Scholarly Opportunities

External Programs and Funding

On this page you will find listings of national opportunities for medical students to pursue research, international experiences, community service, and other training. If you are interested in taking a year off, please contact the Scholarship and Discovery Team.

Research Presentation & Conference Support

The Pritzker School of Medicine has limited funding to support students who represent Pritzker or present an abstract or poster at virtual regional or national conferences. To apply for this funding, please click on the link below and complete the electronic form.

Graduate Council Travel Fund

The University of Chicago Graduate Council Travel Fund has limited funding to support student travel. Funding is up to $500 and students may receive the allocation only once. Students can submit an application through the Graduate Council Travel Fund website. Once materials are received, applications are evaluated on the last day of the quarter; students are encouraged to apply during the quarter before their planned travel.

Dean's Letter of Recommendation Request

Many research opportunities will require a Letter of Recommendation from the Dean. At least two weeks before the deadline for application, please email Dana Levinson with information on the opportunity and instructions on how to submit a Letter of Recommendation.

For Letters of Good Standing, email Jill Kelly.

AAMC Clinical and Research Opportunities

In addition to the research opportunities below, visit the AAMC Clinical and Research Opportunities page for a comprehensive list of other US opportunities for both year-round programs and summer programs. 

Ongoing Research Opportunities

This listing includes both extended and short-term research opportunities, which have deadlines and funding available throughout the academic year.

Purpose:

A lack of ethnic diversity exists among dermatology's physician population. This affects ethnic minority patients because they may seek medical care less frequently or when it is too late. The Diversity Mentorship Program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice. This mentorship program encompasses 160 hours during the course of one month, commonly in the summer months, but must be complete by December 1.

Eligibility:

First- through fourth-year medical students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine may apply to participate in the AAD's Mentorship Program. However, we highly encourage medical students to apply in their third or early 4th year of medical school when they have already decided on dermatology as a career.

Funds:

A $1,500 grant will be awarded to assist with travel and living expenses.

Deadline:

Applications submitted on or before November 1 will be considered in the selection for the following year. Applications submitted after November 1 will be held for the following year's award cycle.

Link: American Academy of Dermatology: Diversity Mentorship Program
Purpose:

The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection of organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policy-making. One Fellow is selected each spring to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time, paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for one year.

Eligibility:

Any medical student AMA-MSS member in good standing. Applicants are not expected to be proficient advocates and managers at the start of the fellowship. Prior health policy, legislative, or political experience is helpful.

Funds:

A stipend of $4,000 per month will be paid. Additionally, compensation for travel expenses to the AMA-MSS and AMA Annual and Interim Meetings will be provided commensurate with existing AMA reimbursement policy. Health insurance is required and may be a continuance of your current health insurance or purchased independently.

Deadline:

Email mss@ama-assn.org for more information about the application deadline and process.

Link: AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF)
Purpose:

To support research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanities. 

Eligibility:

Candidates must be current students at accredited medical schools in the US or Canada.

Funds:

$1,500 stipend and possibly up to $750 for travel to annual meeting.

Deadline:

March 1, 2021

Link: American Osler Society: William B. Bean Student Research Award
Purpose:

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately advance their careers. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must identify as underrepresented in medicine and be enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school program and be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada.

Funds:

Participants receive a stipend to support their research experience: up to $7,000 for flexible project students and up to $36,000 for year-long project students.

Deadline:

The deadline to request a mentor is November 15, 2021. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

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

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program fosters the leadership abilities of aspiring health professionals, who design and implement service projects that promote health equity. Founded in 1996, Health & Medicine’s Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program cultivates aspiring health and human services professionals to be informed, concerned, and involved with addressing health inequities.  Each year, the Schweitzer Program provides 30 exceptional  students with opportunities to design and implement projects to improve the health and well-being of underserved Chicago communities.

Eligibility:

Any student who will be enrolled at least part-time in a health-related, graduate-level-degree-granting program during the Fellowship year is welcome to apply. Please note that two exceptions to this are medical and podiatry students who will be entering their third year of medical school. Medical and podiatry students who will be in their first, second, or fourth year during the Fellowship year are eligible.

Funds:

Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500 (paid in four installments) both to underscore the seriousness of their work and to ensure that students who are already struggling financially are not discouraged from participating.

Deadline:

The application deadline for the 2021-22 Fellowship year is Friday, February 1st, 2021.

Link: Chicago-Area Schweitzer Service Fellowship
Purpose:

The GWIS National Fellowship Program is proud to offer fellowships to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers by women.

Eligibility:

Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad. Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.

Funds:

A maximum of $10,000 may be requested.

Deadline:

The deadline is January 11, 2021 at 5:00pm Eastern Time.

Link:  Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program
Purpose:

The Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation developed the Grants for Emerging Researchers/Clinicians Mentorship (G.E.R.M.) to build a pipeline of tomorrow's ID leaders. Through this highly rated program, first, second, or third-year medical students receive access to an ID research experience designed to spark intellectual curiosity and inspire the pursuit of a career in the field of infectious diseases. Selected scholars are sponsored by an IDSA Member or Fellow to advance ongoing research, initiate new studies, or explore other concepts within the field of infectious diseases outside of their primary institution. Eligible categories include: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Clinical Research, Epidemiology, International Health, Laboratory Research, Medical Education and/or Prevention

Eligibility:

Students in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of an accredited US or Canadian medical school. Each student must have a mentor who is an IDSA member or fellow.

Funds:

Each scholarship recipient will receive $4,000. Recipients are also given complimentary IDSA membership. 

Deadline:

The call for applications for the 2021 GERM Program awards opened on November 16, 2020

Link: Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation Grants for Emerging Researchers/Clinicians Mentorship
Purpose:

The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research. This is a 12-month program.

Eligibility:

Students must be US citizens or permanent residents who have a strong interest in conducting basic, clinical, translational or population health research and are currently enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at an accredited medical program.

Funds:

Annual stipend of $36,000

Deadline:

The application for the 2021-2022 cycle will be October 1, 2020 to January 8, 2021.

Link:  National Institutes of Health (NIH): Medical Research Scholars Program
Purpose:

The Medical Student Research Training (MSRT) program provides mentored support for medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab.  This support is via a supplement to a training grant (T32) in the appropriate area of research.  A list of currently funded T32 program locations is available. Providing the opportunity for students to interrupt their medical school studies for up to 12 months to pursue a research project should help them solidify their decisions to pursue a research career, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical training.

Eligibility:

The medical student must be in good standing, have completed at least one year of medical school education, have full-time commitment of 9-12 months, and have an established relationship with a faculty sponsor at a funded NIDDK T32 where the program goals align with the candidate's proposed research.

Stipend:

Support will consist of a stipend at the current published predoctoral stipend level, as well as $4,200 for research support and health insurance, all prorated for the actual period of support.  Funds will be awarded as a supplement to the appropriate NIDDK-T32 grant at the institution.

Deadline:

Applications must be received by one of two receipt dates: January 15 or April 16 of each year.

Link:  NIDDK T32 Medical Student Research Training Supplement
Purpose:

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care.  By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty.

Eligibility:

Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period. Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall of 2021 may apply.  

Funds:

The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000.

Deadline:

Application deadline for the 2020-21 Scholarship is March 1, 2021.

Link: Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program
Purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. Poggi fellows are a crucial part of the pediatric orthopaedic surgery team and gain clinical experience both in and out of the operating room. 

Eligibility:

Applicants should be completing their third year of medical school (in rare circumstances, uniquely qualified students finishing their second year of medical school may be considered) and must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.

Funds:

The recipient of this award will receive a $30,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year, as well as travel expenses to national presentations.

Deadline:

January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Link:  Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award at Johns Hopkins
Purpose:

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited US medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States, other than the medical school in which they are enrolled. During the year in the laboratory, the Sarnoff Fellow will undertake his/her own research project and assume responsibility for it from inception to completion. The Fellow is expected with guidance, to develop the hypothesis and specific aims of the project, to participate in the experimental design, to carry out appropriate experiments, to interpret the data with the help of his/her preceptor, and to prepare an original manuscript for submission to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. Each Fellow presents his/her results at the Sarnoff Foundation's Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as at appropriate national meetings.

Eligibility:

Students enrolled in accredited US medical schools selected on the basis of a national competition. Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students.

Stipend:

$35,000 stipend, plus allowance of up to $8,000 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory and attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, moving expenses, health insurance and funds for travel to present a paper at two national conferences.

Deadline:

The deadline for the 2021 Sarnoff Fellowship Program is January 12, 2021.

Link:  Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation: Research Training for Medical Students Fellowship
Purpose:

The SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Longitudinal Program is designed to engage first, second and third year medical students in mentored scholarly work over a year's worth of time, allowing for projects that would require more time to develop and/or implement. The program is designed for the student scholars to develop a better understanding of the career of a hospitalist through meaningful exposure to inpatient clinical work, hospital-related administrative responsibilities and educational activities.

Eligibility:

Candidates must be current students at accredited medical schools in the US or Canada, must be a student member of SHM, and must identify a mentor who is a current and active SHM member with whom he/she can conduct a full-time scholarly project.

Stipend:

Recipients will receive up to $5,000 for the duration of their project which will start in the summer and conclude in the fall of the following year. Funds may not support salaries or stipends. Funds may be used to support professional research assistant or data analysis support, the purchase of necessary materials, or other project-related expenses. 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 student scholars.

Deadline:

The scholarship application will reopen in Fall 2021.

Link:

Society of Hospital Medicine Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant: Longitudinal Program
Purpose:

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. The Intensive Predoctoral Program runs 12 months, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year.

Eligibility:

Trainees must be enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering, social work, pharmacy, audiology and communication sciences, veterinary medicine, or another allied health profession. 

Funds:

Trainees receive a monthly stipend. Tuition for courses required by the program are covered through NIH and institutional support. Trainees receive a limited amount of funding for their research projects and for travel to attend the annual TL1 Predoctoral National Meeting. 

Deadline:

The deadline for 2020-2021 is due at 11:59pm on February 20, 2021.

Link: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program
Purpose:

The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend.

Eligibility:

Fellows are required to be in full-time residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School during their fellowship year.  Zuckerman Fellowship is awarded for one year only, even though some master's degree programs last for more than one year. Candidates are individuals who have - or are pursuing - an MBA, JD, or MD and are seeking an additional master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The fellowship application is separate from the candidate's application for admission to the graduate programs.

Funds:

The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend.

Deadline:

Application deadline for the 202--21 Zuckerman Fellowship is January 4, 2021.

Link: Zuckerman Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership

Summer Research Opportunities

This listing includes funding for research during the summer months only.

Purpose:

The purpose of the fellowship is to foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers. The opportunity provides financial support for research to be conducted either during 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 a period of 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school.

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:

$6000, 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, 2020. The final application must be submitted online through the AΩA website by February 2, 2021

Link: Alpha Omega Alpha: Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research 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 students enrolled in accredited US medical schools and must obtain AACAP membership (free for medical students). Students must commit to working full-time for 12 consecutive weeks.

Funds:

$3500 for 12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor.

Deadline:

The deadline is March 1, 2021

Link: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellowships
Purpose:

To focus on underrepresented racial/ethnic minority (URM – inclusive of Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Pacific Islanders) medical trainees for mentorship and research as a means to increase representation of minority groups in academic gastroenterology careers.

Eligibility:

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school, be in good academic standing at their program and be in either their first, second or third year of medical school. Also, eligible students must be from a racial/ethnic group that is from one of the following underrepresented groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Afro-Caribbean, or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Funds:

Two fellowship recipients will be chosen and each awarded $5,000. This amount is inclusive of travel, lodging, and stipend expenses for the 8-10 week research fellowship.

Deadline:

This Fellowship has not been updated for the 2021 ACG Summer Scholars Program.

Link: ACG Summer Scholars 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.

Eligibility:

Any medical student in good standing who will have successfully completed one year of edical school by June 2019. Applicants must participate full-time for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 weeks.

Funds:

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

Deadline:

Please be in touch directly with the National Training Centers for their program deadline and application materials.

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

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately advance their careers. 

Eligibility:

Identify as an underrepresented student in medicine, enrolled in an MD, DO, or MD-PhD program, between first and second year of medical school.

Funds:

$5000 Stipend and $2000 for research supplies.

Deadline:

The deadline to request an ASH mentor is November 15, 2020. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Link: American Society of Hematology: Minority Medical Student Award Program (Summer Project Option)
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:

The application deadline is January 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Link: American Urological Association: Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program
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:

The application will open in Fall 2021.

Link: Arnold P. Gold Foundation: Student Summer Research Fellowships
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 and $1,000 toward the cost of travel to the Annual Meeting.

Deadline:

The deadline to apply for the 2021 Minority Summer Fellowship is February 5, 2021.

Link: ASTRO: Minority Summer Fellowship Award
Purpose:

The CNS/CSNS Medical Student Socioeconomic Fellowship supports a medical student conducting research on a socioeconomic issue impacting neurosurgical practice.

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:

The CNS/CSNS Medical Student Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research has not been updated for 2021.

Link: CNS/CSNS: Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research
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 $2,400 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:

Applications are due in March 1 2021.

Link: Fight for Sight: Summer Student Fellowship
Purpose:

FAER's Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) program provides funding to support medical students for 8 weeks in the summer in focusing on anesthesiology research, training in scientific methods and techniques, and learning how to incorporate research into a medical career

Eligibility:

Medical student enrolled full-time an an accredited US or Canadian medical school, in the first, second, or third year of school.

Funds:

$3200 stipend to cover relocation, housing, and/or health insurance, plus additional funding to cover travel to a national meeting.

Deadline:

Applications open in December 2020. The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

Link: Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER): Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Summer Program
Purpose:

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation presents the Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS), an intensive weeklong immersion program for medical students who are interested in learning about the dynamics of the Disease of Addiction.

Funds:

In addition to the SIMS training, flights, hotel, and meals are provided through this funded scholarship.

Deadline:

Applications are due on March 1, 2021.

Link: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS)
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 Foundation provides 6 awards of $4,000 each.

Deadline:

Applications will open in January 2021.

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

Funds:

Participants receive a $6000 stipend for the complete 10-week period. The stipend is intended to subsidize housing, meals, and travel expenses.

Deadline:

You may apply starting in November 2020. Applications will be accepted through January 14, 2021.

Link: MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Program for First-Year Medical Students
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 ten weeks participation in the program.

Deadline:

The application for the 2021 Medical Student Fellowship Program is now open. Please complete the online application by Friday, December 11th at 11:59pm EST.

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

The Scholars in Oncology-Associated Research (SOAR) program is funded by a National Cancer Institute (NCI) R25 grant. The SOAR program provides 14 medical students with an opportunity to conduct a cancer research project under the supervision of a University of Chicago faculty member, learn about the fundamentals of cancer research and clinical oncology, explore multidisciplinary and interprofessional aspects of oncology, and begin to learn about the global impact of cancer.  10 SOAR students are funded for cancer research projects at The University of Chicago and 4 SOAR students are funded for Global Oncology research. The ultimate goal of SOAR is to help students begin on a path towards a career in cancer research in any oncology-related medical specialty.

Eligibility:

Medical students at Pritzker School of Medicine between their first and second year of medical school conducting a summer research project with an identified SOAR mentor.  Projects/mentors not previously identified as part of SOAR will be considered on a case-by-case basis.August, must attend a research symposium in Nashville in August, and must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Funds:

$6,600 stipend and $1000 for research supplies.

Deadline:

The SOAR application follows the Summer Research Program project selection cycle.

Link: Scholars in Oncology-Associated Research (SOAR) website
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.

Eligibility:

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

Funds:

Stipend of approximately $2000 per month. A travel allowance will be provided for the research symposium July 29th - 30th, 2020 in Nashville, TN.

Deadline:

The application deadline for Summer 2021 will be available in January 2021.

Link: NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes
Purpose:

The RSNA Research Medical Student Grant gives medical students the opportunity to gain research experience in medical imaging while still in medical school. Guided by a community of support and network of mentors, recipients will define objectives, develop research skills, and test hypotheses—all before choosing a residency program.

Eligibility:

You must be an RSNA member to apply for the Medical Student Research Grant. If you’re a non dues-paying member, your scientific advisor or your co-investigator must be a dues-paying member. You must be a full-time medical student at an accredited North American medical school.

Funds:

Grant recipients receive a $3,000 stipend, matched by the sponsoring department for a total of $6,000 for their summer project.

Deadline:

The application is due on Feb. 3, 2021. 

Link: Radiological Society of North America Medical Student Grant 
Purpose:

A full-time clinical or research mentorship with an established rheumatology professional; students can choose a four- or eight-week clinical preceptorship or an eight-week research preceptorship. The purpose is to encourage medical and graduate students to consider a career in rheumatology.

Eligibility:

Preceptor must be an ACR or ARHP member; student must be enrolled in an LCME accredited medical school. Students may apply during any year of their medical studies.

Funds:

$2000-$4000 plus complimentary registration and up to $1000 in travel expenses to attend the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

Deadline:

The deadline has passed for 2021.

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

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide the interested medical student with an in-depth exposure to Emergency Medicine early on in medical school education. This 5-week program will begin on July 5 and end August 6, 2021. 

Eligibility:

Underrepresented minorities who are interested in Emergency Medicine, currently in their first year of medical school. The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine includes: Blacks, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (that is, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and mainland Puerto Ricans.

Funds:

This is a funded position that includes housing and a stipend. 

Deadline:

The application deadline is January 31, 2021. Please email EMstudents@nyumc.org for questions.

Link: Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine Summer Medical Student Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine
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.

Eligibility:

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

Funds:

The allowance for the 8-week program is $4,800.

Deadline:

Deadline is January 31, 2021.

Link: Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology
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:

The application will reopen in Fall 2021.

Link: Society of Hospital Medicine: Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Summer Program
Purpose:

The David E. Rogers Student Fellowship Award 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:

Eligible candidates are required to be a UC citizen, permanent resident, or authorized to work in the US. Competition is open to candidates attending medical or dental school in the US, for research projects lasting between 10 and 12 weeks in the summer between the applicant's first and second years of medical/dental school.

Funds:

Up to five grants will be awarded with a stipend of $4000 each for student research projects in the summer.

Deadline:

The application is due on January 15, 2021.

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

The University of California San Francisco Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) located at UCSF Health is excited to sponsor a Medical Student Summer Internship in Hospital Medicine with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The goal of the Internship is to enhance exposure to the field of hospital medicine and provide opportunities for academic engagement with our ongoing DEI efforts.

Eligibility:

We are specifically seeking candidates who align with the Division’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are interested in candidates from diverse backgrounds with a track record of experience and engagement in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a commitment to communities that have been historically marginalized. We are specifically seeking applicants who demonstrate a unique contribution and commitment to diversity. The intern will be exposed to the many facets of academic hospital medicine, including quality improvement, medical education, research, and clinical excellence through a DEI lens.

Funds:

Each student receives a stipend of approximately $5,000 to cover living expenses during the 8-week internship period.

Deadline:

The application for Summer 2021 is due on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Link: UCSF Medical Student Summer Internship in Hospital Medicine
Purpose:

The University of California San Francisco Division of Hospital Medicine (DHM) located at UCSF Health is excited to sponsor a Summer Internship for Quality, Safety, and Value available to interested medical students. To best meet the needs of our patients and the health system, the DHM is committed to pipeline development in the areas of hospital quality, safety, and value improvement.

Eligibility:

We are specifically seeking applicants for an immersive experience in the real world of quality improvement. The intern will be exposed to the many facets of improvement work under the direct mentorship of the DHM leadership. The student will engage in at least one improvement effort, work closely with an interprofessional team, and have opportunities for scholarly dissemination. 

Funds:

Each student receives a stipend of approximately $5,000 to cover living expenses during the 8-week internship period.

Deadline:

The application for Summer 2021 is due on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Link: UCSF Quality Improvement Summer Internship Program
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.

Eligibility:

Medical students must participate for a minimum for two months between June and August, must attend a research symposium in Nashville in August, and must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Funds:

Each student receives a stipend of approximately $2,100 per month.

Deadline:

The application for Summer 2021 is due on January 18, 2021. 

Link: Vanderbilt University: Student Research Training Program (SRTP) in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease

International Opportunities

The following are external international opportunities available to Pritzker students.

Purpose:

4-8 week long international health-service learning opportunities in a variety of settings (Argentina; Bolivia; Ecuador; India; Mexico; South Africa; Uganda).

Eligibility:

CFHI programs are open to participants 20 years of age or older at the time of participation. CFHI programs are open to all with an interest in global health. Coursework related to health or medicine and experience volunteering in a clinical setting is recommended.

Costs:

Students must pay for the cost of their own program.

Deadline:

Applying early is encouraged in order to secure your spot in your top choice program and to give you more time to prepare for the program. All applications received 45 days or less before any arrival date are considered last minute applications.

Link: Child Family Health International
Purpose:

The fellowship supports those who pursue clinical tropical medicine or tropical medicine research electives in areas afflicted by tropical diseases.

Eligibility:

Must be a full-time student in a North American accredited school of medicine at the time of the application and at the time of the elective.

Funds:

Awards vary

Deadline:

The next application cycle will begin February 2021

Link: Benjamin Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine
Purpose:​

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) seeks applications for its medical fellowships. FASPE Medical, a component of a larger program that works with students in various fields, uses the conduct of doctors and other medical professionals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust as a launching point for an intensive course of study on medical ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland where Fellows study the past and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of today.

Eligibility:

Medical applicants must be enrolled in an MD or DO program at the time of their application or must have an MD or DO and be working towards a subsequent degree.

Link: Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Medical Ethics
Purpose:

To foster leadership, learning and empathy between cultures.

Eligibility:

U.S. citizens who hold a B.A. degree at the time of the grant; some countries have requirements regarding foreign language proficiency and/or previous time spent in country.

Funds:

Subject to availability of federally-appropriated funds

Deadline:

Application due to the University of Chicago; the institution will submit an electronic copy and a hard copy of the application to the Institute of International Education. Contact Beth at bpowers@uchicago.edu to schedule a meeting as early as possible. Drafts must be submitted by August 30, 2020 at 5pm CST in order to have a campus interview scheduled. The final campus application deadline is September 16th, 2020, 5pm CST.

Link:

Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Fellowship

Purpose:

The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early stage investigators from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as defined by the World Bank, to enhance their global health research expertise and their careers. (See The World Bank Country and Lending Groups to identify countries with low- or middle-income economies.) Individual students, postdoctoral fellows or faculty from the U.S. or from LMICs apply through the consortia below for placement at an LMIC institution for 12 months.

Current Consortia:

Six U.S. university consortia received awards in the latest competition, Fogarty Global Health Training Program (D43) (RFA-TW-16-002). See each consortia website for program areas, application information and eligibility:

Link:

NIH Fogarty International Center Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars

Purpose:

IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers summer scholarships to medical students with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students

Eligibility:

Any medical student interested in pursuing research activity on pediatric or adult infectious diseases. These activities may involve either clinical or research activities. 

Funds:

$2000

Deadline:

Please see website for more details.

Link:

Infectious Disease Society of North America-Medical Scholars Program

Purpose:

ISL’s medical teams provide medical care and public health education in partnership with local community agencies. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our medical teams work in field clinics assessing patient needs and treating acute conditions. Volunteers have the opportunity to provide valuable services in developing communities, while increasing their own cultural competency skills.

Eligibility:

ISL's medical teams are reserved for licensed health professionals and upper level graduate students who have completed their first year of professional health training.

More Information:

International Service Learning - Medical Teams

Purpose:

The Luce Scholars Program awards scholarships and sends a select group of young scholars to various locations in Asia for a year in their field of interest.

Eligibility:

American citizens with at least a bachelor's degree, no older than 29 at the time they enter the program and cannot have had significant exposure to Asian culture or Asian studies; strong leadership ability; potential for professional accomplishment within chosen field.

Link:

Luce Scholars Program

Purpose:

The MAP International Medical Fellowship encourages lifelong involvement in global health issues by providing selected medical students firsthand exposure in a Christian context to the health, social and cultural characteristics of a developing world community

Eligibility:

Fourth-year medical students at the time of their externship are eligible.  Applications should be submitted during the academic year prior to travel.

Funds:

The fellowship provides 100 percent of the approved round trip airfare to one destination. In most instances, students pay room and board as well as any in-country travel expenses.

Deadline:

The annual deadline to submit an application is March 1 - applications should be submitted during the academic year prior to travel.

Link:

MAP International Medical Fellowship

Purpose:

Unite For Sight targets the more than 36 million people with undiagnosed and untreated cases of preventable blindness. 

Eligibility:

Volunteers interested in assisting interns and eye doctors in an international health setting (Ghana; Honduras; India).

Cost:

Volunteers pay for their own airfare, travel, VISA, immunizations, insurance, and living expenses. No funds for travel, lodging, or living expenses are paid directly to Unite For Sight. The total costs will depend on your program location and on the amount of time you will be abroad.

Deadline:

Programs fill quickly, and it is suggested that you apply as soon as you decide that you would like to participate. You may apply more than a full year in advance, or you may apply a few months in advance.

Link: 

Unite for Sight International Volunteer Program
Purpose:

The Human Rights Internship Program offers a select group of Chicago students the opportunity to learn the skills and understand the difficulties inherent in putting human rights into practice.

Eligibility:

Students are not required to take a Human Rights course before applying, but accepted interns should take Human Rights II (History and Theory) or Human Rights III (Contemporary Issues in Human Rights) prior to starting their internship.

Funds:

$5,000

Link:

Human Rights Internship Program

Electives and Externships

Purpose:

The Summer Institute provides a unique learning experience for medical students to gain understanding and insight into addictive disease and the recovery process. Successful applicants spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center.

Eligibility:

Open to all medical students

Funds:

Tuition, travel, materials, and on-campus meals provided.

Process:

Joseph Skrajewski, Medical Education Coordinator at (760) 773-4375

Deadline:

The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

Link:

Betty Ford Center: Summer Institute for Medical Students

Purpose:

The purpose of the elective is to provide an introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology. Students are offered the opportunity to actively assist in the epidemiologic investigation of infectious diseases.

Eligibility:

Third-year student at time of application

Funds:

Applicants selected for the program must pay for

  • Round-trip transportation to their assigned CDC facility
  • Living expenses during the elective

Deadline:

The application period for 2022 rotations will be open February 1- March 31, 2021.
Link: 

Center for Disease Control: Epidemiology Elective

Purpose:

The Jackson-Steindler Clerkship Awardees will participate in the clinical services at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, the educational programs including conferences and surgical skills education as well as have the opportunity to participate in research conferences.  Successful applicants will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an interest in advancing diversity within the specialty of orthopaedics. The clerkship is not affiliated with the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation residency match program.

Eligibility:

One or two medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopaedics will be selected for this award.

Funds:

The award includes support for housing and travel.
Deadline:

All application materials should be received by March 1.

Link: 

Ruth Jackson-Steindler Orthopedic Clerkship

Purpose:

To fund students’ efforts to obtain clinical exposure to abortion care through an externship.

MSFC offers 2 abortion training options: the Clinical Abortion Observation and the Reproductive Health Externship. Both programs provide financial and logistical support for your efforts to obtain clinical exposure to abortion care. The Clinical Abortion Observation is a short program, lasting between 3 days and 2 weeks. The RHE is at minimum 2 weeks in duration and participants are required to have exposure to at least 50 abortion procedures.

Eligibility:

Medical student in good standing.

Funds:

Funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet all program requirements

Deadline:

A complete funding application must be submitted to MSFC Headquarters for consideration at least 1 month prior to the start date of your externship.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Reproductive Health Externship manager by phone at (215) 625-0800 or via email at externs@msfc.org

Link: 

Medical Students for Choice: Reproductive Health Externship Program 

Purpose:

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. 

Eligibility:

Students who have a MPH degree are not eligible.

Funds:

Full scholarship to attend a 4-day symposium in Washington, DC.

Deadline:

The application deadline is February 12, 2021. Application details here.

Link: 

Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
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 their first and second years of medical school

Funds:

$3,000 stipend

Deadline:

March 5, 2021. Please call the Medical Education Office at (312) 238-2870 or email Ms. Diane Ross at dross@ric.org with questions regarding the application process.

Link: 

Summer Externship Program