North Carolina Excellence Fellowship

Through the North Carolina Excellence Fellowship, we seek to encourage diverse students to apply for doctoral programs.

This fellowship aims to make graduate education more possible and affordable for underrepresented students.


You are eligible if:

How is diversity defined for this fellowship?
We define diversity very broadly. It is not limited to race or ethnicity, but includes any attribute, background, or life experience that may contribute to an atypical or unique perspective in research and other contributions.

We consider educational experiences, including, when relevant, your class rank, courses, degree(s), educational program, employment, grades, volunteer activities, and work experience.

We also consider life experiences, including their variety, type, uniqueness, duration, and intensity.

There may be other factors that may contribute to diversity including, without limitation, age, economic circumstances, ethnicity, family educational attainment, disability, gender, geographic origin, maturity, race, religion, sexual orientation, social position, and veteran status.

Award Amount

This award provides a stipend, tuition, and health insurance for one year.

Stipend $22,000
Tuition Full tuition (academic rate only; does not include school-based tuition)
Fees Included
Health insurance Included
Length of support One 9-month academic year
TA/RA position No

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


You cannot apply directly for the NC Excellence Fellowship. Your program may nominate a limited number of applicants. We then select fellows from among nominees from across campus.

Please let your department know if you are interested in being nominated.


If you are offered this award, you must give written acceptance to The Graduate School by April 15th.

Contact Us

If you have questions, contact your program or email