Research and Study Opportunities

AHA Founders Affiliate Medical Student Research 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. 

Awards for student stipends are made for 12 months for $22,000 per year which includes 10% indirect cost.

Eligible Applicants: Medical students in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Deadline: December 1, 2015 5pm E.S.T
For more information, please contact:
American Heart Association Founders Affiliate
Research Department
Phone: 212-878-5900
Autism Science Foundation Medical Student Gap Year Research Training Awards


The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre­ and Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. 
Informational Conference Call: Thursday, September 10, 12:00pm ET.
Eligible Applicants: Predoctoral and medical students are eligible for an award of $25,000. Postdoctoral students are eligible for an award of $35,000. The term of both awards will be a period of one year. See website for further details on eligibility.
Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015

Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Operations Manager, Autism Science Foundation. 

Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) is a four-day international symposium held at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) in Miami, Florida. Each year, ESRF selects medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South Americas to present original basic science and clinical research in multiple biomedical fields. In addition to formal presentations, the forum includes the informal exchange of scientific ideas among students and faculty preceptors, the encouragement of student-initiated research, and the professional development of future leaders in biomedical research.

Eligible Applicants: medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians
Deadline: Regular Submission: October 31, 2015.
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Office of Academic Exchange Programs (ECA) of the Department of State have agreed to grow what has been a very successful pilot program. They now plan to increase the number of Fulbright-Fogarty fellows (US graduate students) to ten in the 2016-17 Class based on the quality of the applicants.
The application deadline is October 13, 2015, for the 2016-17 fellows. Applicants should complete the general academic/research application and in the Special Opportunity section of the online application, select Fulbright-Fogarty Award.
Eligible Applicants: Graduate students enrolled at US institutions.
Deadline: October 13, 2015
Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center is pleased to offer a great research program this coming summer. The application process is open on September 30, 2015 and the deadline for application material delivery to CTSC office is December 18, 2015. 

  • The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP), for first and second year medical students, is a mentored, summer research program, designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers. This eight-week program runs from June 6 – July 29, 2016. 

Please note that both programs have an invitation-based application. In order for students to receive an application, they must email in order to request one.

Eligible Applicants: first and second year medical students
Deadline: December 18, 2015

Danyellé Thorpe, Program Coordinator, Harvard Catalyst

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical, Dental, and Veterinary Students at U.S. Schools
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States except federal government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2016.
Additional Medical Fellows conducting research in the following areas may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI:
*Duchenne muscular dystrophy research (Partner: Duchenne Research Fund);
*Epilepsy research (Partner: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy);
*HIV or TB research (Partner: K-RITH);
*Inherited retinal degenerative disease research (Partner: Foundation Fighting Blindness);
*Orthopaedic research (Partner: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation);
*Parkinson's disease research (Partner: Parkinson's Disease Foundation);
*Preclinical research in interventional radiology (Partner: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation);
*Veterinary student research (Partner: Burroughs Wellcome Fund).
For the 2016-2017 program year, Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for research-related enrichment activities and some research costs. The Competition System is open and the application deadline is January 11, 2016.
Eligible Applicants: 2nd and 3rd Year Medical Students
Deadline: January 11, 2015

For more information, please contact the organization via email.

WHO Global Health Geneva-based Internships

WHO offers 6 weeks internships with a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programs of WHO and global health. To be considered for a internship, applications are accepted before September 30 each year. The application process is very simple and requires filling a questionnaire that covers your education, current studies, language skills and experience. The applicant can be from any background and specialty in medicine/healthcare (eg: Infectious diseases, cardiology, oncology, public health, genetics, etc), but please make sure the specialty is identified in application form.

Eligible Applicants: This program is ideal for those who have completed their bachelor's degree and are enrolled in advanced degree or residency programs or beyond. The internees have to be fluent in the working language of the office of assignment (English or French for WHO Headquarters).
Deadline: September 30, 2015

International Opportunities

Children’s Well-Being Foundation Internship

Children’s Well-Being Foundation, founded by Dr. George Whitelaw in 2007, is a registered non-profit operating 3 clinics for underserved children in Costa Rica. Our motto - treat, educate, and empower – asserts our commitment to providing quality care to impoverished families, as well as giving them tools to manage their health. College and high school students have the opportunity to be part of the care CWB provides in Costa Rica.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
CIEE Teaching Abroad

Interested in teaching in Chile, China, Spain or Thailand for a year? This program allows students to live and work overseas while learning and interacting with the local people, culture and language. CIEE negotiates a placement teaching English, offers a local stipend and temporary housing.

Eligible Applicants: Bachelor's degree, English fluency, teaching experience preferred but not required
Deadline: Varies by location
Himalayan Health Exchange International Health Expeditions

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Participation is open to medical students. Faculty members are welcome to join any expedition. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Students and residents participation is limited to 30 on each trip.

International Opportunities for AMS Students 2015
Unite For Sight's High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in all, winter, spring or summer quarters in Ghana, Honduras or India. Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps and slums to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Volunteers encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight's outreach program.

Eligible Applicants: Must be 18 or older
Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Clinical Electives (Away)

Harvard Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. VCP is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine; to increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency; and especially to increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs. Clerkships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students in good standing at accredited US medical schools. Third-year students who have completed their last quarter core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible. VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. Financial assistance (up to $400) is available toward transportation costs to and from Boston. Housing is also provided.

Eligible Applicants: 4th year medical students
Deadline: varies according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Elective Program

The Memorial Center is an academic medical center dedicated to cancer research, patient care, and education. The Memorial Hospital faculty is offering clinical electives to FINAL year medical students. This program is highly competitive so applications should demonstrate superior academic and supporting credentials. 

Eligible Applicants: Fourth-year medical students
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to start of elective.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical/Research Electives

The NIH offers a variety of short-term clinical rotations and research elective opportunities, as well as specialized "year out" programs designed to provide advanced training in basic science, translational research, or clinical research, to highly qualified medical and dental students.

Eligible Applicants: All students in good standing
Deadline: Rolling
National Institutes of Health Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program (CEP) offers senior medical and dental students a wide variety of short-term clinical and research-oriented elective rotations at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The CEP provides students with unique exposure to state-of-the-art medical care and translational research supervised by world-renowned clinician-scientists. All elective rotations are offered for academic credit.

Other Opportunities

AAMC List of Clinical and Research Opportunities
AAMC Summer Medical Student Internship

The AAMC is seeking a medical student intern to work with Careers in Medicine and Financial Information Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) staff on various projects related to the administrative, marketing, and communication efforts of both programs. The qualified individual will possess excellent communication skills, proficiency with social media platforms, experience working with Excel, Word, etc., and ideally, will have financial aid/financial literacy skills/knowledge.

American College of Surgeons Medical Student Program Membership

Current medical schools may apply for membership to the American College of Surgeons. This program is designed to assist students with choosing a career in surgery, residency preparation and transition from medical school to resident training in surgery. Students will be invited to attend lectures, panel discussion and various activities conducted by Fellows of the College.

Eligible Applicants: Any medical student
Deadline: Rolling
American Physician Scientists Association Compiled Research Opportunities
Greatest Gift Organ and Tissue Donation Education Campaign

Greatest Gift, Inc. is currently seeking motivated medical students to help head up a nationwide organ and tissue donation education campaign. Greatest Gift, Inc.'s medical school model is designed to educate future physicians about the processes, myths and facts about donation and transplant, as well as raise general public awareness, and help develop leadership skills along the way. We are an organization created by medical students, designed with a busy medical student's schedule in mind. We will provide interested students with all of the tools they need to set up their own student organization on their med school campus (including a sample/template constitution, budgeting help, event ideas, educational training, artwork, t-shirt ideas, your own web page and more).

Eligible Applicants: all medical students
Helping Hands Grant Program

The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health service projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. These projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. The program was established to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
International Opportunity Databases

A couple of organizations have compiled databases for research opportunities, electives, internships, etc.:
International Federation of Medical Students Association:

International Health Opportunities from AMSA:

Eligible Applicants: varies
Deadline: varies
Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Improve your listening skills by becoming a volunteer for The Samaritans of RI Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline/Listening Line. A fellow Brown medical student said of the experience, “As someone who hopes to pursue a career in medicine, I know this experience will help me so much in the future, in terms of knowing how to communicate with patients and truly listen to what they are trying to tell me. I absolutely know this will make me a better physician, and I am thankful to the Samaritans for teaching me these skills.” Fall Training Classes Begin in September. Medical students eligible for Brown Financial aid may be eligible for Off Campus Work-Study when volunteering for The Samaritans. Please check with your financial aid adviser in the Medical School.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: rolling
UPenn List of Opportunities