NC Fellows


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Founded in 1967, the North Carolina Fellows Program is a three-year, cohort-based program whose mission is to reimagine traditional understandings of leadership by engaging in meaningful dialogue, creating a supportive community, increasing self-awareness amongst its members, and encouraging positive change.

Currently housed in the Office of Student Life & Leadership, the NC Fellows Program selects 25 first year students per year to embark on a unique leadership development journey during their time at Carolina that includes both curricular and co-curricular components.  

As a result of participating in the North Carolina Fellows Program, students will be able to: 

  • Evaluate how individual, group, and societal values influence their ability to lead. 

  • Define future leadership goals based on current and past leadership experiences.

  • Identify strategies for resiliency through reflective self-discovery. 

  • Understand the implications of human and cultural differences 

  • Engage in civic responsibility, and identify engagement opportunities within the UNC, local, national, and global communities.

  • Demonstrate how leadership theories apply to their everyday leadership practice

Check out our NC Fellows brochure for more information! 


Sophomore Year

Sophomore year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning individual values and consciousness of self. This is accomplished during the required Sophomore Seminar, which is a three-credit hour course that takes place in the Fall semester. The primary purpose of this course is to facilitate learning opportunities and experiences which allow participants to learn more about leadership development from an educational perspective, their values and identities and how those play a role in their leadership style and multiple facets of their lives. In addition, participants will learn more about their cohort members and engage in dialogue about community and societal issues.  

Junior Year

The Junior year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning group values and consciousness of others. Junior members will have meetings once a month that allow for dialogue amongst their cohort that encourages them to create positive change through various avenues.

Senior Year

The Senior year of the NC Fellows program is focused around learning community values and consciousness of context. Throughout the Spring of their senior year, NC Fellows will take a required one credit hour capstone course.  This course is focused on reflecting on one's experience both inside and outside the NC Fellows program, and learning how to apply leadership concepts, skills and experiences beyond college.