Roy H. Park Fellowships

The Park Fellowships, established by the Park family in 1997 to support graduate students, are among the most generous among media and journalism programs nationwide.

Program Values

Three key values encapsulate what it means to be a Park fellow:

  • Excellence: Our fellows enter with a record of achievement, and we prepare them to strive for and achieve greater success at Carolina and after graduation.
  • Public impact: Our fellows are committed to making a public impact in their respective fields, as effective leaders, lifelong learners, competitive professionals and educators training the next generation of communication scholars and practitioners.
  • Leadership: Our fellows demonstrate ambition and potential to lead in an array of academic and professional settings, and we foster leadership through the program culture and curriculum.


Fellowship Benefits

The Park Fellowships to the UNC Hussman Ph.D. in Media and Communication program cover:

  • Tuition and fees for three years
  • Health insurance for three years
  • $22,000 nine-month annual stipend for three years
  • Support for research support and travel to conferences

About the Program

The Triad Foundation — led by Roy Jr. and Tetlow Park, Elizabeth Park Fowler and Troy Fowler, and Trip and Laura Park — supports programs that honor the legacy of Roy H. Park Sr. A self-made man, Roy Park was a public relations entrepreneur who created the Duncan Hines brand and, after its sale to Procter & Gamble, went on to build a media empire of newspapers and radio and television stations. He believed strongly in the free enterprise system.

The Roy H. Park Fellowship program began with a $5.3 million gift to our school. Ongoing generous support over the last two decades has extended and enhanced the support provided by the fellowships.

In addition to the fellowship packages, the school also receives support for a number of graduate program enhancements that distinguish our graduate programs from others:

  • Annual support for the Roy H. Park Library, a vital asset for graduate student research
  • Engagement in critical issues with leading scholars through the Park Symposia series
  • Recruitment support to interview top Park Fellowship applicants
  • Marketing support for the graduate programs


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Pictured, above (left to right): Roy H. Park, 1997 Park fellows, 2019 doctoral Park fellows; top of page: 2019 master's Park fellows