Carolina Summer Fellowship Program

Description of the Carolina Summer Fellowship Program

The Carolina Summer Fellowship (CSF) Program is a summer research program for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill and supported in part by a SURF award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).  The CSF Program is designed to give students planning a career in the biomedical sciences an opportunity to conduct research under the direction of a research pharmacologist and to gain knowledge and skills in scientific communication and networking.

Training in the CSF Program includes hands-on research conducted by the student in the laboratory of a supervising faculty member, a weekly seminar program to acquaint the student with projects and research activities of the faculty, workshops on career opportunities, ethics training, presentation skills, and how to apply and interview for graduate school, and culminates in a colloquium where students give an oral presentation on their summer research project. In addition, the program offers a variety of enrichment and recreational activities, including dinners on Franklin Street and a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Chapel Hill, home of the first state university and one of the most attractive college towns in America, is located in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina, and is close to the Research Triangle Park, one of America's most dynamic environments for biomedical research and advanced technology.

Program start and end dates

The CSF Program runs for 10 weeks in the summer, May-July.  

Number of participants accepted to the program

We normally accept 4 to 6 Carolina Summer Fellows each summer who join us in Chapel Hill for the 10-week CSF program.


Each Carolina Summer Fellow will receive a stipend of $3,565 for the duration of the project.  The Pharmacology Department will pay housing costs for participants staying in on-campus housing along with a food allowance. There are no funds available for reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by participants.


Participation in the CSF Program is open to all current undergraduate students who are currently studying at a U.S. college or university. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign students with a valid Visa are eligible to apply.

Application dates

Interested students will need to submit a completed application form (online application only), an undergraduate transcript, a statement of career goals and interests, a resume/CV, and at least one supporting letter from a faculty science advisor.  

The 2017 CSF Program application process will begin January 1, 2017. We invite you to come back to this page to apply then.

Notification of acceptance into the CSF Program

Program acceptance notifications for the 2017 CSF program will go out the week of March 14, 2017. Those accepted will have one week to notify the Program of their intent to join or decline acceptance to the 2017 Carolina Summer Fellows Program.

Online application information

Only online applications are accepted. When completing the online application, please have the following materials available (PDFs strongly encouraged): 

  1. An essay describing your career goals, your motivations for wanting to participate in a summer research program, and any previous research experience.
  2. A curriculum vitae/resume, including any awards or honors.
  3. Names, Institutions, Titles, email addresses, and phone numbers of faculty who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. You will need at least one, and preferably two, letters of recommendation.
  4. Your current cumulative GPA.
  5. An electronic copy of your transcript to upload (unofficial is fine).
  6. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need electronic copies of the following documents, depending on what type of VISA you have. Current UNC students who are not U.S. citizens are exempt from this requirement.

    • Passport (front and back) 
    • VISA 
    • I-94
    • I-20 (F-1 students only)
    • EAD card (F-1 OPT students only)
    • DS-2019 form (J-1 students only) 
    • Letter from your sponsor (J-1 students only) granting authorization to work in U.S. 
    • If you have a VISA other than F-1 or J-1, please contact us prior to application so you will know what documents to provide. 
  7. Please be sure you have all your documents ready to upload when applying.


If you have any further questions concerning our program, please email  or telephone (919) 966-1153.

The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Graduate Program in Pharmacology at UNC-CH strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities.

The 2017 CSFP application
process will open January 1, 2017

Past Participants