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The Graduate School is currently accepting applications for the next Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education.

The Royster Society of Fellows was created through the vision and generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Royster in 1996. This is the premier doctoral recruitment fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Royster Society of Fellows membership is selective and continues beyond graduation. Benefits include so much more than generous funding and travel opportunities. Royster fellows benefit from:

The benefits of membership extend far beyond graduation. We invite alumni to continue their engagement with their Royster community throughout their professional careers. Learn more about the Royster Society of Fellows by clicking on the benefits below. You can also read more about our current cohort of fellows.

Deborah Dee

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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