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Carolina Scholars Program

Carolina Child Health Scholars Program
UNC Pediatric Fellowship Physician Scientist Training Program


About the Program

The UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is committed to fostering the development of future generations of physician-scientists who will improve children’s health.

Goal of the Carolina Child Health Scholars Program

The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive, collaborative, resource-rich environment to foster the development of diverse and successful pediatric physician-investigators. This program is designed for physicians entering fellowships/sub-specialty residency programs.  The Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program is intended for those entering a pediatric residency program at UNC.

Key Features of the Carolina Child Health Scholars Program

  • Ensure >75% protected time for research training experiences in 2nd and 3rd year of fellowship
  • Access to a world-class research training environment with accomplished mentors
  • Mentoring teams to facilitate optimal transitions to a faculty position
  • Access to human specimen biobanks to facilitate translational research
  • Specialized physician-scientist career development seminars
  • Established community of pediatric physician-scientists in training
  • Grantsmanship course and personalized guidance on your grant proposals
  • Financial Support:
    • Year 1: $5,000 Professional Development Stipend
    • $3000 for purchase of computer, software, journal fees
    • $2,000 travel to conferences


    Competitive fellowship applicants will demonstrate a commitment to a career in academic pediatrics and a desire to become a clinician-investigator with research as a component of their career. Interested individuals may apply after acceptance into a UNC Pediatric fellowship.


    • Monthly career development meetings/seminars
    • Present at the Annual Department of Pediatrics Scholars Day
    • Annual Carolina Child Health Scholars Program Retreat
    • Present at national/international meetings
    • End of Fellowship Grand Rounds presentation
    • Grantsmanship Course
    • Mock study section for all grant submissions with individualized grant support
    • Translational Research 101

    How to Apply

    If you are interested in the UNC Carolina Child Health Scholars Program, please complete this Qualtrics Form.

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