Financial Support for PhD Students
Financial Aid and Resources
Our Ph.D. students receive full financial support contingent upon their satisfactory progression in their training program, which is typically completed within five years. We work to offer all graduate students equal financial support that is competitive with other graduate programs.
Fellowships and Research Assistantships
Graduate students in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are supported by fellowships and research assistantships that provide an annual stipend of $30,000 plus tuition, fees, and health insurance. Admission offers are made on a competitive basis with consideration given to the applicant’s academic record and research experience.
Deadline: All applications for admission to the Ph.D. program must be received by December 14, so that applicants can be nominated for the prestigious University recruitment fellowships and assistantships awarded by the Graduate School.
The Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy offers two fellowships to support graduate students during their first year in the division. The fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants who demonstrate an impressive record of achievement in their undergraduate education, research, and life experiences and show the highest academic potential. There is no special application process for these fellowships, as they are offered based on the overall application for admission and participation in the recruitment process.
Chemical Biology Scholar Fellowship
This fellowship provides an annual award of $6,000 and will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate the most impressive record of achievement and show the highest academic potential.
Chemical Biology Merit Fellowship
This fellowship provides an annual award of $4,000. The number of Chemical Biology Merit and Scholar Fellowships available varies from year to year based on the availability of funds and qualified applicants.
University Recruitment Fellowships and Assistantships
Qualified applicants will be nominated for several types of competitive University recruitment fellowships and assistantships from the Graduate School. These awards also provide full stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance.
Applicants who are nominated for a University recruitment award are guaranteed invitation to the School’s Recruitment Weekend event, which is held during the last weekend in January.
Available awards include:
- Royster Society of Fellows
- University Merit Assistantships
- North Carolina Excellence Fellowship
- North Carolina Native American Incentive Grants
For a complete list of funding opportunities, visit the UNC Graduate School Funding Page.
Deadline: To be considered for a University recruitment award, applications must be received by December 14. The University recruitment awards are announced in early March.
External Scholarships and Fellowships For Applicants
For applicants who will hold a Pharm.D. by the time they begin graduate training, the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) offers several fellowship awards to encourage outstanding pharmacy students to pursue the PhD in the pharmaceutical sciences in a college of pharmacy graduate program:
- Phi Lambda Sigma AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowship
- Rho Chi AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowship
- Kappa Epsilon AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowship (The Nellie Wakeman Fellowship)
Additional External Fellowship Opportunities
Additional external fellowship opportunities include: