Research Programs at UNC-Chapel Hill

The School of Medicine at UNC - Chapel Hill expresses its commitment to research through providing a number of research related programs that are available to students.

Carolina Medical Student Research Program (CMSRP): Funding is available for short-term and long-term research (depending on the funding source). Students choose their own mentor and project. For those involved in summer research on the UNC campus, a series of lectures and informal meetings on research related topics augment the research experience. Application to the following funding sources are all done through the CMSRP:

  • NIDDK Short-Term Research Training Grant
  • Research Training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Medical Alumni Association
  • Medical Foundation of North Carolina
  • Office of Research
  • AHA

Distinguished Medical Scholar Program: This two year program provides an academic challenge and training in independent analytical thought to promising UNC medical students. Funding Information.

MSTAR: The MSTAR Program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics

The Burns-Waugh Research Fellowship: The Burns-Waugh Research Fellowship: Fighting Cancer Below the Belt is funding this fellowship to develop medical students interested in becoming physician-scientists.  This is a summer research fellowship that combines scientific exploration, exposure to clinical and surgical oncology, and mentorship between the first and second years of medical school.

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship: The Doris Duke Foundation is supporting medical students to spend a year learning clinical research. The General Clinical Research Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) is one of 6 centers nationally offering this program. Three medical students will spend a year at UNC performing a clinical research project with a faculty mentor, and will undergo additional training in clinical research. This program is open to UNC and non-UNC medical students. DDCF Home Page

M.D./MPH: This program is specifically designed for the clinician who is interested in bringing together both clinical and population health perspectives to best serve the health of the public.

M.D./Ph.D.: The primary purpose is to develop a cohort of physician-scientists with a firm commitment to careers in biomedical research and academic medicine.


Small Grants available:

  • Bowles Fellows Program: The Bowels Center Fellows Program: This program provides one-year fellowships focused on community outreach activities that address alcohol-related problems and the associated needs of at-risk communities.
  • UNC Injury Prevention Research Center: Competitive small grants are awarded to graduate and professional students, medical residents and fellows for research on injury topics.
  • Salber-Phillips Award: One or more awards of up to $1,000 are offered to UNC medical students for their work on community-oriented projects that improve the health or well-being of elderly people.
  • Lawrence Zollicoffer-Alan Cross Community Health Fellowship: This fellowship is awarded to the student who submits an outstanding proposal to undertake a community health project that focuses on the health of minority and under-served communities.
  • Scott Neil Schwirck Fellowship: This fellowship is awarded to the student who submits an outstanding research proposal that represents their curiosity, intellectual vigor, enthusiasm for science and research, and above all, a desire to help others.
  • Bryan Fellowship: This fellowship offers funding for summer public service projects aimed toward improving the lives of North Carolinians.
  • Schweitzer Fellowship: The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs provide community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related professional fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas.
  • International Opportunities: The International Programs Coordinator in the Office of Student Activities provides assistance to medical students planning and organizing international research, study and service projects.