DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship

Note: As of November 2013, this fellowship program is currently unavailable. Please contact the Graduate School Fellowships Office with questions.

You must apply for the DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship through UNC. The Graduate School pre-selects nominees for this fellowship once a year.

This review takes place in the fall for the following academic year.

We begin accepting pre-selection applications in late October or November. Applications are due in December. We will announce these dates on the Funding Listserv.


DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowships are awarded to encourage and assist American students in advanced study of international affairs at recognized American institutions of higher learning in the United States. The awards are made primarily on the basis of academic excellence.

A faculty committee will review the applications and select three students to be nominated to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship nationwide competition. The three nominees will be invited to interview with either the DACOR Education Committee in Washington, DC or members of DACOR in the Chapel Hill area in March 2013. One UNC student will be selected to receive the Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Although nominees are not required to seek a career in the Foreign Service of the United States, it is expected that they have an expressed interest in pursuing an international relations field such as a language, conflict resolution, economics or environmental science.


You are eligible if:

Award Amount

The DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship covers actual tuition costs, up to $10,000. In addition the Graduate School will provide a matching award that provides a $10,000 living stipend, health insurance, and mandatory student fees. The student's graduate program must be willing to provide the tuition remission for the student if the student is not an in-state resident for the entire fellowship year.


The Graduate School can nominate three students per year. Through an interview process, the Foundation will select one of these nominees to receive the fellowship.


Deadlines are posted on the funding deadlines calendar.

How to Apply

Submit one original and five collated copies of the following items to The Graduate School by the deadline.

Please collate each copy in the order listed below using a binder clip, not staples or paper clips. All materials should be single sided.

Application Guidelines

  1. Signed and completed pre-selection application formpdf icon
  2. Curriculum Vitae – no more than two pages
    • Format: 12-point font with 1-inch margins, pages numbered, and your name on each page
    • Must include date of birth and citizenship.
  3. A summary of your experience and career aspirations – approximately 600 words, double-spaced
    • Format: 12-point font with 1-inch margins, pages numbered, and your name on each page
    • This essay should expand on the curriculum vitae and cover such matters as special academic or other accomplishments, work experience, experience related to international affairs (e.g. foreign travel, foreign study, competence in foreign languages), career objectives and any other matters pertinent to the fellowship.
  4. Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended – undergraduate and graduate.
    • Unofficial copies (photocopies or printouts) may be used for the internal (pre-selection) application. If you are nominated to submit a final application, you will need official transcripts. All applicants must be prepared to submit all official copies by January 18. The registrars website has instructions on ordering transcripts during this very busy time of year.
  5. One faculty recommendation from a professor who has taught or worked closely with you – no more than one page
    • Ask your recommender to provide a single copy of their recommendation in one sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.

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