UNC's Global Gap Year Fellowship at the Campus Y

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File 4260If you could dedicate a year between high school and college – a “gap year” – committed to public service anywhere in the world, where would you go?

UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship (GGYF) supports seven incoming first-year students as they explore that question.

The highly competitive, nine-month fellowship, housed in and administered by the Campus Y, awards a $7,500 stipend to high school graduates who have been accepted to UNC Early Action and want to defer admission for one year to blend volunteer service, work and international exploration. 

The GGYF was made possible by an anonymous gift of $1.5 million to the Campus Y, providing support for students who would not otherwise be able to fund their service work.

Global Gap Year Fellows develop an extensive proposal with the help of Campus Y staff and and attend GO! global orientation prior to departure.

Campus Y staff provide mentoring during the fellows' time abroad, and a partnership with UNC student gap year advocacy group Gappl helps fellows transition into college life and integrate their experience into their education when they return to campus.

For more information:

Email Global Gap Year Fellowship Coordinator Jakelin Bonilla at globalgap@unc.edu, or like us on Facebook. Follow along with the current class of Fellows on the Global Gap Year Fellowship blog!

To apply:

Visit the Global Gap Year Fellowship Website's Apply page. 

2014-2015 Global Gap Year Fellows Selected

After some difficult deliberations, we selected the 4th class of UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellows. Notifications were immediately sent to all recipients, and student responses ranged from enthusiastic gratitude to shocked disbelief.

A great team selected this year’s recipients. The search committee included leaders from Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Admissions, APPLES, the National College Advising Corps, the Center for Global Initiatives, previous Fellows, and Campus Y student leaders. 

Thank you to everyone who assisted with the search process! We look forward to welcoming this year’s class at the Global Gap Year Orientation from April 4-6, 2014. During orientation, Fellows will meet the Global Gap Year community and participate in workshops to begin planning their gap year. These workshops cover topics from nitty-gritty logistics to making the most of the gap year. Fellows will also connect with “gappers” abroad and talk to former Fellows at UNC. This is an exciting weekend for our new Fellows as they begin to shape and think through their proposed global service projects.


Meet Cecilia Polanco '16, a 2011-2012 Global Gap Year Fellow. Click here to watch more videos!

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