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Program Overview

Explore – Experience – Engage

Learning is a lifelong process. Phillips Ambassadors actively seek new opportunities to learn and grow. The Phillips Ambassadors Program is one of the most generous and flexible scholarships for undergraduate study abroad at Carolina. The scholarship combines a financial award, an academic course, and a charge to students to share their unique study abroad experience with young people in their hometowns and with the Carolina community.

Phillips Ambassadors will:

  1. Successfully complete an eligible study abroad program in Asia.
  2. Receive a financial scholarship of $6000 to go toward the costs of the study abroad program.
  3. Successfully complete the Phillips Ambassadors Academic Course, a 3-credit hour graded global studies course led by Carolina faculty designed to help the Ambassadors understand their experience in a global context. The course will consist of 2 one-day weekend retreats before and 3 weekend retreats after the study abroad experience and participation in an on-line discussion while abroad. The course fulfills the BN general education requirement.
  4. Participate in an individual or collective “Give Back” project sharing their study abroad experience with the Carolina community or their hometown communities.
  5. Volunteer at one, or more, study abroad fairs or events.

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Strong communications skills
  • Curiosity and ambition
  • Academic achievement
  • Evidence of generous service to campus and community
  • Previous record of leadership

All UNC students in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who are accepted to a UNC-approved study abroad program in Asia, other than the Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies and a small number of other programs, are eligible to apply to become Phillips Ambassadors. Duke University undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply.

Qualified students from all academic majors may apply. Graduating seniors are not eligible. 25% of scholarships are awarded to qualified business majors and minors. Additional consideration may be given to students who have not previously participated in a university study abroad program in Asia, as well as students applying to programs that incorporate experiential learning and internships. No prior experience with Asia is required.

Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year, once during the fall semester, and again in the spring semester. Application deadlines coincide with study abroad program deadlines set by the Study Abroad and Kenan-Flagler Global Programs offices.