State funds and tuition pay only part of the costs to recruit and retain the best faculty and support the unique liberal-arts programs that are the hallmarks of the Carolina experience. Private funds sustain and enhance these extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty.

Every gift to the College of Arts and Sciences makes a difference. There are a number of giving opportunities and priorities that allow you to tailor your gift to the areas you wish to support:


The Annual Fund

Gifts to the Arts and Sciences Annual Fund play a crucial role in funding our highest priorities—recruiting and retaining faculty, enhancing student engagement, deepening academic excellence and achieving global impact. This support helps shape the experience of nearly every student in the College. To learn more, please visit the Annual Fund website.

Endowment Giving Opportunities

For details about specific programs, contact:

Anne Collins
Associate Dean of Development
The Arts and Sciences Foundation
CB# 6115
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6115

College Support

Naming the Deanship. Endowing the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences provides the leader who holds this position with critically needed resources to seize new strategic opportunities as they arise in faculty recruitment and program development.


Department Chairs and Program Directors. Endowed department chair and program director funds provide academic leaders critically needed monies to support the work of their departments and programs in the teaching and learning of students.

Faculty Support

Professorships. Professorships enable Carolina to recruit, retain and support outstanding faculty. These endowed funds supplement faculty salaries as well as provide support for course development, research, graduate assistants and equipment.
  • Eminent Professorships create and support new faculty positions for teacher-scholars who are highly acclaimed in their fields.
  • Professorships recruit rising stars or retain outstanding faculty members whose growing prominence is attracting the notice of other institutions.


Postdoctoral Fellowships. Postdoctoral fellowships enable science departments to recruit research associates who are at the most productive stage in their careers to research projects led by senior faculty They thereby assist these departments in recruiting and retaining superlative teacher-scholars.


Visiting Professorships. Distinguished visiting scholars, writers and artists contribute to the Carolina intellectual environment by bringing new perspectives and experiences to complement the expertise of the College’s permanent faculty.


Institute for the Arts and Humanities Fellowships. Fellowships allow faculty from various disciplines to devote a semester away from the classroom to learn from each other in special seminars and to return to teaching with new perspectives and a renewed commitment to teaching.


Dean’s Academic Leadership Funds. Academic Leadership Funds enable the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to support department chairs and program directors as they work to recruit and retain outstanding faculty.


Faculty Excellence Funds. These highly sought gifts demonstrate Carolina’s commitment to maintaining a world-class faculty by providing crucial non-salary support to faculty for a variety of teaching and scholarly needs, including research assistants, travel and the acquisition of special archival and database materials.


Departmental Excellence Funds. Departmental funds provide needed resources to chairs, enabling them to recognize the work of faculty and provide exceptional learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.


Hill Hall Auditorium Renovation Please contact the Arts and Sciences Foundation for naming opportunities.
The FedEx Global Education Center

Undergraduate Student Support

Merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarships are a high priority for the University and the College. They allow Carolina to recruit and support the top students from North Carolina and the nation–students who stimulate the intellectual climate and play a critical role in Carolina’s quest to become the nation’s leading public university.
  • The Carolina Scholars Program is a comprehensive academic scholarship program designed to attract the most qualified students from across the state and around the nation. The program provides students with substantial scholarship support, faculty mentoring and social programming opportunities, including automatic participation in Honors Carolina.


Need-based scholarships. Need-based scholarships ensure that no academically qualified student is denied the opportunity to study at Carolina because of inadequate financial resources. These scholarships also provide the campus with a more diverse student body.


Study Abroad scholarships. One of the College’s highest priorities is to encourage more students to spend a semester or year studying abroad. Higher expenses related to transportation, food and tuition often exclude students who depend on financial aid, which is limited for study abroad.
  • Carolina Covenant Study Abroad scholarships provide financial assistance to study abroad for academically capable students whose financial need qualifies them for the Carolina Covenant Scholarship Program.
  • Study Abroad scholarships provide students with life-changing international study and learning opportunities that can last from a few weeks in the summer through an entire academic year.

Graduate Student Support

Fellowship Support. Carolina needs new graduate fellowship support to compete successfully for the most promising graduate students, who in turn contribute to the university’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier research and teaching institutions and to the recruitment and retention of top faculty. Flexible fellowship support can leverage state-funded stipends to raise the total fellowship award available to top students. In this way, fellowship support enables academic departments in the College to recruit their best and brightest candidates.


Dissertation Fellowships. Dissertation fellowships provide valuable support to graduate students as they research and write their dissertations.


Graduate Student Excellence Funds. These provide stipend and summer support or travel and research monies to graduate students.

Enhancing the Undergraduate Experience

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships. Undergraduate research fellowships enhance students’ classroom experiences by enabling them to work closely with faculty in a focused area. In-depth research also provides important preparation for many careers, as well as for graduate school.


Honors Carolina. Carolina’s honors programs are considered among the most outstanding in the nation. Among its funding needs:
  • Honors Course Development Funds. Awards from funds such as these play a key role in sustaining the intellectual vitality of the Honors Carolina curriculum and maintaining its role as an incubator for new approaches to undergraduate teaching.
  • Honors Internship Stipends
  • Honors Study Abroad Scholarships. These scholarships ensure that Honors Study Abroad is available to all students, regardless of financial need. Past programs have been offered in London, Rome, Cape Town, Chile, Ghana and Thailand.
  • Honors Summer Research Fellowships

Academic Program Support

Departmental Lectureships. Lectureships enable academic departments and curricula to bring nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars to campus to address issues at the forefront of intellectual discussion and debate.