UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


GBC adds fellowships, grant programs and conference funding for students


The Global Business Center this year adds new MBA and undergraduate business fellowships, a grant program for global initiatives developed by student clubs, and financial support for a new student-created, student-led conference on emerging markets.

The new offerings are part of major expansion of programs designed to help UNC Kenan-Flagler students develop greater understanding of global business practices and develop their ability to conduct business effectively in the global marketplace.

“Students need global business skills for virtually any career they pursue if they intend to reach the executive level,” said GBC Executive Director Julia Kruse. “Our focus this year is on engaging many more students than we have reached in the past and accelerating their development as global business executives.”

The new programs, all funded with the GBC’s Center for International Business Education and Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, are:  

  • MBA and undergraduate fellowships – GBC adds a second fellowship for MBA students and a new one for undergraduate business majors. Fellows serve one-year terms as liaisons to students, helping GBC expand its outreach and increase its impact, and providing tactical and strategic planning assistance for GBC programs.
  • Emerging Markets Conference – Students, under Bern Moorehead’s leadership, conceived and are developing a December conference for business students focused on doing business in emerging markets, a major area of focus for GBC. The conference builds on earlier center events focused on Africa and India, two priority regions for UNC Kenan-Flagler. Students envision the conference will be an annual event that brings together experts from academia, business and government to examine critical issues and best practices for investing and working in emerging markets.
  • Grants for student club programming – GBC is providing grant funding to two UNC Kenan-Flagler clubs this year to develop programs that expand students’ global competence and have a good chance of becoming self-sustaining. The center received five proposals in early September. GBC selected the two most promising and most aligned with GBC’s mission for grant funding this year.

Students will learn more about these new initiatives and all of the programs GBC offers them at the annual welcome event on Oct. 29. A keynote speaker will share global business scenarios based on personal experience and discuss global competencies required for successful business careers. GBC program faculty and staff will be on hand to meet with students and answer questions. 

For more information about GBC and its programs for students, faculty, staff and businesses, visit www.gbc.unc.edu.