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Application window is open!  Check out this 2024 project list!

Each summer, the Department of Family Medicine will accept up to eight first year medical students from UNC for a 2-month, paid fellowship designed to provide a flexible but high quality research experience. The Fellowship will help match students with faculty who have ongoing, exciting projects that are relevant to clinical medicine and/or population health.  In addition to one-on-one mentorship by faculty, our summer research fellows will participate in structured seminars and spend time in clinical settings with Family Medicine residents and faculty.

2022 Summer Research Fellows

Why become a Fellow?

Selection and participation in UNC Family Medicine Research Fellows program will give you:

  • A formal mentorship program that includes a primary faculty mentor and weekly meetings with other faculty and students
  • Participation in research
  • Opportunity to work in clinical settings,
  • Education and experience in research methodology and project management
  • Education and experience with data collection, data management, and data analysis
  • Publishing and presentation options with guidance from faculty
  • Connectivity with like-minded faculty, residents, and students towards a common goal
  • A stipend to conduct research during the summer

The goal of the UNC Family Medicine Research Fellows Program is to provide innovative enthusiastic students with a mentored experience in meaningful Family Medicine research.  The UNC program takes place during the months of June and July and includes an online research certificate program, weekly discussion groups, and clinic shadowing opportunities in addition to the mentored research project.  Continuation into the fall semester is possible through an elective called, FMME 150: Research Mentorship in Family Medicine. Research Fellows will always be welcome at future didactic sessions, departmental events, as well as continue to enjoy faculty mentorship and a nurturing relationship with the Department of Family Medicine.

If you have questions, please contact Kayla Bonnell ( or Dawn Morriston (

The process is easy….

Step 1:  Be interested in Primary Care and/or Community Health

Step 2:  Check out the list of Family Medicine faculty – a list of projects for 2024.

Step 3:  Contact the faculty member associated with your area of interest for a preliminary, informal interview.

Step 4:  Complete the Research Fellows in Family Medicine application below.

Timelines and Deadlines:

December-February: Reach out to faculty and find the right project for you!

Have your application completed by March 1, 2024

Summer Project Season: June 1- July 27, 2024

Didactics and Discussion Groups: Summer research students will complete the MAHEC Online Research Certificate  modules and attend weekly discussion groups to connect online modules to their projects and growth as researchers.  Weekly discussion groups will be led and facilitated by Family Medicine faculty.

Gravity Form

Application to be a Family Medicine Research Fellow

  • The goal of the UNC Family Medicine Research Fellows Program is to provide innovative enthusiastic students with a mentored experience in meaningful Family Medicine research. Any student is eligible to apply; however, those with an interest in Family Medicine will be given priority. Time commitment will vary by project scope, but participation in weekly didactic sessions in research methods, data collection and presentation skills is expected. The UNC Family Medicine Research Fellows project season begins in late May and continues through the summer months until early August.
  • Max. file size: 98 MB.
    Attach a copy of your CV or Resume (optional)
  • Briefly explain any areas of interest (i.e. diabetes, health care transformation, data analysis or survey design) as well as any past experience in research.
  • Which faculty member did you contact for an informal interview? Briefly describe the conversation.
  • Please write in 200 words or less how being a Family Medicine Research Fellow will benefit you and the Department of Family Medicine.