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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.

  • A limited number of competitive fellowships and teaching assistantships are available from the Curriculum in Global Studies.  Applicants for Fall 2021 admission who apply by the December 15th, 2020 deadline will be automatically considered for fellowship and teaching assistantship opportunities. 
  • The UNC-CH FAFSA (student loan) deadline is March 1, 2021 (school code 002974) for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. For more information, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, especially their Financial Aid Calendar resource.
  • The Graduate School has a site devoted to funding information:

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.


Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Payne Fellowship Program awards ten fellowships valued at up to $48,000 annually for a two-year program.  The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships (see below).  At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in fall 2019, have a GPA 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 Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University. The application deadline is November 1st, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements: US citizenship; GPA of 3.2/4.0; seeking to start two-year relevant grad program in Fall 2021
Online Application:
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2020
Finalists selected by mid December; Fellows selected by February

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