Faculty in National Academies and Learned Societies

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members have brought distinction to the state of North Carolina and the university through their academic and professional achievements. Many have been honored with election as members of the National Academies or fellows of other national distinguished learned societies. UNC-CH ranks 13th among public research institutions in terms of the number of faculty members who have been inducted into the National Academies. (Source: Top American Research Universities Annual Report 2015. Updated 1/2017)

(Sources: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Updated: 11/2017.)


Advisors to Federal Agencies

Many Carolina faculty members serve on federal advisory committees that play an important role in shaping programs and policies of the federal government. These committee members provide the expertise and professional skills that parallel the program responsibilities of their sponsoring agencies. They also are the public’s voice in the federal government’s decision-making process. Use Carolina’s Federal Advisory Committee Resource to learn more about our faculty who are serving in this important advisory capacity. If you have questions, please contact kdock@email.unc.edu.

(Source: Office of Federal Affairs. Updated: 11/2017.)


Graduate and Postdoctoral Training


Research is a way of learning. Each year over 2,000 graduate student research assistants engage in scholarly research and cutting-edge discovery. Carolina also involves its undergraduates in the adventures of scholarship and science. Indeed, student researchers contribute to many of our most exciting discoveries.

Chapel Hill ranked 9th nationwide in federal funding (obligations) for fellowships, traineeships, and training grants, providing clear evidence of the overall strength of its numerous graduate and postdoctoral programs.

Carolina also has an exceptionally strong program of postdoctoral training, with more than 1,000 postdoctoral fellows continuing their research training on the Chapel Hill campus. According to the most current data available, Carolina is 9th among public universities in terms of numbers of postdoctoral fellows, who have been attracted to Chapel Hill because of its research strength.

(Source: National Science Foundation. Updated: 1/2019.)

  • UNC-Chapel Hill ranks twenty-first in total number of doctoral degrees awarded (510 total degrees in 2016)
  • Additional rankings:
    • fifth in doctorates awarded in the life sciences, 2016 (198 degrees)

(Source: National Science Foundation Science Resources Statistics Doctorate Recipients from United States Universities: 2016. Updated: 1/2019.)

Overall Ranking

  • 27 (out of 689 institutions surveyed) in total full-time graduate students in science and health fields, 2016.

(Source: National Science Foundation. Updated: 1/2019.)

Students Studying Abroad

  • 17th among doctoral/research institutions in number of students (2,124) studying abroad (2017).

(Source: Institute of International Education Open Doors. Updated: 1/2019.)