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Established in 1996 by the visionary Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Royster, The Royster Society of Fellows is the premier doctoral recruitment fellowship program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a member of the Royster Society of Fellows, graduate students become part of an exclusive community that extends beyond their time at the University.

Benefits include so much more than generous funding and travel opportunities. As a Royster fellow, students gain access to a wealth of benefits designed to enrich their academic journey and professional development. These benefits include:

Even after graduation, the benefits of Royster Society of Fellows membership continue. We actively encourage alumni to stay engaged with the Royster community throughout their professional journeys. Discover more about the exceptional benefits of being a part of the Royster Society of Fellows by clicking on the sections below. Additionally, you can explore our website to learn more about our current cohort of fellows.

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Funding & Travel



Tuition, Fees, Health Insurance

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration



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Unique Opportunities


Professional Development

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Supportive Community

Social Support


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Faculty & Mentoring

Committed Faculty

Mentoring Skills

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Leadership & Service

Service Leadership

Pursue your Passion

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