Graduate and Postdoctoral Training Opportunities

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.)

Overall Earned Doctoral Degree Rankings

  • 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.)

A Look at our Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Health Fields

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.)