Research Opportunities

Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships - Summer term support (a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks) for clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology and the social sciences as related to medicine. Up to seven fellowships are awarded annually to students in their first, second or third year. Each will provide $5,000 to the student for support of the proposed research project.  Website:

American Academy of Allergy and Immunology Summer Fellowship Award - For outstanding young individuals who wish to pursue research in the areas of physiology of allergic diseases, cell membrane receptors, pharmacology of allergy and inflammation, basic cellular and molecular immunology, AIDS, as well as other topics pertinent to the understanding of the allergic and immune mechanisms of disease. Applicants must have completed eight months of medical school. Website:   Deadline: April 1.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Student Summer Research Fellowship - The AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship program is open to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator who is a member of the AANS. Several $2,500 fellowships will be available each year. Application deadline is early February. Website: .

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Summer Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery - The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship program introduces the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students from North American medical institutions. By providing an opportunity to spend 8 weeks during the summer working in an AATS member's cardiothoracic surgery department, the summer intern scholarship provides medical students with insight into the scientific investigation and study of cardiothoracic surgery. A grant of $2,500 is provided to successful applicants to underwrite their living expenses during the eight weeks of guidance at the selected host institution. Additionally all awardees will receive complimentary registration to the association's Annual Meeting and postgraduate courses that takes place in May.  Website: deadline mid January.

Campagna Summer Research Scholarship in Neurological Surgery - The scholarship supports a 10-week summer semester of research under the supervision of a neurosurgical mentor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and residence expenses in Portland, Oregon. Students in the first or second year of study at an accredited U.S. medical school are eligible to apply. One scholar will be selected annually. Campagna scholars will receive $5,000 for support of travel to and living expenses in Portland. Scholars are eligible for up to $2,500 additional award to support travel to a national neurosurgical meeting to present the results of their research project, under the supervision of their mentor. The OHSU neurosurgical faculty mentor also receives up to $2,500 to cover research expenses. Medical students with a serious interest in neurological surgery are encouraged to apply.  Website:  .  Application deadline is in February.

Community Health Project - The Community Health Project is a student-run internship program for students of health professions at the KU School of Medicine. The CHP is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to expand their horizons by getting to know a special population of citizens and the people who serve them. Students spend time learning about how non-profit organizations are run and managed on a daily basis, and for many health care clinics, interns work directly with patients and clientele. There are four different positions with the CHP: Intern, Executive Director, Program Director and Research & Development Director. All Directors receive a scholarship and four hours of elective credit (3 graduate credits), and scholarships are also available for interns. For more information, e-mail

Congress of Neurological Surgeons invites medical students to apply for the CNS/CSNS Medical Student Socioeconomic Fellowship. This fellowship is open to all medical students in the United States and Canada with an interest in the socio-economic issues that impact the field of Neurosurgery. This is an opportunity for medical students to spend 8-10 weeks conducting supervised research on a socio-economic topic that affects neurosurgery today. Website: Application deadline early January.

CTSA TL1 program is available for medical students and pharmacy students. Medical students would take a year off of medical school from July 2014 to June 2015 to do a mentored research project while completing a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MS-CR). Students that have an interest in taking part in this program should contact Laura Mussulman, Program Director at (913) 945-7835, or Dr. Theresa Shireman, Director, MS-CR Program at  For additional information regarding this exciting program that we believe will train the next generation of clinical and translational researchers in the region:

David E. Rogers Fellowship Program of the New York Academy of Medicine is offering 20 Fellowships of $3,500 each to support summer projects for first year medical students. The Rogers Fellowship projects are intended to focus on coupling medicine with the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content of the Fellowships might range from clinical investigation through community activities or health policy analysis, to activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure, and human need. The deadline for submissions is usually in March. Website: .

Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship -The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is offering Student Summer Fellowships to foster an interest among young researchers in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Undergraduate, graduate and medical students are eligible to apply. * Student summer fellowships are awarded annually * Amount of award is $4,000. The LFA Medical/Scientific Advisory Council will review all applications. Website: Application deadline is mid-March.

Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research, methodology, health disparities, ethics and career paths. Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged individuals in good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools and U.S. Citizens. The program begins at the beginning of June and runs through the end of July. The program provides a stipend and transportation reimbursement of up to $500 toward the cost of traveling to and from Boston. Deadline is late January. Website:

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students at schools in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. This includes joint initiatives with the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) for students conducting research in ophthalmology, particularly inherited retinal degenerative diseases, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) for veterinary students. Fellows will receive a stipend of $28,000, a fellow's allowance of $5,500 that may be used for health care and other expenses and a $5,500 research allowance. The application deadline is January 11.

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia Farm - This program at Janelia Farm offers students with an interest in neuronal networking and/or imaging an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must comply with specific eligibility and application requirements. Deadline early January. Website:

MAP International Medical Fellowsihp - MAP International, since its inception in 1954, has grown into an international service organization supporting health programs in over 100 developing countries. The MAP International Medical Fellowship program encourages lifelong involvement in a Christian context to health, social and cultural characteristics of a developing world community. The fellowship is open to fourth-year medical students and provides 100% of the approved round trip airfare to one destination. Students select a mission agency or hospital that has an outreach among the poor in a rural or urban setting. Students must spend at least eight weeks in the field. The deadline for application is March 1. Website:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Summer Research Program - Applications are being accepted for the 10-week Summer Research Program for Medical Students at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. A component of The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. The program provides interested students with an opportunity to participate in biomedical research experiences related to oncology and to be introduced to the clinical problems presented by cancer patients. At the end of their summer experience, students will submit their research data in journal article format. Participants in the program receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 10 week period. Application deadline is usually in early February. For application and brochure with more information, contact Valerie Poulson, 3040E Murphy, SOM. Website: .

Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) - MSARF, through the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, provides support to both medical students and host departments for 8 to 12 weeks of anesthesia-related research experience and is a new element of FAER's commitment to attract scientific talent to academic anesthesiology. FAER hopes that an exposure to the specialty early in the career of medical students will encourage future pursuit of research in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. First, second and third year students with an interest in anesthesiology and research are encouraged to apply. Students must be enrolled full-time at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school. Additionally, students must remain enrolled in an MD or DO program throughout the fellowship. Therefore, students who are currently in their last year of medical school are ineligible. Deadline early-February. Website:

Medical Student Research and Training Program in Nephrology and/or Hypertension - This program provides an opportunity for medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of Nephrology and/or Hypertension during the summer between the first and second year, or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. The program runs 8-12 weeks (June-July) and provides a stipend. Application deadline is early February.  Website:

Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging Program - The MSTAR program was developed to encourage medical students - particularly budding researchers - to consider a career in academic geriatrics. The MSTAR program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students are provided stipends to conduct full-time research during the summer for a period of 8-12 weeks. Website: Please visit   to follow some of the prior MSTAR Scholars' experiences.  Applications due in January

Medical Student Summer Research Training Program in the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism - To give medical students comprehensive and current knowledge of diabetes mellitus and its unsolved problems; to provide an atmosphere which facilitates and encourages student interaction with a diverse group of established researchers and clinicians; and, to give participants their own unique research problem to develop. Deadline is usually in February. Website: Vanderbilt University

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Oncology Research Program - Expand your horizons in the care and treatment of the cancer patient by participating in state-of-the-art clinical research. Explore the mysteries of the cancer cell by participating in a basic science research program, or both. Special emphasis is placed on cancer prevention through lectures and practical experiences. The program offers a stipend for students to engage in research for an eight week period. The program runs June - July, however dates may be changed to accommodate student schedules. Application deadline: early February. Website:  

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation Medical Student Research Fellowship Award- The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a bio-medical research laboratory located in the United States. Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students. Fourth year medical students are required to submit an official letter from their medical school granting graduation deferment. Benefits include a $30,000 stipend and an allowance of up to $5,000 for travel. Deadline is early- January. Website:

Scaife Family Foundation Fellowships - Scaife Family Foundation Fellowships are available for medical students enrolled in medical schools in the United States to the School of Alcohol and Drug Studies (July 18-23); the one-week program is offered by the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Fellowship recipients are required to take the four-hour per day course designed for medical students and one two-hour per day course of their choosing. The classes are supplemented by lectures and mini-courses. The Scaife Family Foundation Fellowships cover tuition, room and meals and provide a stipend to assist with travel and miscellaneous expenses. Deadline to apply is late June. For additional information, contact: Education and Training Division, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, 607 Allison Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8001, Telephone (732) 445-4317, website

Siteman Cancer Center of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Summer Research- The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine provides opportunities for undergraduate, pre-med and medical students enrolled at Washington University or other accredited universities to work on cancer research projects during the summer. Opportunities range from basic laboratory research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.  Website: Application deadline is March 1.

Society for Pediatric Research/American Pediatric Society grant - Research opportunity in a pediatric laboratory at a medical school other than KUMC. The grant will provide a maximum stipend of $5,508 and will enable each student to spend 2-3 months working 40 hours per week in a research environment. The application deadline is usually in late January. Over 300 laboratories and research experiences are available to students. Website: 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - NIH/NCI-funded Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program - The Pediatric Oncology program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in medicine to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. POE students must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. POE students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science and at least a 3.4 overall gpa. Medical student trainees spend 9-11 weeks in the program. A stipend is provided as well as pre-paid group housing for students coming from outside the Memphis metropolitan area. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply.  Website: The deadline for applications is February 1.

Summer Internships at the Kansas Health Institute - Eight week summer internships are available to provide students with opportunities to develop their research, policy and analytical skills under the guidance of KHI staff and scholars. Selection based on applicants academic preparation, skills and interest relevant to the KHI mission to affect policies leading to improved health for all Kansans. Interns are provided with a stipend and preference is given to applicants studying at Kansas colleges and universities. Deadline to apply is in Mid-February.  Website: .

Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Program - SORFP, which has been sponsored by CHLA and USC (Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine) for more than 30 years, is once again being offered for the summer. Fellowships have traditionally gone to students from universities and medical schools throughout the United States. Prior candidates have been exceptional students; many are now in academic positions, including full-time cancer research. This program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical students pursuing interests in oncology research. Each year, the Executive Committee reviews and selects approximately 20 applicants in late March. Application deadline is late-January. Website:

Summer Program in Radiation Oncology and Cancer Biology - Washington University/Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology co-sponsored ten week, full time program covering basic principles of tumor and normal cell population kinetics, effects of ionizing radiation and chemotherapeutic agents on normal or malignant cells and basic immunological concepts of cancer. Participants develop close interaction between clinical and research sections for possible correlation of biological concepts and clinical activities. Applicants selected will receive a $5,000 stipend. Website: Deadline is mid-February.

Summer Research Training for Students - Medical students gain "hands on" experience in an ongoing research project starting with a review of the literature and ending with written and oral presentations of their research findings at the Student Research Forum. Approximately 20 traineeships are available annually on a competitive basis. A stipend is available for each trainee. Contact Dr. Michael Werle for more information.

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine's SPORT program - The SPORT program offers an 8-12 week program of mentored research training for medical students during the summer between the first and second year of medical school.  Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), this program offers medical students the opportunity to conduct basic science or clinical research in the areas of obesity, diabetes, nutrition and related diseases.  In the summer, we will match 12 students with one of our renowned faculty members.  At the conclusion of the program, students will participate in a research symposium and have an opportunity to meet other summer research students and mentors and to present their work.  Website:  

University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies
- Scholarship assistance available to attend. WHO: All medical students -- first-come, first-serve. WHEN: June (1 week) WHERE: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah WHY: Expert faculty will provide the latest information and research on drug abuse, addiction and treatment. SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES: Full tuition, six nights in campus dormitory housing and up to $350 travel allowance.  Website:

Wilderness Medical Society Charles S. Houston Award - Interested in fostering an awareness and appreciation among medical students for the medical aspects of outdoor and wilderness activities. WMS Research Grants will be awarded to applicants who submit a project proposal most likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct a well-defined project during the ensuing year and present an abstract of his/her findings at the annual meeting. WMS Research Grant funding is available for materials, supplies, non-capital equipment (less than $500), and necessary travel related to the project. The amount of funding is up to $5,000, and the deadline for proposal submittal is early January.  Website:

William B. Bean Student Research Award - The American Osler Society announces the availability of an award for support of research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanism. Candidates must be currently matriculated students in approved schools of medicine in the United States or Canada. The successful applicant may be eligible to present a paper based on his or her findings at the annual meeting of the American Osler Society. The stipend for the coming year will be $1,500, and up to $700 additional may be available to support travel to the annual meeting (contingent on submission of a paper acceptable to the Committee at the conclusion of the studentship). Completed applications must be received by March 1. Website:

William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship - Harvard Medical School is offering student summer research fellowships in vascular surgery. Five student research fellowships are available for 10-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research. A $5,000 stipend is available. Website: Deadline mid-January.

Last modified: Dec 17, 2013