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UNC Lineberger Building in Chapel Hill, NCThe Graduate Fellow Awards in Basic Science is an annual competitive award is available for up to three outstanding graduate students in the research programs of cancer center members who have active, peer-reviewed grant support.

UNC Lineberger members are encouraged to propose students in any of the basic research disciplines who have a minimum of one published paper.

These awards are supported by the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors through the cancer center’s Annual Giving Program. Recognition of graduate students’ basic science research is intended to encourage research excellence, promote recruitment of high quality students, and stimulate cancer-related research.

The application period is currently closed. The application deadline was April 9, 2021.

Award amount

$3,000 per award.


Students in any of the basic research disciplines who have a minimum of one published paper, and graduate students who have been enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill at any time during the award cycle of between April 1, 2020—March 31 2021.

Selection criteria

Selection of outstanding graduate students will be based on their total body of work in graduate school, including academic research and activities, as reflected in their record and supporting letters. Applications will be reviewed by the UNC Lineberger Award Committee.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following required documents to

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A one-to-two-page, single-spaced research description.
  • Letters of support from the faculty sponsor, department chair, and one other reference.
    • The faculty sponsor should have active, peer-reviewed grant support and be a UNC Lineberger member.
    • These three reference letters should be sent directly from the referee to

Application deadline

Application deadline was April 9, 2021 by 5 p.m. EST.