How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications. We will begin accepting applications for 2016-17 in November 2015.

Please submit all documents electronically to:


  • Applicant information form (PDF)
  • Three letters of reference: Letters from current and past research mentors are highly recommended.
    Letter writers can email their letter directly to
  • Current resume (CV): Include research experiences, presentations, publications, awards, and national meetings attended.
  • Electronic copy of transcript from current or most recent undergraduate institution. (Unofficial is acceptable. Official transcript will be needed prior to entry into the program.)
  • A list of 3-5 faculty at UNC that you would be interested in working with. A searchable list of faculty is available here.
  • Personal Statement (see instructions below)

Personal Statement

In order for us to get to know your goals and interests, please provide a personal statement. Include the following information:

  • Goals statement: Describe your career goals and how UNC PREP will help you meet those goals.
  • Research statement: Describe any past research experiences you have had and research areas you are interested in exploring.
  • Challenge statement: Many students face significant challenges in meeting academic or career goals. Describe something you have overcome in your life.

Please submit all application documents electronically to: