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Important Dates:

Applications are accepted and filled on a rolling basis, beginning October 15th, 2021,  until all slots are full.

Priority Deadline: February 18th, 2022.

Final Deadline: February 25th, 2022.


Important Application Info:

Application link:

When completing the online application, please have the following materials available:

  • An essay describing your career goals and reasons for wanting to participate in a summer research program
  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of faculty that will be submitting letters of recommendation – they will receive a link to complete their recommendation
  • Your current cumulative GPA
  • An unofficial transcript. This should be a pdf or similar file format listing all the college courses you have taken and the grades received.
  • A resume or C.V. that outlines your educational and research experiences, including presentations, publications (if applicable).

You will be required to enter information and upload your transcript, essay, and CV into the online application. You will not be allowed to submit an incomplete application so it is essential that you have these materials ready before submitting an application.

Your letter writers will receive an email, once you input and save their information in your application, with a link to upload their letter of recommendation.

When you click on the application link, you will need to Create an Account.  You are going to apply to the 2022 > 2022 Pre-Graduate Training Programs.  Chose that you want to apply to the UNC SOLAR program. If you have your own funding for summer research, please indicate this on the application.

Please also provide contact info for your program director regarding funding.

Application link:



If you have any questions about the SOLAR program, please contact










Please read the information here about the application before you begin:

For full consideration, applications must be received by February 25th, 2022.  Applications are reviewed beginning in January and spots are filled on a rolling basis.  The number of slots in the SOLAR program is dependent upon fundraising efforts and varies from year to year.  You can anticipate hearing a final decision by end of March thru mid-April.

The 2021 Program will be held between May 25th and July 27th, 2022. It is essential that all participants arrive at the beginning of the program; if you will be unable to meet this requirement, we ask that you not submit an application.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application is divided into sections: Background Information, Educational & Research Information, References, Personal Statement, and Final Section. You can navigate backward and forwards between sections and edit answers while you are in the survey.

No late applications will be accepted. Review of applications will begin in January, so get your applications in early!