The Phillips Ambassadors Program is open to UNC Chapel Hill  and select Duke University undergraduate students across all majors who are applying for a university-approved study abroad academic program in Asia (excluding Central Asia). Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as depicted on official transcript). Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply. Applications for summer, fall and year-long programs open on December 1 and are typically due in mid-February. Applications for spring programs open on July 1 and are typically due in mid-September. Please check program brochures for specific details. 

Phillips Ambassadors are selected based on their high level of academic achievement and commitment to activities, service, and leadership. Strong communication skills and evidence of self-motivation are important. A clear understanding and articulation of how Asia and one’s study abroad experience fit into long-term goals are also taken into account. Additional consideration may be given to students who have not previously studied abroad in Asia and to students applying to programs that incorporate experiential learning and internship opportunities.

Selected Phillips Ambassadors applicants will be interviewed.

For UNC Chapel Hill students 

PLEASE NOTE: Apply to study abroad program first, then open the Phillips Ambassadors scholarship application. Otherwise, you might not be able to access the Phillips Ambassadors application. 

QUICK LINK TO APPLY NOW TO PHILLIPS (for College of Arts and Sciences study abroad program applicants)

QUICK LINK TO APPLY NOW TO PHILLIPS  (for Kenan-Flagler Business School global program applicants)

More detailed instructions:

  • Browse list of qualifying programs to search for a programs in Asia (South, East, and Southeast). You can also go to the Study Abroad website and click on "Programs" in the upper left corner, click on "Advanced Search" in the upper right corner, scroll all they way down to the "Parameters" section, find "Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible" and select "Yes" from the dropdown, and click "Search" at the very bottom for a list of College of Arts and Sciences approved programs that are Phillips Ambassadors eligible.
  • Complete application for study abroad program through either the Study Abroad Office portal (College of Arts & Sciences approved programs) or the Kenan-Flagler portal (Kenan-Flagler approved programs). Please note that the study abroad application must be opened BEFORE the Phillips Ambassadors application, or the system might lock you out. 
  • After the study abroad application has been completed, complete the application for the Phillips Ambassadors Program scholarship for either College of Arts and Sciences programs or Kenan-Flagler programs (note: some questions for A & S and KFBS programs are different, so be sure to complete the correct scholarship application. If you open the wrong application by mistake, please delete it).
For Duke University students: