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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 9 weeks in the summer, May-July.
  • The 2025 CSF Program beginning and ending dates to be announced.

Number of participants accepted to the program

  • We normally accept 6-10 Carolina Summer Fellows each summer who join us in Chapel Hill for the 9-week CSF program.


  • $4000 stipend
  • Free on campus housing
  • $500 food allowance


  • Rising Sophomore – rising Senior student at any College or University
  • US citizen for permanent residents or foreign student with valid visa
  • Must have active health insurance

Application process/Important dates

  • 2024 Online applications are now closed (2025 application dates to be announced).
  • Applications require a statement of career goals, a resume, a transcript and at least 1 letter of recommendation.
  • All applications must include 1 letter of recommendation to be complete.
  • All application materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by (2025 date to be announced).
  • Decision notifications should be returned around the end of March (2025 dates to be announced).

How do I apply?


Please visit How do I apply to the CSFP?

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

The program is open to all eligible students. Based on the university’s mission and values, we encourage all individuals, but especially those from underrepresented (rural, first generation, low socioeconomic status, etc) groups, to apply.