NC Fellows

NC Fellows

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North Carolina Fellows Program (NC Fellows) is a three-year, cohort-based program designed based in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. The mission of the North Carolina Fellows Program 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. 

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 ofhuman 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

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. 

Applications and Deadlines


When:  You can apply in the winter of your first year at UNC and those first-years who are selected remain part of the program until graduation. Applications will reopen Fall, 2019!