The Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program

The Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program supports graduate students who identify a summer internship opportunity and a willing professional mentor to enable them to explore a specific non-faculty career path and the skills necessary for success. In collaboration with this mentor, the student must create and propose a relevant, hands-on internship of at least 200 hours designed to achieve their specific goals for career exploration and experience. Fellowship funding of $4,000 for the summer will provide a living stipend and enable the graduate student to engage exclusively in this unique learning internship for the summer.

See how this innovative fellowship program is helping doctoral students explore exciting professional opportunities.

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Eligibility

You are eligible if:

You must be willing to provide a report on your internship experience after the award period and again during the semester in which you intend to graduate.

Your professional mentor must be willing to provide a written evaluation of your work to The Graduate School at the conclusion of your fellowship (no later than September 15th).

Internship Experience

The Richard Bland Fellowship provides support for students who are using their internship as an opportunity to explore a specific non-faculty career path. The fellowship cannot be used for the purpose of advancing the student's research (though some overlap may be inevitable.) Applicants must be able to clearly articulate how the internship relates to their specific career goals and what they hope to gain from this experience, both intellectually and professionally.

Students who have not had opportunities to explore non-faculty careers previously will be given priority, and the fellowship cannot be used to fulfill a graduate program internship requirement or supplement a similar required graduate program experience.

This fellowship is designed to support internship opportunities that would otherwise be unpaid. Students should not receive funding for this opportunity from another source (including the host organization) simultaneously with this fellowship. Additionally, the fellowship should not replace other available funding.

The fellowship cannot be used to support internships where the primary work tasks involve advocating for a particular political party, candidate or platform.

Presentation from the 11/8/2016 Richard Bland Fellowship Workshoppdf icon

Selection Criteria

We select awardees based on how ready they are to productively use the time of this summer fellowship. You must have a well-articulated internship plan, definitive career exploration and learning objectives, and preparations in place regarding a sponsoring organization and professional mentor to support your plans.

Fellowship Opportunities

Curriculum Development and Event Planning Graduate Intern, Southern Oral History Programpdf icon

Communications Intern, Center for the Study of the American Southpdf icon

Check back regularly as additional opportunities may be posted.

Previous Bland Fellows

2016

Gonzalo De Asis Ruiz, Economics, Tiger Management LLC

Michaela Dwyer, American Studies & Folklore, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh

Allison Forbes, City & Regional Planning, Urban Institute

Gale Greenlee, English & Comparative Literature, UNCG Office of Leadership & Service Learning

Mackenzie Herzog, Epidemiology, Quintiles

Sydney Jones, Epidemiology, Active Living by Design

Rebeccah Sokol, Health Behavior, NC Division of Public Health

Thomas Phillips, Romance Studies, Duke University Advising Corps

2015

Christa Bentley, Music, The Bluegrass Situation

Emma Calabrese, English & Comparative Literature, The Center for the Study of the American South

Michael Crowder, Education, Harnett County School District

Kristen Downs, Environmental Sciences & Engineering, North Carolina Sea Grant

Geoffrey Hughes, Anthropology, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

Meredith Jones, Education, Military Extension Internship Program

Maria Obando, Juntos at NCSU

Mariah Smith, Education, Green Plus/Redwoods Group Foundation

Christian Straubhaar, Chatham County Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services

Nikhil Tomar, Occupational Science, Club Nova

Award Amount

The award is a one-time $4,000 stipend at the beginning of the summer.

Stipend $4,000
Tuition None
Fees None
Health insurance None
Length of support Three summer months
TA/RA position No

Depending on funding, this award may change from year to year.

Deadline

Deadlines are posted on the funding deadlines calendar.

How to Apply

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  1. Prepare an internship plan, career plan, description of your learning goals, and curriculum vitae. Arrange for a recommendation letter of commitment from your professional mentor. Be sure to follow the application guidelines.
    View Frequently Asked Questions about the online award application.
  2. Submit your materials to The Graduate School Award Online Application.
  3. Once you submit your application, your mentor will receive an email asking him/her to submit a letter via the online system.
  4. At the same time, the fellowship and award approver for your department will receive an email notifying them that you submitted your application. Your department does not need to rank your application or submit a nomination.
  5. We will notify awardees in the middle of April.

Application Guidelines

We cannot consider your application if you exceed any of the page limits or if you do not follow the proper format. All materials must be double-spaced, with 12-point font, 1-inch margins, pages numbered, and the applicant's name on each page.

A complete application includes:

Online Application

Internship Plan

Format: No more than 2 pages. Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, numbered pages, your name on each page.

The plan should include:

Career Plan

Format: No more than 1 page. Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, numbered pages, your name on each page.

Learning Goals

Format: No more than 1 page. Double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, numbered pages, your name on each page.

Curriculum vitae or resume

Format: No more than 2 pages. 12-point font, 1-inch margins, numbered pages, and your name on each page.

• Include recent professional activities, awards, honors, and courses you have taught.

• Other sources of funding awarded or pending

Letter of Commitment from your Professional Mentor

Indicate the email addresses of your mentor in your application.

Once you submit your application, your mentor will receive an email asking him/her to submit a letter of recommendation.

Instructions for mentors:

Each letter of recommendation should be no more than 4,000 characters (spaces included), which is approximately 600 words or one single-spaced page.

Address the letter of recommendation "To the Fellowship Committee."

Include:

Contact Us

Graduate School Fellowships Office
gradfunding@unc.edu