Junior Fellows Program

Students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program pose in front of a plaque devoted to Nicholas and Athena Karabots at the CHOP Karabots Pediatric Care Center

Founded in 2009 as the Karabots Junior Fellows, The College’s Junior Fellows program is a three-year summer and after-school program aimed at Philadelphia high school students from economically underserved communities. The program seeks to foster interest in careers in healthcare and medicine through hands-on learning and interaction with professionals. The program also provides academic counseling and support to better prepare these students for college and their future careers.

Through the resources of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, including The Mütter Museum, the Historical Medical Library, and the College’s vast network of Fellows, our dedicated instructors seek to provide a safe, friendly, and engaging environment for students to obtain a unique education and prepare for their futures.

From 2009 to 2020, the program was made possible through the generous support of Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation.

For more detailed information on past events and activities related to the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, see our Archive.

Students in the Karabots Junior Fellows program hold up a sheep heart during a sheep heart dissection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program entail?
Who is eligible for the Junior Fellows Program?
How can a student apply?
When is enrollment?
How many students are accepted?
Are there any costs involved?
How can I find more information about the Program?

What does the Program entail?

In the summer prior to their sophomore year, Fellows will take part in an intensive 2-week program involving workshops, hands-on activities, field trips and meetings with healthcare professionals.  During the course of their sophomore year, students will take part in a year of programs and activities related to an overarching theme in healthcare, such as toxicology, pathology, or forensic science. They will also work together with College professionals to develop a final project. Past projects have included exhibits that have appeared in the Mütter Museum. These programs take place once a week after school and one Saturday a month.


During the second year, students will take part in internships at The College followed by an externship with a healthcare professional of their choice. Each student will also be paired with a College fellow who will serve as a mentor.

During the final year of the program, students will take part in workshops related to the college search. They will receive assistance in such areas as SAT/ACT preparation, assistance with college admissions applications, and career counseling.

With the exception of off-site field trips and individual externships, all programs will be held at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street). Transit tokens to and from all events will be supplied to the Fellows by the Center for Education and Public Initiatives. Students will also be paid a stipend upon successful completion of the program.

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Who is eligible for the Program?

Karabots Fellows solving puzzles in the Room Escape Game "Dr. Mutter's Secret Specimen"

In order to be eligible to take part in the Program, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • They must be entering the 10th grade in Fall 2019.
  • They must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • They must be attending a Philadelphia high school.
  • They must have an interest in healthcare or medicine.
  • They will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from a college or university.
  • They must qualify for a FREE or REDUCED PRICE school lunch.
  • They may not have any disciplinary problems on their school record.
  • They must have permission from a parent/guardian to take part in the program.
  • They must be prepared to provide a work permit if they are brought in for an interview (more information on obtaining a work permit).
  • If selected for the program, candidates should also be interested in continuing the program through the school year and summer through senior year of high school.

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How can a student apply?


During our enrollment period, interested candidates must complete an application. The application must include the name and contact information of an adult supporter (parent, guardian, or adult over the age of 18 willing to vouch for the student), a reference from a teacher or counselor, and a brief personal statement in the form of an essay, video, or audio clip. The adult supporter must be willing to attend the applicant’s interview if they are considered for the program. Teachers may also recommend students whom they feel would be a good fit for the program.

Please Note: We are NOT currently accepting applications for the Karabots Junior Fellows program. Please check back for enrollment updates.

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When is enrollment?


Enrollment of new Junior Fellows takes place every two years. We are NOT currently accepting applications for the Junior Fellows program. Please check back for enrollment updates.

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How many students are accepted?


Enrollment is limited to no more than 24 students per cohort.

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Are there any costs involved?

The Karabots Junior Fellows take part in a yoga demonstration led by Laura Baehr

There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the program.

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How can I find out more information about the Program?

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Direct inquiries to Kevin D. Impellizeri, Associate Director of After-School and Summer Programs. For updates on the program and to learn more about the activities available to the students feel free to check our blog or follow the Center for Education on Instagram (@mutterEDU).

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