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Karabots Junior Fellows Program
Shaping Philly youth into the healthcare professionals of the future!

The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is a 3-year program aimed at intellectually-curious Philadelphia high school students from low-income families. The program seeks to foster interest in the healthcare field through hands-on learning and interaction with real professionals. The program also provides academic counseling and support to better prepare our Fellows to go to college. Our dedicated instructors seek to provide a safe, friendly, and engaging environment for students to obtain a unique STEM education and prepare for their futures.


The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generous contributions of Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation

Karabots Junior Fellows Program

Eligibility and Enrollment

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

  • He/she must be entering the 10th grade by the fall of the year of enrollment (next enrollment TBA)
  • He/she must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • He/she must be enrolled in a Philadelphia public, parochial, or charter high school.
  • He/she must qualify for a FREE or REDUCED PRICE school lunch.
  • He/she will be the first in his/her immediate family to graduate from a college or university.
  • He/she must have an interest in biology and the healthcare professions.
  • He/she must not have any disciplinary problems on his/her school record.

If selected for the program he/she should also be interested in continuing the program through the school year and summer through his/her senior year of high school.

Program Breakdown

Year One:  In the summer prior to their sophomore year, Fellows take part in an intensive 2-week program of workshops, hands-on activities, field trips and meetings with healthcare professionals. During the course of their sophomore year, students meet once a week for an after-school program. Their programming focuses around an overarching themed related to healthcare and medicine. Students also develop a year-long project related to that theme. Past student projects have included Mütter Museum exhibits as well as forensic science-themed games. Each student is also paired with a healthcare professional who serves as a mentor.


Year Two:  In addition to a two-week summer program and after-school program during the school year, Fellows participate in individual internships in various departments of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia where they develop valuable career skills. 


Year Three: During the summer, the Fellows take part in externships where they work alongside a healthcare professional who fits their career interests. 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 activities 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.

Become A Karabots Junior Fellow

We are not currently accepting applications at this time. Check back here for more information on enrollment.