UNC Geography awards for Graduate Students:

The Cecile Daniel Osment Graduate Teaching Award (Deadline in spring, TBA): This award honors excellence in teaching among UNC Geography graduate students, including teaching fellows, lab instructors, and teaching assistants.

Travel Awards (Deadline: October 5 and February 5): For academic conference travel

Seed Research Awards (Deadline: October 5 and February 5): For conducting preliminary research needed to develop dissertation research project.

UNC Graduate School awards

Small Grants

The Graduate Student Transportation Grant assists graduate students with some of the transportation costs necessary for travel to a regional, national, or international academic conference or professional society meeting to present their dissertation research.

The Graduate Student Opportunity Fund (GSOF) assists students with unusual and unexpected academic expenses.


The Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship (GTIS) helps to cover the cost of tuition if you are receiving external funding that does not include tuition. You may be eligible if you are a masters or doctoral student with external funding for your thesis or dissertation. Apply directly.

Dissertation Fellowships

The Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports doctoral students engaged in research and writing toward the completion of their dissertations. Includes the Royster Society of Fellows Dissertation Completion Fellowships. Apply directly.

The Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship supports doctoral students conducting dissertation research away from the Chapel Hill campus. Apply directly.

The Sequoyah Fellowship is one of the special purpose Dissertation Completion Research Fellowships through the Royster Society of Fellows. It is open to both American Indian doctoral students doing research on any topic and all doctoral students doing research on American Indian topics. Apply directly.

The Summer Research Fellowship provides summer support to doctoral students in the fine arts and humanities, social sciences, and professional programs. Apply directly.

Impact award

These awards recognize graduate student research with an impact on North Carolina. All types of projects are welcomed. The electronic application for this year’s competition is available at http://gradschool.unc.edu/impact.

University teaching award for TAs (nomination required)

Tanner Awards to Graduate Teaching Assistants: Five Tanner Awards are given to graduate teaching assistants for excellence in undergraduate teaching.