Funding Opportunities


Career Specific/ Research / Fellowships

This database has been compiled to provide students with information regarding various sources of private financial funding. Students interested in applying should contact the individual organization for more information. Students should review the application instructions and eligibility requirements of each scholarship in detail before applying. Unless otherwise noted, all application materials and supporting documentation should be sent directly to the foundation offering the specific scholarship.

This information is provided as a courtesy and is not considered exhaustive. If you are aware of a program that is not listed here kindly notify us at and we will be sure to add it. Please note that every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. All external scholarships and fellowships must be reported to the Financial Aid Office each academic year that they are received.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Boston area
Each year, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) selects and supports more than 250 new university graduate school students to follow in Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s footsteps by improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. ASF's U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program immerses these students in an experiential learning process designed to develop and sharpen the skills and abilities necessary to become lifelong Leaders in Service: professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world. For more information see:

American Heart Association Student Fellowship Program
The purpose of the grant is to encourage medical students to consider a career in cardiovascular research. The need for new researchers in the health sciences, from basic science to human behaviors, is critical. This program is designed to provide students at the crossroads of career choices an opportunity to experience research first hand with an established investigator. Application deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST. Award amount: Student Stipend: $22,000 (which includes 10% indirect costs). For more information and online forms, please visit: Please be advised that students who apply for this program must obtain the sponsorship of an established investigator engaged in appropriate cardiovascular research at a research facility within the Founders Affiliate which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The American Heart Association is not responsible for providing the students with appropriate institutions and/or sponsors within the Founders Affiliate.

American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research
The APS and SPR are offering a medical student research program to encourage gifted medical students to consider careers in research related to pediatrics. This program is specifically designed for students seeking a research opportunity at an institution other than their own medical school. The program gives students $60.00 per day for a maximum stipend of $5,400 and enables them to spend 2 - 3 months in a research environment. There are currently nearly 300 labs and research experiences throughout the U.S. and Canada available to students. The number of students funded in 2013 will depend on the availability of funding. Additional information can be found at Applications are due by January 23, 2013.

Betty Lea Stone-American Cancer Society Research Fellowships
The Stone Fellowships offer first-year medical students the opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators and receive a stipend of $5,000. Upon selection, Fellows will assist with ongoing research during the ten-week program. The Stone Fellowship Committee, which is composed of senior scientists, chooses the Fellows. Applicants must be first-year medical students enrolled in a New England medical school. Applicants must have selected a faculty sponsor who will work with him or her to write a proposal for a summer research project. Deadline January 23, 2013. For more information go or email Kathy O'Connor at

Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
A $5000 award is available for ,First, second, and third-year students from schools with active AOA chapters are eligible. 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. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. The name of the fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004. Proposals must be submitted to the councilor before December 31, 2012. The final application to the national office must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2013. Informatin available at:

CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
Looking for medical students with a strong interested in public health or in practicing medicine with a broad, analytic perspective. Eight competitively selected fellows will spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offices in Atlanta, GA where they carry out epidemiological analysis in various areas of public health. Find more at or email

CDC Global Health Fellowship
The CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship provides opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain valuable public health experience in an international setting which encourages students to think of public health in a global context. Each year, 10 Hubert fellows spend 6–12 weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem alongside field teams from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through these experiences, students establish relationships with, and receive training from, experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies. To learn more about the CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship, visit us online at The application deadline for the 2013–2014 fellowship class is Friday, February 15.


CUPID Summer Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins 
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins sponsors a summer fellowship for medical students entitled “Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent or Disadvantaged” (CUPID). CUPID is a unique program that is designed to address the chronic problem of persistent cancer health disparities. The CUPID program is a 7 week summer fellowship for medical students who have demonstrated interest in caring for underserved populations and who are exploring careers in oncology. Applicants must be first year medical students and will be chosen based on their interest in oncology and health care disparities. In addition, the summer fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing and a free gym membership for the summer. The application can be completed by visiting our website:
. Applications will be accepted from January 1 – 31, 2013. If there are any questions, please contact me or the CUPID program administrator, Gail Voelker at 410-955-8823 or email  

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars
This is a one year fellowship program available to students with advanced standing in a US medical, osteopathic, or dental school; or enrolled in a doctoral-level program at a US school of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Applicants must have strong academic records and must be a US citizen or permanent US resident. PhD candidates must have completed their Master's level coursework. All other professional doctoral degrees must have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical clerkship prior to the start of the fellowship year. To learn more and obtain an application, please visit

HHMI & The KwaSulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis & HIV 
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) are pleased to announce a partnership to fund medical students for a year of basic research through HHMI’s Medical Research Fellows Program. The new partnership presents a unique opportunity for students to conduct research in tuberculosis (TB) and HIV at K-RITH, a new cutting-edge research institute in Durban, South Africa. 
The year-long fellowships will begin in the summer of 2013 and are open to students currently enrolled in US medical schools. Students should have previous research experience and a strong interest in infectious disease. MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply. NOTE: the application deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is January 11, 2013. The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research. HHMI and its partner organizations will award up to 77 fellowships for 2013-2014. Fellows will receive a stipend of $29,000, and allowances totaling an additional $11,000. Interested applicants are encouraged visit: to learn more about both the domestic and K-RITH fellowships.

HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program
Cloister Program was established in 1985 to give outstanding students at U.S. medical schools the opportunity to receive research training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Research Scholars spend nine months to a year on the NIH campus, conducting basic, translational or applied biomedical research under the direct mentorship of senior NIH research scientists. After second or third year of medical or dental school is an ideal time to determine how biomedical research could play a part in your career, before you formulate your plans for residency or postgraduate training. 42 medical or dental students are selected to become Research Scholars. For more information, visit

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The Medical Fellows Program supports a year of full-time biomedical research training for medical and dental students. Applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. medical school or dental school and the fellowship research may be conducted at any academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health. Those enrolled in combined professional/Ph.D. programs (e.g., M.D./Ph.D.) are not eligible to apply.Research may be conducted abroad if the fellow's mentor is affiliated with a U.S. institution. An annual stipend of $28,000, an annual fellow's allowance of $5,500, and an annual research allowance of $5,500 is awarded. Apply online via HHMI at For more information, email:; Phone: (800) 448-4882 ext. 8889.

Joseph Collins Foundation
The application process is initiated by the student's medical school with a request for the official form. The application is filed by the medical school with a letter from the dean affirming the student's eligibility on the basis of qualifications, merit, and need. The letter must also indicate that the applicant has a desire to specialize in neurology, psychiatry, or to practice general medicine. Applicants must have academic standing in the upper half of the class and a demonstrated interest in the arts or other cultural pursuits. Award amount is $5,000 and may be renewable. Request an application before January 15 from Joseph Collins Foundation, Attn: Augusta L. Packer, Secretary/Treasurer, 153 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022. Application deadline: March 1.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program
This partnership program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students participate in an eight-to twelve-week structure research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics. Students may train at an NIA-supported National Training Center or, for a limited number of medical schools, at their own institution. Application Deadline: January 31, 2011 Program Guidelines and applications can be obtained from

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program
This is an eight-week research program offered to first- and second-year medical students who have a career interest as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Participants receive a stipend of $5,800 for the eight-week program. Memorial Sloan-Kettering does not provide housing to program participants. Housing options will be identified and made known to participants. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility. 2013 PROGRAM DATES : June 10-August 2, June 17-August 9, or June 24-August 16. Additional information and applications can be found Deadline: January 14, 2012, at 12:00 noon EST.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, pays tuition, required fees, and some other education costs, tax free, for as many as four years. The program includes a monthly stipend in exchange for service in a federally-designated and medically underserved area of the United States. In addition, priority for selection is given to applicants who are committed to primary care specialties such as family practice, general internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology. For additional information see

National and Regional Student Research Forums
These annual forums offer young investigators the opportunity to present their research, receive meaningful feedback, and participate in scholarly discussions with peers and established scientists. Awards are presented to students with the highest-rated oral and poster presentations. Three regional forums are held prior to the national forum every year. For more information, visit the website:

National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society (New England Chapter)
The Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announces a four-week summer clinical fellowship program to medical students who are interested in learning about this specialty area of neurology practice. Supported directly by the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter, the summer fellowship program is recommended for students who have completed their first year of medical school. The program is, however, flexible, and qualified students enrolled in DO/MD/PhD programs or have available elective time at later stages of their training would be welcome to apply. The chapter will provide a stipend of $2,000 for the 4-week program. Deadline for applications is February 1st, 2013. Participants must make their own living arrangements and have their own dependable transportation. Please see for further details or to apply, contact David Young-Hong at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter at

NIH Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research. It enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving two mentors--one at the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, Maryland and one at either Oxford or Cambridge University. The projects culminate in the award of a D.Phil or Ph.D. in science from either Oxford or Cambridge. Students may also pursue combined M.D./Ph.D. training through partnerships the program maintains with a broad range of American medical schools. The Scholars Program is funded through the NIH intramural research program. The Scholarship provides each accepted student a living stipend, health insurance coverage, and a travel allowance for the duration of Ph.D. training. In addition, the program fully covers tuition at Oxford or Cambridge. For more information please see

Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program
This program is designed to provide educational services, leadership training, and funding to reimburse a portion of medical school related debt. 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 of medical school in the fall may apply. The PLF will award scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each. For additional information contact Jane Ireland at, (888) 995-5700 ex: 1249. Or write Pisacano Leadership Foundation, 2228 Young Drive, Lexington, KY 40505-4294. Applications are available at Application deadline: March 1.

Sarnoff Endowment for Biomedical Research
Eligibility: The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. 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. Fellows are selected on the basis of a national competition. Sarnoff seeks individuals with demonstrated intellectual and academic achievement, as well as leadership ability. Although applicants may have prior research experience, applications are also encouraged from students without extensive prior research experience. Applicants enrolled in an MD/PhD program will not be eligible for a Sarnoff Fellowship. Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students. Fourth year medical students are required to submit an official letter from their medical schools granting graduation deferment. There are no citizenship requirements for application, but those who are not U.S. citizens must have and maintain an appropriate visa. The Foundation will not handle visa matters for applicants. Stipend and Benefits: Fellowship awardees receive the following benefits: $28,500 stipend; Allowances up to $7,000 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory, moving expenses, health insurance and computer equipment; Financial support to attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and NIH Clinical Investigator Student Trainee Forum Funds for travel to present a paper, based on Fellowship research, at two national conferences. For more information visit:

Scaife Family Foundation Medical Student Fellowship Program 
The Institute of Addiction Studies (IAS): The Historic Summer School. IAS is an intensive learning program focused on cutting-edge topics in the field of addictions. Medical students interested in the field of addictions are encouraged to explore the Institute of Addiction Studies through the Medical Student Fellowship Program. This one week program, made possible by the Scaife Family Foundation, includes a four-hour per day course designed for future physicians and up to 20 hours of additional education through lectures and workshops of the students choosing.The Scaife Family Foundation Fellowships cover tuition, room and meals, and a $400 stipend to assist with travel and miscellaneous expenses. The deadline for applications for the 2013 IAS Medical Student Fellowship Program is April 15, 2013, though scholarships will begin to be awarded on April 1st, so we encourage students to apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 732-445-4317 or email us at or visit our website at

Scientific Councils Student Scholarships
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Scientific Councils are offering Student Scholarships in Cerebrovascular Disease and Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Students in medical schools or in masters or equivalent programs in an accredited school in the United States where research training in cardiovascular disease and stroke is available are eligible to apply. The award is for students to work on a project or projects either in a block of several months or over a longer period. The minimum full-time commitment is two months as most projects take place over the summer months. The typical applicant for these scholarships will be conducting research over the summer.  For more information go to

Seed Grant Research Program
Offered by the AMA Foundation, this program provides $2,500 grants to medical students, physician residents and fellows for basic science, applied or clinical research projects. Grants are awarded in the following research categories: cardiovascular/pulmonary Diseases, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, neoplastic diseases, and secondhand smoke. For more information, go to:, e-mail or call (312) 464-4200. Application available in September, 2012.

St. Jude's Pediatric Oncology Education Program (NIH/NCI)
The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research. A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Thus, qualified students with an interest in cancer research are particularly encouraged to apply 
The minimum time requirements are: 9 weeks at St. Jude for students currently in medical school, 10 weeks for returning POE students, and 11 weeks for all others. There are no specific start and end dates for the program, but students should plan to start on a Monday (Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday) in mid-May to mid-June and finish on a Friday in August. The deadline for receipt of ALL POE 2013 application materials will be February 1, 2013. Applications can be found at Early submission of credentials is encouraged, since those applying in the last few weeks before the deadline run a high risk of not having all their credentials submitted by the deadline. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply, since a major long-term goal of our program is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Under-represented minority sophomores and juniors will be considered for appointment as CURE (Comprehensive Umbrella of Research Experiences) Scholars, in addition to their appointment as a POE student. For further information contact (email preferred): Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD, Director,Pediatric Oncology Education Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 304, Memphis, TN 901-595-2488 Phone 901-595-3292 FAX.  

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