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The Druscilla French Graduate Student Excellence Fund offers a one-time award ($5,000) to a current graduate student, in any section. You are eligible if you are a “high-achieving graduate student (terminal masters or doctoral)” who

  1. have distinguished yourself as a student and as a teacher or mentor to undergraduate students in a classroom or research setting while at UNC;
  2. must have completed at least 3 semesters of graduate study at UNC; and will most likely complete degree requirements and graduate within the next 4 semesters;
  3. must be a full-time student at the time of nomination and plan to be a full-time student in AY 2020-21;
  4. should actually be actively involved in research and/or teaching, and will be active in one or both in AY 2020-21.

A complete application includes:

  • Online application
  • Attachments:
    1. A brief (1-page) description of the student’s academic performance and progress toward degree completion, including stage of the dissertation;
    2. 1-page description of the student’s teaching and mentoring excellence;
    3. a brief (1 paragraph) description of the student’s likely future contribution to the discipline or chosen area of study;
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    5. Letter of Nomination from a faculty member (2 pages maximum)


  • One-time award for $5,000.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2020 (Must have a timestamp of 04:45 PM or earlier)

All materials should be submitted electronically, you may apply here.