Royster Society of Fellows Membership is selective, rewarding, and continues beyond graduation

  • Benefits include so much more than generous funding. Interdisciplinary learning, networking, professional development and social opportunities are key benefits of membership.
  • The Nomination Process is highly selective.
  • Lifetime involvement. The benefits of membership extend far beyond graduation. Alumni are invited to continue in networking, professional development and other engagement.

Process for Five-Year Fellowships

The Royster Society of Fellows was developed collaboratively with doctoral programs across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to complement and strengthen the excellent graduate education opportunities at Chapel Hill. Entering students are selected annually from the most talented new students admitted to graduate programs at Carolina.

Prospective applicants cannot apply directly. Each year, all doctoral programs nominate a limited number of exceptionally talented prospective students for the Royster Society of Fellows. An interdisciplinary committee of faculty from across the Chapel Hill campus selects individuals to be offered membership based on outstanding academic and professional experience and achievement, with additional consideration for the broad diversity and interdisciplinary goals of the Royster program. These applicants are offered a competitive stipend, full tuition, fees, health insurance, and travel funding among other benefits of the Royster Society of Fellows.

Process for Dissertation-Year Fellowships

A limited number of Royster Dissertation Completion Fellows are selected annually on the basis of their superior achievement in graduate study, the significance of their dissertation research, and their potential as future leaders. Students begin this process by making an application to The Graduate School, which is then reviewed for nomination by the respective academic program. An interdisciplinary committee of faculty from graduate programs across the University then reviews these nominations and selects the students to be offered Dissertation Completion Fellowships within the Royster Society of Fellows.

Learn more about applying for a Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Hear from the Fellows: Benefits of Membership


Royster Fellows are expected to fully engage and share their talents, experiences and perspectives with their colleagues. They are expected to contribute to the University and society through their research, teaching, outreach and leadership. They are expected to complete their degrees with the highest levels of scholarly achievement in a timely manner. Finally, Fellows are expected to make a positive impact in the world through the career and life they pursue, reflecting the high ideals of the Royster Society of Fellows.

Hear from the Fellows: Unlimited Opportunities