UNC System Equity Fellows Program

Sponsored by the John M. Belk Endowment, the UNC System Equity Fellows Program aims to enhance the ability of UNC institutions to deliver high-quality, high-touch first and second year advising to underrepresented students that will drive improvement in retention and completion rates. This program would capitalize on the exceptional work and talent of the College Advising Corps (CAC) by recruiting corps members that have finished their commitment to CAC to serve as first- and second-year student success coaches at UNC System institutions.

Role Expectations

Equity Fellows will both support students and hold them accountable for making progress toward their goals. Fellows will work with their cohort to provide high quality, high touch coaching and advising services from the start of their students’ career to help them succeed in their first year of college, persist from freshman to sophomore year, and make progress toward choosing a major and finishing on-time. Fellows will meet in-person with students three to five times each semester and will have additional contact with the students through a combination of texts, phone calls, emails, and drop-in office hours.

Compensation & Benefits

Fellows will receive a two-year $15,000 stipend and a graduate assistantship, with full tuition and fee remission, in a graduate degree program at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina A&T State University, or UNC-Chapel Hill.

Fellows will receive training from their home institution on advising processes and systems and will also participate in System-level coaching professional development with fellows from other institutions. System-level professional development will focus on the fundamentals of coaching and how to engage with students in initial and ongoing meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

Download a summary of position details and expectations

  • Be an accepted graduate student at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, NC A&T, or UNC-Chapel Hill and begin in Fall 2024 (at the time of application)
  • Currently serving or have served as a NC College Advising Corps Adviser
  • Be a North Carolina Resident as classified by the N.C. Residency Determination Service (RDS) (prior to receiving an offer)

Apply to be an 2024 Equity Fellow

The application consists of short and long-form responses and requires a resume and letter of reference. A downloadable version of the application will be available soon. If you require an accommodation to complete this application form, please contact Shun Robertson at srobertson@northcarolina.edu.

Application opens November 1, 2023.

Equity Fellows Priority Deadline is March 1st, 2024. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots have been filled for the 2024-2025 cohort. North Carolina residency status will be confirmed with the N.C. Residency Determination Service (RDS) prior to extending acceptance offers and must be maintained for the duration of the fellowship. Acceptance decisions will be released in April 2024. Unselected candidates will also be notified in April 2024.

Updates about the Equity Fellows process will continue to be posted on this website.

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Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions about the program and application process.

Information Sessions

Please join us virtually to discuss the Equity Fellow Application Process and Responsibilities.

No Upcoming Information Sessions At This Time.

Click here to view recordings from prior virtual sessions: CAC Adviser Session (9/26/23)


Contact Shun Robertson, Vice President for Access and Strategy, at srobertson@northcarolina.edu or Tia Anderson, Administrative Fellow for Equity Fellows Program, at tdanderson@northcarolina.edu.