Duke Phillips Ambassador

In an effort to foster relations in Asian Studies between UNC and Duke University, the Phillips Ambassadors Program offers up to two scholarships each summer to qualifying Duke undergraduate students.

The Duke Phillips Ambassador will:

  • Participate on UNC Summer in India, UNC Summer in Japan or UNC Entrepreneurship Summer in Shanghai.
  • Receive a financial scholarship of $5,000 to go toward the costs of the study abroad program.
  • Complete the Phillips Ambassadors Course, GLBL 281, a UNC 3-credit hour global studies course led by Carolina faculty designed to help the Ambassadors understand their experience in a global context. The course includes weekend retreats in Chapel Hill both before and after the study abroad experience and participation in an on-line forum while abroad.
  • Be an ambassador by completing a Phillips Ambassadors give back requirement within a year after returning to Duke.

Selection Criteria

Phillips Ambassadors are selected based on their high level of academic achievement and commitment to activities, service and leadership roles in the classroom and beyond. 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 will are also taken into account.

Duke undergraduate students in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are accepted to either UNC Summer in India or UNC Summer in Japan are eligible to become Phillips Ambassadors. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Go to the brochure page of the program you wish to apply to on the UNC Study Abroad website, UNC Summer in India, UNC Summer in Japan, or UNC Entrepreneurship Summer in Shanghai. There you will find an Apply button. Clicking on this button will take you to your own application instruction and status page for the program you are considering. There, you will find all of the materials you need to complete the application process. Among these items is the scholarship application for the Phillips Ambassadors. (If this link does not appear, please contact the webmaster). Complete the scholarship application and submit it along with the rest of your application materials by the deadline for the term for which you are applying. Selected applicants will be interviewed in Chapel Hill.