The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a warm, friendly, and diverse place where people with all types of cultural experiences, ideals, and achievements feel at home. At Carolina, you will find ongoing support and a tight-knit community that opens its heart to people from every corner of the world.
The same can be said of our American Indian and Indigenous Studies concentration. AIIS students come from within and outside the state, as well as many different Indigenous nations.
As Dr. Clara Sue Kidwell, the American Indian Center’s first director, aptly stated, “The American Indian Center is the front door of the University for Native students and communities in the state of North Carolina and for Native people from across the country.” We encourage you to explore their website to access a wealth of information regarding student organizations, resources, and a detailed events calendar.
We also invite you to learn more about the undergraduate-oriented Carolina Indian Circle and Carolina American Studies Association, as well as the First Nations Graduate Circle and Native American Law Students’ Association.
Every year, American Indian and Indigenous Studies partners with the American Indian Center and other departments to offer a exciting speakers and events, including the Michael D. Green Lecture, the Elder-In-Residence Program, and the Carolina Seminar in American Indian Studies.
Information regarding financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students at UNC, including the Pogue Scholarship, North Carolina Native American Incentive Grant, and Sequoyah Fellowship, can be found on the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid and Graduate School websites.
A fuller listing of organizations and resources can be found at the American Indian Center, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and Graduate School’s Resources for American Indian Graduate Students websites. Other helpful links include the Office of Student Affairs, the Center for Public Service, the Botanical Garden, and the Visitor’s Center.