Application Process


To apply, please send:

  1. Copy of UNC Medical School Transcript
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. One-half to one page discussion of the reasons why you feel that you would benefit from this program.  Please include a listing of the possible areas of independent study that you might interest you.

It is not essential that a student have a mentor or a definite project in order to apply. In fact, the scholar's committee would prefer that until application is made, you do not make direct contact with faculty members to serve as potential mentors.


Applications should be submitted to Dr. Kizer no later than January 25, 2019.


Selection Criteria

Based on a review of the student's record, statement of interest and interview with the Holderness Scholar Committee, five students will be chosen along with several alternates. If any declines to participate, the alternate(s) will be approached. Upon acceptance and for the duration of the his/her fourth and fifth medical school years, a student will be recognized as a Howard H. Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholar of the University of North Carolina. Continuation in the program depends on sustained participation and academic excellence. Students participating in the program may not enroll in any other degree granting program.