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Amgen Scholars Eligibility


Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).

U.S. Program applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.- Ph.D.

Previous research experience is not a requirement for participation in the program.


  • Participate fully for the nine weeks of the Amgen Scholars Program. Amgen Scholars must be present for the entirety of the program. Because Amgen Scholars will be involved in full-time research that may require evening/weekend commitments, scholars may not take courses or work during the duration of the program.
  • Live in on-campus housing with fellow Carolina Amgen Scholars.
  • Participate fully in the laboratory culture of the research group, including lab meetings or other gatherings.
  • Attend all required seminars, workshops, weekly activities, and social events.
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in July.
  • Present summer research project at final poster session.
  • Complete pre- and post-program surveys.
  • Visiting students are required to have health insurance.
  • Successful completion of relevant UNC-CH Laboratory Safety Program (online training modules) – more info will be provided once admitted to program.

Commitment to Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Research

The Office of the Vice Chancellor (OVCR) for Research is dedicated to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming research culture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. We seek to ensure that our scientific research enterprise serves all individuals across diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and political viewpoints. The OVCR supports UNC-Chapel Hill’s diversity and inclusion mission statement, “to build understanding across differences, create conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity, and cultivate a welcoming and supportive environment…”

And in alignment with Carolina’s community standards, we’re making our research, programs, resources, and training opportunities equitable, inclusive, and accessible throughout UNC-Chapel Hill, the communities we serve, and the broader research community.