Financial and Tuition Assistance

The Global Studies MA program is primarily a tuition-based degree. Students are responsible for their tuition, fees, and other expenses.

External Funding Opportunities

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

FLAS fellowships fund the study of Less Commonly Taught Languages and area studies coursework. This program provides academic year and summer fellowships to assist graduate students and advanced undergraduates in foreign language and area studies. The goals of the fellowship program include: (1) to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area/international studies; (2) to stimulate the attainment of foreign language acquisition and fluency; and (3) to develop a pool of international experts to meet national needs. There are two types of FLAS grants offered by CGI:

  1. Summer intensive language study. Grants provide ~$2,500 in stipend and full tuition (up to $5,000) for approved intensive summer language courses in the US or abroad.
  2. An academic year course of study that includes both language and area studies courses. Academic year grants for GRADUATE students provide ~$15,000 in stipend plus full tuition and fees. Academic year grants for UNDERGRADUATE students provide $5,000 in stipend plus $10,000 in tuition and fees.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Program is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year Master’s degree, arranges internships in Washington, DC and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year Master’s program in a US institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program. At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be US citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need. Information and application materials for the program are available at The application deadline is January 19, 2016. The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

2016 Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
Number of Fellowships Offered: 5
Eligibility Requirements: US citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in Fall 2016
Online Application:
Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017
Finalists selected by the end of February; Fellows selected by mid-March
Contact:; 202.806.4367, 877.633.0002; or Tessa Henry, Program Officer, (Tessa.henry@howard.edu202.806.5952 

Rotary Peace Fellowships

The Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis.  Each Rotary district may nominate candidates for competition in the worldwide selection process. Up to 50 fellowships for master’s level studies are offered annually at one of five Rotary Peace Centers. Fellows can only be assigned to a center outside of their home country. Complete details of all of the Rotary Peace Centers and the application process can be found here. All Rotary Districts are encouraged to recruit qualified candidates in their area to apply for the fellowship.

At the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, Rotary Peace Fellows are supported by the fellowship for the 21-month duration of the program. The fellowship includes funding for tuition and other university fees, a monthly stipend for room and board, a contingency fund, funding for conferences and research, summer internship support, and transportation between the fellow’s home and study destination at the start and end of the fellowship period.

The application for studies commencing in August 2018 is now open. Applications must be submitted to Rotary International by July 1. For more information about the program, please visit

Additional external funding information from the UNC Graduate School is available at

NC Residency For Tuition Purposes

All students admitted to an academic program in the Graduate School are considered nonresidents for tuition purposes until they submit a residency application. Students who are new admits, have had a break in enrollment (either a fall or spring term missed) or have changed programs need to apply. This is regardless of time lived in the state or previous status as an undergrad or non-degree seeking students.

Graduate School residency information and application

Office of the Registrar residency information