you should be asking with your project.
Using an Excel spreadsheet, provide specific details regarding all expenses connected with your proposed fellowship experience. Wherever possible, these should be actual, rather than estimated, expenses. Include both the sources and calculations of the individual line items in your budget. Include program costs (if applicable), entry fees, visas, transportation, meals, lodging, and mandatory health insurance at $1.50 per day. The stipend is $6,000, so any budgeted cost above that amount will not be funded by the fellowship. Click here to view a sample budget.
The Burch Fellowship does not cover the cost of existing programs unless they are a supplemental component of your project (i.e., a language course). As a general rule, durable goods that can be used beyond the time of the fellowship are not allowable expenses. Cameras and other equipment that is necessary for your project can be rented from the Media Resources Center in the Undergraduate Library. Check with their staff as you are planning your budget.
Provide a high-resolution head shot photograph (.jpg or .jpeg file) for promotional purposes. It does not need to be professionally taken.
Unofficial UNC Transcript
Provide a copy of your current unofficial UNC transcript, including your last semester’s grades. Click here for information on how to obtain your transcript online.
Letters of Recommendation
Request two letters of recommendation directly from faculty directly through your application on HeelsAbroad. We encourage you to share your personal statement/proposal and résumé with individuals who are in a position to: (a) assess the talent/promise you cite as the basis for your consideration as a Burch Fellow, and (b) comment on the likely benefit and feasibility of the fellowship experience you propose.
Timing: Please provide this information at least two weeks prior to the application deadline so these individuals have adequate time to complete the recommendation.
Letter of Support
If your proposed experience requires obtaining special permission from companies, archives, government agencies, faculty members, or other individuals/organizations, you must submit at least one letter of support or authorization with your application. Applicants should contact such these organizations or individuals as early as possible and at least two weeks prior to the deadline. We recommend that you share your personal statement/proposal and résumé with these organizations or individuals.
All application materials – including letters of reference and support – are due before January 29. Please have all of your documents ready to submit before beginning the online application. You cannot save your progress, so applications must be completed in one sitting.Apply Now
For questions about application submission, please contact HonorsBurch@unc.edu.
For questions about your project, contact Gina Difino at email@example.com.