Carolina Summer Fellowship Program

The Carolina Summer Fellowship (CSF) Program is a summer research program for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of Pharmacology at UNC-Chapel Hill and supported in part by a SURF award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).  The CSF Program is designed to give students planning a career in the biomedical sciences an opportunity to conduct research under the direction of a research pharmacologist and to gain knowledge and skills in scientific communication and networking. 

Training in science with a good mix of fun, social activities

Training in the CSF Program includes hands-on research conducted by the student in the laboratory of a supervising faculty member, a weekly seminar program to acquaint the student with projects and research activities of the faculty, workshops on career opportunities, ethics training, presentation skills, and how to apply and interview for graduate school. Outside the lab get to know your fellow CSF students through fun events, lunches and dinners near or on the famous Franklin Street. The program culminates with student presentations on their summer research project. 

Program start and end dates

The CSF Program runs for 10 weeks in the summer, May-July.  The 2018 Program will begin May 17, 2019 and end July 26, 2019.

Number of participants accepted to the program

We normally accept 4 to 6 Carolina Summer Fellows each summer who join us in Chapel Hill for the 10-week CSF program.


Each Carolina Summer Fellow will receive a stipend of $4,000 for the duration of the project.  The Pharmacology Department will pay housing costs for participants staying in on-campus housing along with a food allowance. There are no funds available for reimbursement of travel expenses incurred by participants.


Participation in the CSF Program is open to all current undergraduate students who are currently studying at a U.S. college or university. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign students with a valid Visa are eligible to apply.

Application dates

Interested students will need to submit a completed application form (online application only), an undergraduate transcript, a statement of career goals and interests, a resume/CV, and at least one supporting letter from a faculty science advisor.  

We invite you to apply for the 2019 Carolina Summer Fellowship Program starting January 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019.

Notification of acceptance into the CSF Program

Program acceptance notifications for the 2019 CSF program will go out the week of March 11, 2019. Those accepted will have one week to notify the Program of their intent to join or decline acceptance to the 2019 Carolina Summer Fellows Program.

How do I apply?


If you have any further questions concerning our program, please email Nicole Arnold, Carolina Summer Fellowship Program Director, at 

The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Graduate Program in Pharmacology at UNC-CH strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minorities.

Application to the 2019 CSF Program begins January 1, 2019 and continues through February 28, 2019.

The 2019 CSFP
application process will
open January 1, 2019