Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship Details


The Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship is open to rising second, third, and fourth-year students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. You must be fully enrolled in the spring term prior to receiving the award and planning to return to campus in the following academic year. You do not have to be a member of Honors Carolina to apply. Preference will be given to students who have never traveled internationally.

All independent travel through UNC requires University approval. UNC can support undergraduate independent travel to locations with a Department of State level 1 or 2 advisory. Level 3 applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Please meet with the Director of Global Education and Fellowships to discuss your exception prior to submitting an application. To see what level a country is, visit

Even if applicants are selected for the fellowship, all must then receive University approval in order to accept the funding and travel to their designated location.

If you accept the Carolina Blue Fellowship award, you must withdraw from any other funding opportunities for the project. Likewise, if you have accepted another award for the fellowship period, you must withdraw your application for a Carolina Blue Fellowship.

Eligible Projects

There are two ways to be a Carolina Blue Honors Fellow: Internship Route and Faculty-Mentored Research Route

  • Applicants will propose an internship in a sports organization internationally.
  • Students source their own internships. If they need assistance, it is recommended to arrange a meeting with the Director of Global Education and Fellowships or with a career coach.
  • The fellowship prefers internships in start-up sports businesses, but the fellowship can be granted to work with any type of sports organization, including performance and research centers, non-profit organizations, and governmental organizations.
  • Applicants will agree to work a minimum of eight full weeks at the host organization and stay for a minimum of 60 days in the country where their sport-related internship placement is located.
  • Students apply though
  • Applicants identify international research opportunities through faculty, post-docs, or independently.
  • Applicants will agree to work a minimum of nine full weeks in the country where their sport-related research placement is located.
  • Students apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) through the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • How to Apply

  • Online Application through
  • Resume
  • Bio
  • Fellowship Proposal
  • Budget
  • Photograph
  • Unofficial UNC Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter(s) of Support

    Application Details Here
  • Online Application to SURF via the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • PDF of Official UNC Transcript
  • Project Proposal
  • Faculty Advisor Letter of Support
  • Optional: Letter of support from partner organization

    Application Details Here
  • Faculty Advisor

    Internship route students should identify and consult with a faculty member familiar with your work, the region you are going, or the type of internship you are proposing. This advisor can review your proposal and help address any questions that you may have in undertaking this experience.
    Research route students should identify the faculty supervising their research based on their area of expertise.

    Application Deadline

    Priority deadline: December 1

    Final deadline: February 1
    See deadline here


    Internship route finalists will undergo mandatory interviews in January/February. Fellows will be announced soon after the completion of the interviews, by March 5.
    Research route students’ applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary faculty committee. Fellows will be announced by April 15.