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The UNC-CH MSTAR Program requires you to contact the training center program coordinator, Kristen Ruck, and to speak with either of the Associate Program Directors (Ellen Roberts, PhD, MPH, or Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD) to discuss your research interests and potential mentor choices prior to submitting your application. Contact UNC-CH MSTAR for all information.

Application Deadline

UNC MSTAR Applications are due January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

Application Preparation

The application contains essay questions. As a result, you may wish to prepare these before completing the Qualtrics survey and submitting your final application. Please use the PDF below to prepare your application for submission.

UNC-CH MSTAR application template

Additional Attachments

IMPORTANT: Please note the following attachments are required.

  1. Your Resume or CV
  2. If you have matched with a UNC research mentor, please have your mentor fill out the Faculty Mentor Form and upload with your application.
  3. If you have matched with a UNC research mentor, please submit your mentor’s NIH-style Biosketch Form and upload with your application.
  4. Letter of good standing from the Dean of Student Affairs.

Application Submission

Once you have collected everything you need and are ready to submit, please use the Qualtrics link below to fill in your responses. This Qualtrics tool allows you to navigate back and forth between items. If you exit and return later, then your responses will be saved. However, we strongly recommend you prepare all materials in advance and complete the entire application in one sitting. Once you have submitted the application, you cannot make further changes.

UNC MSTAR Qualtrics Application


For questions about your application, please contact UNC-CH MSTAR.