Summer Research Opportunities

AAMC List of Medical Student Research Opportunities 
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Summer Research Opportunities

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACP) Summer Medical Student Fellowship
Purpose:

The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowships offer a chance for medical students to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must be enrolled in accredited US medical schools and obtain AACAP membership (free for medical students). 

Funds:

The fellowship opportunity provides up to $3,500 for 12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. Participants are required to attend the AACAP Annual Meeting in Seattle Washington on October 22 - October 27, 2018 to present their research in a new research poster session. (Complimentary registration, hotel stay, and travel reimbursement for the Annual Meeting are included in addition to the fellowship stipend.)

Deadline:

March 2, 2018

ACR Rheumatology Research Foundation: Medical and Graduate Student Research Preceptorship
Purpose:

The purpose of the preceptorship program is to introduce medical and graduate students to rheumatology-related health care by supporting a full-time clinical or research experience in the broad area of rheumatic disease.

Eligibility:

Only students enrolled in LCME or AOA COCA accredited medical schools or undergraduate students who have been accepted into medical school are eligible. MD/PhD students and previous student participants are not eligible. Preceptors must be ACR members.

Funds:

$4000 for an at least 8-week research or clinical preceptorship to be completed within one academic year or $2000 for an at least 4-week clinical preceptorship to be completed within one academic year, plus complimentary registration and up to $1000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

Deadline:

November 1, 2017; February 1, 2018; May 1, 2018; August 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET

Alpha Omega Alpha: Carolyn L. Kuckstein Student Research Fellowship
Purpose:

Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks, 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism.

Eligibility:

First-, second-, and third-year students from schools with active AΩA chapters are eligible. PhDs and candidates for MD/PhD are not eligible. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school.

Funds:

$5000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on approval by AΩA of a final report of the research. Up to $1000 will be reimbursed for travel to present Fellowship research results at a national meeting within one year of distribution of the final award check.

Deadline:

Proposals must be submitted to dean-for-meded@bsd.uchicago.edu before December 31, 2017. The final application to the national office must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2018.

American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR) Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
Purpose:

The AFAR MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Participants will be invited to present a poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Portland, Oregon, May 1-4, 2019.

Eligibility:

Medical students who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at a U.S. institution by June 2018. individuals holding PhD or equivalent doctoral degrees in the health sciences are not eligible.

Funds:

Awardees will receive stipends of approximately $1980/month (actual amounts vary based on specific appointment period of individual students).

Deadline:

January 26, 2018

American Society of Hematology: Minority Medical Student Award Program
Purpose:

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is an 8- to 12-week research experience for students from the United States and Canada in their early years of medical school. As part of this experience, students collaborate with an ASH member who serves as their research mentor. Program participants are also paired with an ASH member who serves as a career-development mentor throughout the participants' medical schooling and residency.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be within their first or second year of medical school. Applicants must self-identify as minority, defined as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada.

Funds:

Participants receive a stipend of $5,000 ($2,500 at the start of the research experience, $1,250 during the middle, and $1,250 at the completion of the research experience). Participants receive a $2,000 allowance for travel to the ASH annual meeting held in early December ($1,000 for attending the annual meeting; $1,000 for a short presentation about the research experience at a special reception).

Deadline:

Deadline to request a mentor is November 15, 2017
Application deadline is January 15, 2018

American Urological Association: Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program
Purpose:

The Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program is a chance for outstanding medical students to pursue urology research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists.

Eligibility:

Current or matriculating medical students who do not hold advanced research degrees (e.g., PhD, MPH, or MSc) are eligible. 

Funds:

$4,000

Deadline:

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time

Arnold P. Gold Foundation: Student Summer Research Fellowships
Purpose:

The Student Summer Research Fellowship is awarded for research into community health and cultural competency issues. Although this is a research-based Fellowship, the focus should be on humanistic patient care and as such the proposal should show significant interaction with the target population.

Eligibility:

Students of medicine at an accredited US or Canadian school of allopathy or osteopathy may apply.

Funds:

$4,000 stipend for 10-week period

Deadline:

TBA

ASTRO: Minority Summer Fellowship Award
Purpose:

The purpose of the ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

Eligibility:

Applicant must be enrolled in a U.S. medical school and be in good standing at the time the application is submitted, who is able to identify a mentor with a successful record of research productivity.

Funds:

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant will offer two students a $4,500 package that includes a $3,500 stipend for the eight-week training program (exceptions can be made for a longer program and will need to be approved by ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, or "CHEDI") and $1,000 toward the cost of travel to the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Deadline:

February 2, 2018

Betty Ford Center: Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS)
Purpose:

The Summer Institute for Medical Students is a unique learning experience for medical students to gain understanding and insight into addictive disease and the recovery process.  
Successful applicants to the program have the opportunity to spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center.  Placements are available in the following programs: Inpatient TreatmentResidential Day Treatment, and Family Program.

Eligibility:

Medical student in good academic standing

Funds:

All selected participants will receive a scholarship. The scholarship includes tuition, travel (limited), lodging, materials, support materials and on-campus meals.

Deadline:

TBA

CDC: Epidemiology Elective Program
Purpose:

The Epidemiology Elective Program (EEP) introduces senior medical and veterinary students to preventive medicine, public health, and applied epidemiology through hands-on experience and mentorship by CDC epidemiologists. This year-round program offers 6 to 8 week assignments, depending on the student's program of study and elective schedule. Most assignments are based at CDC in Atlanta, GA.

Eligibility:

Medical students in their third year at the time of application. Must be a US citizen. Must be available for 6-8 weeks during the 4th year.

Funds:

Students do not receive a stipend and are responsible for round-trip transportation to their assigned location and living expenses. A reasonable accommodation housing list is provided to students. If students are assigned to an Epi-Aid during the elective, CDC will fund any Epi-Aid-related travel.

Deadline:

Application opens February 1, 2018.
Application deadline is March 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM, ET

Charles E. Silberstein Research Fellowship in the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Purpose:

The Silberstein ResearchFellowship will support a student who will engage in one or more clinical orthopaedic research projects for 2-3 months during the summer. They will work with Johns Hopkins Pediatric Orthopaedic faculty and the Poggi Research Fellow to bring a project to substantial completion and eventual publication. They will also be involved in the Education Program of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 

Eligibility:

Applicants should be completing their first year of medical school, must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. The successful applicant will be responsible, self-motivated, intellectually curious, and able to work independently.

Funds:

The recipient will receive a $4,000 stipend to cover expenses for the summer as well as travel expenses for national presentations.

Deadline:

March 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM Central Time

CNS/CSNS: Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research
Purpose:

The CNS/CSNS Medical Student Socioeconomic Fellowship supports a medical student conducting research on a socioeconomic issue impacting neurosurgical practice. It is funded and overseen by the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies and administered through the Fellowship Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Eligibility:

The fellowship is open to all medical students in the United States and Canada. The fellow will spend 8 to 10 weeks conducting supervised research on a socioeconomic topic of importance to neurosurgery.

Funds:

$2,500

Deadline:

TBA

CUPID Summer Fellowship at Johns Hopkins or Indiana School of Medicine
Purpose:

The Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Research Program is an NCI-funded, bi-institutional oncology fellowship with an emphasis on laboratory-based research. The program provides an intensive, structured, laboratory-based research experience, with clinical rotations, a weekly journal club, and networking opportunities.

Eligibility:

All first year medical students are eligible to apply.

Funds:

Students are paid a stipend of $5,000 over the 7-week period. Typically, the amount is split over 3 - 4 pay periods. Taxes are not paid from the stipend checks. Includes free housing for individual students (not partners/spouses).

Deadline:

TBA

The New York Academy of Medicine: David E. Rogers Fellowship Program
Purpose:

The Rogers Fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as they contribute to the health of communities, and to address the human needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations.  The content of the Fellowship might include clinical investigation, public health/epidemiology, health policy analysis, activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure and human or community need.

Eligibility:

Medical or dental students in the US, between the applicant's first and second years of medical/dental school. MD/PhD students are not eligible.

Funds:

Up to give grants will be awarded with a stipend of $4,000 each for student research projects, paid directly to the sponsoring institution in two equal installments (beginning and end of the grant period).

Deadline:

January 15, 2018

Fight for Sight: Summer Student Fellowship
Purpose:

Summer Student Fellowships are available to undergraduates, graduate, and medical students who are interested in pursuing eye-related clinical or basic research.

Eligibility:

Undergraduates, graduate and medical students.

Funds:

Unrestricted awards of $2,500 are given for two to three months of full-time research, usually during June-August. Students receiving stipends from other sources are generally not eligible.

Deadline:

February 15 at 11:00 pm CST annually

Lupus Foundation of America: Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program
Purpose:

The Gina M. Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship Program seeks to cultivate an interest in lupus research among young scientists by finding studies conducted under the supervision of an established lupus investigator.

Eligibility:

Preference will be given to medical students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree. 

Funds:

The LFA will be providing 6 awards of $4,000 each.

Deadline:

Please check the website in January 2018 for information about the next competition.

Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA) - Scaife Summer Medical Student Fellowship
Purpose:

Through the generous funding of the Scaife Family Foundation, the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions is able to conduct this specialized program. The program offers students training in the field of Addiction Services incomparable to any they may have encountered in their prior medical school education or residency experience. The intense three-week experience includes lectures, patient contact, group sessions with clients, rounds with resident physicians, and opportunities to present.

Eligibility:

Only medical students attending US medical schools will be eligible to participate in this program.

Funds:

Participants will receive a $150 per week stipend and a $200 transportation allowance for a total of $650 for the three weeks. Rooms and meals are also provided.

Deadline: February 2018 (estimated)
MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Program for First-Year Medical Students
Purpose:

The First-Year Medical Student Program is a 10-week program that offers hands-on experience in biomedical, translational, or clinical research. Students are matched with a mentor from MD Anderson's research or clinical faculty. Participants work alongside the mentor in a lab or clinic on projects designed by faculty to reflect current research. Workshops and lectures provide opportunities to connect with faculty, residents, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and other participants. Through the program, students assess goals related to careers in cancer research and patient care. The program culminates with a symposium in which participants present talks and posters on their research projects to peers and faculty.

Eligibility:

Students in good academic standing who have completed their first year at an accredited US medical school are eligible. Students should demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for scientific investigation. Applicants must commit to the full 10 weeks  and must not have other summer employment. The program is unable to accept international students.

Funds:

Participants receive a $5000 stipend for the complete 10-week period. The stipend is not a salary and is intended to subsidize housing, meals, and travel expenses.

Deadline:

Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Summer Fellowship Program
Purpose:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is a research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

Eligibility:

Only medical students in good standing who are currently in their first or second year at an accredited United States medical school are eligible to apply.

Funds:

Participants receive a stipend of $5,800 for eight weeks participation in the program. Stipends are paid in bi-weekly installments, minus taxes. Memorial Sloan-Kettering does not provide housing to participants. A list of housing resources will be provided to accepted students. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

Deadline:

Online application opens Monday, December 11, 2017 at 9AM EST. Decisions are granted on a rolling basis, and will be emailed on or before March 9, 2018.

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Medical Student Research Grant
Purpose:

In keeping with NKFI's mission, the Medical Student Research Grant program funds medical student investigators who are participating in research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and transplantation-related diseases, and improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases.

Eligibility:

Students must have completed at least one year of medical school and be continuously enrolled in medical school for the following year. Student must be conducting research project at an accredited institution in Illinois and must be mentored by a PI on the project. Students must work on research project at least 25 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks, between June 1 and September 1, 2018. 

Funds:

$3000 for students living and other expenses during the period of research.

Deadline: March 16, 2018 at 5:00 PM
NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes
Purpose:

The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required.

In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student attends a series of web-cast seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a brief summary of his/her work at a scientific symposium for all Program participants. Participants must spend 2-3 months in the Program (commencement and conclusion dates reasonably flexible).

Eligibility:

Rising second and third year students who are US citizens or permanent residents.

Funds:

Stipend of approximately $1950 per month. Students must find housing. A travel allowance will be provided for the research symposium August 1-2, 2018 in Nashville, TN.

Deadline:

January 29, 2018, 11:59 PM CST

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Summer Extern Experience
Purpose:

This program offers a unique and early clinical exposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. Primarily, students will assist in the clinical management of patients admitted to the AbilityLab. In addition, students will participate in a research project in a rehabilitation-related field. There will be ongoing didactic and in-service efforts directed at the M1-M2 student level.

Eligibility:

Students between the first and second years of medical school.

Funds:

Each student will be awarded a $3,000 stipend for participation.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Summer Program for Medical and Physician Assistant Students
Purpose:

Through this internship experience, you will gain either first-hand research or clinical experience by working full-time on an independent clinical or scientific cancer-related research project. You are able choose and rank projects in the application process based on your research preference and interests. Your experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a cancer research laboratory or clinic headed by a world-renowned cancer researcher or clinician. In the research laboratory you will work alongside graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. If your project is in the clinical setting, you will work within a team of staff physicians, nurses and clinical residents. Your experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning and professional development activities. Through these activities you will learn about pertinent current and cutting-edge cancer topics. You will also share in your project discoveries with your intern peers through peer-mentorship cross-training. You will conclude your research experience by presenting your work at the program conference where you will hone your scientific communication skills.

Eligibility:

First-year medical students. (Program takes place in the summer between first and second year of medical school.) 

Funds:

Limited funding is available to support stipends for select applicants to the summer program. Twenty funded internships (15 medical student and 5 PA student) are awarded based on the qualifications of applicants and criteria required by our outside funding sources. Applicants who are not offered a paid internship due to eligibility criteria and limited availability of program funds may be offered an unpaid internship. The program application fee is $35. Those students accepted into the program pay an additional $65 activity fee. Out-of-town students staying at the Canisius dorms pay the room rate for the duration of the program ($30/night; $1680 for 8 week program). Travel expenses to and from Buffalo and meal costs are not covered by the program.

Deadline: January 10, 2018
Roswell Park Cancer Institute/University of Buffalo Summer Research Fellowship
Purpose:

This is a 10-week summer program operated as a partnership between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo. It features mentored research internships in microbiology, immunology and infectious disease both at the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Program begins in June.

Eligibility:

Medical students who have completed the first year.

Funds:

$4,000 stipend

Deadline: TBA
Society of Hospital Medicine: Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant (SHM-SHSG)
Purpose:

The Society of Hospital Medicine - Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant (SHM-SHSG) awardees will complete scholarly work with an active SHM mentor in a project related to patient safety/quality improvement or other areas relevant to the field of hospital medicine. The project should be conducted during the summer between the first/second years of medical school.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be a student member of SHM. Applicants must identify a mentor who is a current and active member of SHM with whom s/he can conduct a full-time scholarly project; with interest, please contact Dr. Vineet Arora (varora@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu). Students must be in good standing; MSTP students are not eligible to apply.

Funds:

Recipients receive $500/week for the summer and the stipend is meant to cover salary support for the student exclusively. Additionally, up to $1,500 will be reimbursed to the student for travel-related expenses to attend the annual SHM Hospital Medicine conference. Registration will be complimentary for the student scholars.

Deadline: February 15, 2018
University of Colorado Young Hospitalist Academy - Health Innovations Scholars Program
Purpose:

The Health Innovations Scholars Program (HISP) is a 5-week summer experience for pre-clinical medical students, which accelerates mastery of the skills necessary to be a strong physician leader and healthcare innovator. The HISP is based in Denver, CO, and seeks students from across the country to join a highly select group of peers, who will work closely with exceptional University of Colorado faculty to learn cutting edge frameworks and hands-on skills as they practice the art and science of improving complex care delivery systems on our campus. Program dates for 2018 have not yet been announced.

Eligibility:

Pre-clinical medical students.

Funds:

Program participants will receive a stipend of $2,000, and the program covers the cost of air travel for students enrolled in medical schools outside Colorado.

Deadline: TBA
University of Texas at Austin Surgery and Perioperative Care Research Assistant
Purpose: The Summer Research Assistant position provides an accepted or currently enrolled medical student with experience working closely with leading Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty on clinical and/or care delivery research projects on a full-time basis over the course of an 8-12 week period. This is a volunteer (unpaid) position.
Eligibility:
  • Interest in value-based care and/or one or more clinical areas within the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.
  • Accepted or currently enrolled in medical school
  • Completion of college-level statistics coursework and/or familiarity/experience with data analysis
  • SAS/SPSS data analysis experience preferred
Funds: This is a volunteer (unpaid) position.
Deadline: Please submit your CV and letter of interest by February 1, 2018 to Lauren Uhler, Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.
Vanderbilt University: Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease
Purpose:

The Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, or digestive disease at Vanderbilt during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. SRTP offers three areas of emphasis: Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease.

Eligibility:

Medical student during summer between first and second year, or second and third year of studies.

Funds:

Each student receives a stipend of approximately $1,950 per month. Students spend 2-3 months at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but commencement and conclusion are reasonably flexible depending upon the specific emphasis area.

Deadline:

February 5, 2018, 11:59 PM CT

Washington University in St. Louis: TL1 Clinical Research Predoctoral Program
Purpose:

To provide career development for medical and allied healthcare students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. 

Eligibility:

TL1 Clinical Research Program trainees must be enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program.

Funds:

Students receive a monthly stipend and tuition coverage for required courses.

Deadline: Applications are open annually November 1 - February 20 at 11:59 PM for a June start date.