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Apply to the Phillips Ambassadors Program

The Phillips Ambassadors Program is open to UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University undergraduate students across all majors, who are applying for a UNC-approved study abroad academic program located in East Asia, South Asia or Southeast Asia, for fall, spring, summer, academic year or calendar year terms. 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 since one needs to be enrolled and on campus for at least one term after you study abroad to complete your Global Studies class and Give Back.

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. Some preference may be given to applicants who will be on campus for longer than the required one semester after studying abroad.

Select Phillips Ambassadors applicants will be invited to interview.

Application Periods (Kenan-Flagler global programs deadlines differ slightly)

For Summer study abroad programs

November 15 to January 31

For Fall and Academic Year study abroad programs

November 15 to March 1

For Spring study abroad programs

August 1 to September 10

Application Components:

A few demographic questions
A few short essay prompts (100-150 words each)
Resume upload
Application reviewers will also review all study abroad/global programs application essays and other submitted materials

UNC Chapel Hill Students

If you are a student from any major, including business school majors/minors, applying to an eligible study abroad program in Asia through the UNC Study Abroad Office, the Phillips Ambassadors scholarship application is part of the regular study abroad application process. Simply begin your application for an eligible Asia program and answer the required question about whether or not you want to apply for the Phillips Ambassadors scholarship. If you select “yes,” you will encounter a few demographic questions, a few short essay prompts, and a resume upload.


If you are a business school student applying to an eligible global program in Asia through the Kenan-Flagler Global Programs office, the Phillips Ambassadors scholarship application is part of the global programs application process. It includes a few demographic questions, a few short essay prompts, and a resume upload. Please note that GLOBE program participants are not eligible for the Phillips Ambassadors Program.


Duke University Students
Visit the Duke Phillips Ambassadors page for details on how to apply.