Funding Opportunities

Funding for Research at Home and Abroad

Funding Opportunities Compiled by Penn Med

Travel Funds

International Affairs Travel Fund (IATF) – Graduate Students

The Graduate Student International Affairs Travel Fund is available to full time Brown graduate students who are conducting research abroad or delivering a paper at an international conference. The IATF is a supplementary allowance to assist with travel expenses of one professional trip per academic year. Students may apply for up to $750 for the Americas and Europe and up to $1000 for Asia, Africa and beyond. Applicants may combine this fund with Graduate School funds and other sources. Requests for the IATF may be submitted at any time prior to travel.

Eligible Applicants: all medical students
Deadline: Rolling
Society for the History of Navy Medicine – Travel Grant

The Society was founded to promote and support research, scholarship and publication of work concerning all aspects of the history of navy, or maritime, medicine. To encourage this, the Society will provide one annual travel grant up to $750 to present a paper on any relevant topic at the Society’s Annual Meeting and Papers Session.

Deadline: Rolling
Travel Awards

Awards are available to medical students who have been selected to attend national meetings in which they are presenting (oral or posters), or who are representing AMS in a leadership capacity. This award can be up to $750 per student ($1000 if traveling internationally) and should be used for accommodations, transportation, conference fees, and general travel expenses.
Students will be required to submit original receipts upon completion of travel.

Eligible Applicants: To apply for an award, please include your abstract, the letter of acceptance from the conference you plan to attend, a detailed report listing your financial requirements and a listing of all other fellowships, scholarships or grants already received for conference attendance.
Deadline: Rolling

Emily Green, Director, Student and Faculty Development

(401) 863-9139 /


2015 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (Students to Service) application cycle is now open!

Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their last year of school  who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care.

NHSC Students to Service award recipients receive up to $120,000 tax free for three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service. Upon completion of residency, Students to Service award recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need.

Eligible Applicants: Fourth year students
Deadline: November 13, 2014
2015 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships

The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships. Up to 20 fellowships, each in the amount of $2,500, will be awarded to medical students in the U.S. or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school. Students will spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory mentored by a neurosurgical investigator who is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Eligible Applicants: First or second year students.
Deadline: February 6, 2015
Brown MHIRT Scholarships for Summer 2015

The Brown University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) provides international summer research experiences for qualified students, along with intensive training prior to travel and continuing upon return.  The program provides exposure and training in global health programs and global health research at a foreign site to qualified undergraduate, post baccalaureates and graduate students in the life, physical, social sciences, or medical students who have not yet received terminal degrees and are from populations historically underrepresented in the sciences.   The program is funded by NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and is led by Drs. Timothy Flanigan, MD and Amy Nunn and administered by the Brown Global Health Initiative.

Deadline: December 19, 2014
Brown University Library Grant Finding Page
Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Scholarships (PA)

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is currently accepting scholarship applications from Pennsylvania residents. Fund Amount: $1,000-$2,500.

Eligible Applicants: All students who are PA residents
Deadline: Varies
JMSA Scholarship

The JMSA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of medical and educational information between the US and Japan, as well as in providing valuable medical information to the general public. Many donors, from private individuals to large companies contribute each year to the JMSA scholarship fund to support the education of medical professionals.

Deadline: December 31, 2014
Massachusetts Medical Society Scholarships

The MMS offers scholarships from $500 to $5,000 for medical students who are legal residents of towns in participating districts. See site for more details. Some scholarships require membership in MMS.

Deadline: Varies
Medical Student Research Projects in Geriatrics

The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University, funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, is offering seed grants for medical student curriculum development projects in geriatrics. Students enrolled in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University are eligible to apply. Students who are doing scholarly concentrations in aging or have curriculum SAs from the Reynolds Program are eligible to apply, but the seed grant proposal must be different from the scholarly concentration project or SA. Each grant will need an identified faculty member who will serve as an advisor to the project. Awards will be up to $1,000. Awards are for one year. Budgets should be planned according to this timeframe. Unused funds will be transferred back to The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. The Awards are not transferable to other institutions. The overall merit of the project will be considered and evaluated by the Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research and a selection committee.

Renee Shield at


The Rhode Island Medical Women’s Association (RIMWA) is offering funding to Brown University medical students up to $500. In keeping with RIMWA’s mission of recognizing the special needs of women in medicine, as both practitioners and patients, this funding opportunity seeks to support research in women’s health and gender specific medicine. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae with a description of their project, budget needs and relevance to the broad mission of RIMWA. Awardees will be asked to present their research during the Annual Meeting held the first week of May.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: Rolling

Megan Turcotte, RIMWA Assoc Director; Email:

Summer Research Assistantships in Emergency Medicine

SRAs in emergency med are made available annually on a competitive basis to students enrolled in Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education and Alpert Medical School. This is an excellent opportunity to become engaged in a research project under the supervision and mentorship of a Brown faculty member in the Emergency Medicine Department. Students who are awarded an SRA-EM assistantship will carry out their research project at a Brown-affiliated hospital between June-August. Support for a 10-week EM summer research assistantship to work with a faculty is $3,500. Other employment is usually not authorized during the defined work-week tenure of the assistantship, and academic credit cannot be obtained for work performed under this form of support.  These awards are separate from the medical school's Summer Assistantships and involve a different application process.  For more information on the SRA-EM please contact Hilary Sweigart at

Deadline: February 2, 2015
Teaching Assistant Positions

The Office of Summer and Continuing Studies may have funded teaching assistant positions for intensive introduction to medicine courses for high school students.

Deadline: Varies

Office of Summer and Continuing StudiesBox TAttn: Maria Byerly(401)

William B. Bean Student Research Award

This award is $1500 and supports medical student research in medical history and medical humanities.

Deadline: March 1, 2015