Giving to The Graduate School

Spotlight on giving…
The Summer Research Fellowships

Here is a challenge: Statistics indicate that doctoral students in the humanities and social/behavioral sciences are much more likely to support themselves with teaching assistantships—which take substantial time—rather than research assistantships that enable them to make progress on their dissertation research.

In some cases, the lengthy time commitment for doctoral students in the humanities and social/behavioral sciences means they are not completing their degrees at all.

One way to address this challenge at Carolina is to offer selected students in the humanities and related fields three months of summer funding, allowing them to devote these months to their research. A private gift from the estate of Thomas Ferdinand and the ongoing support of other generous individuals has enabled The Graduate School to make that possible.

Chris Hakkenberg, the Kevin Satisky and Judith Thorn Summer Research Fellow, speaks with Suzanne Buchta.

Chris Hakkenberg, left, the Kevin Satisky and Judith Thorn Summer Research Fellow, speaks with Suzanne Buchta.

Charlotte Agger, pictured with Thelma Zaytoun, was the recipient of a Thelma Zaytoun Summer Research Fellowship.

Charlotte Agger, right, pictured with Thelma Zaytoun, was the recipient of a Thelma Zaytoun Summer Research Fellowship.

Harold Glass funded 10 Summer Research Fellowships in 2013 and is pictured with some recipients of his fellowships.

Harold Glass, far left, funded 10 Summer Research Fellowships in 2013 and is pictured with some recipients of his fellowships.


The first Summer Research Fellowships were awarded for summer 2010, with fellowships awarded each summer since that time. Students are selected through a competitive process and receive support for three very productive summer months. They conduct research in archives and libraries in places such as Washington, D.C., New York City, Sacramento and Seoul. Faculty advisers evaluate the students’ progress as exceptional, and they, as well as the students, express deep appreciation for this essential funding.

Thanks to the support of generous donors, dedicated groups of students will serve as summer fellows and make their own equally exceptional progress for years to come. Please help us ensure the continued strength of this program by providing a gift toward the Summer Research Fellowships. Your donation will have an immediate impact on the life of a Carolina graduate student.

Every gift of $2,000 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, with an equal amount from The Graduate School fund. The combined amount of $4,000 will support an outstanding graduate student in the fine arts, humanities, social/behavioral sciences and selected professional programs such as education, library science and journalism, to enable that student to focus on his or her own research during the summer.

And for a gift at this level, the student’s fellowship would bear your name, or the name of someone whom you wish to honor. Most importantly, you will know that you personally helped a deserving student make significant progress toward his or her degree and reduce loan indebtedness.

A gift of any amount will make a difference in the lives of Carolina graduate students.

Learn more about giving to The Graduate School

Payment options

  • To make a gift by check:

    Please make your check payable to UNC-Chapel Hill and designate Summer Research Fellowships (2344) in the memo line and mail to:
    The Graduate School
    200 Bynum Hall, CB 4010
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010

  • To make a gift online:

    Please click on the “Make a Gift” button, select “Summer Research Fellowships” in the drop-down menu.

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Questions?

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Rob Bacchus at rbacchus@email.unc.edu.