The James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
The Burch Fellows Program
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Past and Present Burch Fellows
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Honors Study Abroad and Burch Field Research Seminars


The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-CH alumnus Lucius E. Burch III. Its purpose is to recognize undergraduate students at the University who possess extraordinary ability, promise, and imagination. It grants up to $6000 to support self-designed off-campus experiences that will enable them to pursue a passionate interest in a way and to a degree not otherwise possible.

Applications for 2008 Burch Fellowships were due Friday, February 15, 2008 .

Previous Burch Fellows Have...

  • Studied the effects of globalization on traditional cultures in Bhutan and Ladakh, India
  • Worked as a rehabilitation volunteer for children with cerebral palsy in Ghana
  • Studied mime and stage combat in England
  • Biked 2,700 miles through Western China to document lives of ethnic minorities
  • Studied voice with an opera singer in New York City
  • Apprenticed under a master door carver in Tanzania
  • Worked with "flying doctors" in Kenya
  • Studied traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing
  • Researched the Red Colubus monkey in Zanzibar
  • Created a picture dictionary of the Coatzospan Mixtec language
  • Retraced the steps of a Medieval pilgrimage in France and Spain
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