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. 

Duke University Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva and London
The summer 2016 Duke University Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva and London is now accepting applications.  Now in its 15th year, the network of over 400 alumni are leaders in the global health and policy fields.  
What is the Program on Policy and Governance?
The Program on Policy and Governance offers an unparalleled opportunity for professional and graduate school students to intern with a UN agency international NGO, or socially innovative company in Geneva and London.
The summer program includes:
  • Four fellowship tracks
    • Global Health Fellows (Geneva)
    • Environment, Energy, and Economics Fellows (Geneva)
    • Humanitarian Action Fellows (Geneva)
    • Global Social Innovation Fellows (London)
  • A Policy Internship of 8-12 weeks
  • An intensive, one-week course (one for each track)​
  • Many events throughout the summer to network and socialize with other policy interns and experts
Deadline: November 16, 2015

Join us for an information webinar on Thursday, October 22nd from 1:30-2:30pm EST.  Please RSVP to Maggie Woods.

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

Harvard-Longwood Short-Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery
Seven medical student research fellowships are available for 10-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. Trainees will pursue a program of intense research activity. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.
Students will carry out their research projects under the guidance of a faculty advisor selected from renowned vascular researchers based at three Harvard Medical School hospitals: the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Additional information can be found on the program website.
Eligible Applicants: According to NIH requirements, students have to be US citizens or US Permanent Residents (green card holder).
Deadline: January 15, 2016

Interested applicatns are required to mail (post-marked) and/or email the necessary documentation to Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, MBA.

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.

Introduction to Chinese in Clinical Usage

A two-week summer course (offered in English) in “Introduction to Chinese in Clinical Usage” at the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine (Tainan, Taiwan) is offered for Brown PLME students and medical students. In 2016, dates are June 27-July 22, 2016. Tuition is covered by NCKU. Housing will be arranged by NCKU at a nominal cost. Total expenses include the plane ticket, food, and out of pocket expenses. Partial funding is available to support the travel to NCKU for the two-week course. 

Eligible Applicants: PLME students and medical students
Deadline: February 28, 2016

Discuss funding options with Dr. James Sung,,

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.
Student scholars engage in a closely mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or nearby NIH facilities, that matches their research interests and career goals.
Brochure can be accessed here.
Eligible Applicants: The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Informational webinar to be held on November 20, 2015 at 3:00pm (ESTS).
Join WebEx meeting (click to join)
Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-668-4493
Meeting number: 627 550 723
Meeting password: MRSP1617
Access code: 627 550 723

For more information, please contact Tonya Shakelford & Kenny Williams, MRSP Adminstrators, at

Nth Dimensions Orthopaedic Summer Internship Program

Apply for the 12th Annual Orthopaedic Summer Internship program, sponsored by the Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). All medical students are encouraged to apply for this program especially designed for first year gender and ethnic minority medical students. Summer interns work side by side with experienced orthopaedic sugeon preceptors in a challenging academic or private practice environment. Students prepare and defend poster presentations at the National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention and attend elements of the AAOS Annual Meeting the following spring. For more information, view the program flyer here.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students are encouraged to apply for this program especially designed for first year gender and ethnic minority medical students.
Deadline: January 8, 2016

For more information or to apply online, visit the program website.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
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. Applications can be found here.
Deadline: February 1, 2016

For further information, please contact  Suzanne Groneymeyer, PhD, Director of the Pediatric Oncology Education Program.

Summer Ethics Fellowship for Medical Students
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications for its 2016 medical program. FASPE Medical uses the conduct of doctors and other medical professionals during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on contemporary medical ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges of medicine today.
Ten to 15 Fellows will be chosen for the 2016 program, which will run from Friday, June 17 through Thursday, June 30. All program costs, including travel to Europe from New York and back, European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. FASPE Medical is part of a program offering fellowships in several professional fields. Medical Fellows travel and share some seminars with Seminary Fellows.
Deadline: December 22, 2015

To apply or to learn more about FASPE,  please visit the website. It you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Zhejiang University School of Medicine

At Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China, PLME undergraduates and medical students may take one of the two 4-week Traditional Chinese Medicine programs in the summer. For 2016, the programs tentative dates are June 11-July 9, or July 16-August 13. The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese preferred at a conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience.  However, fluency is not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency and you will be paired one-on-one with a Chinese speaker. ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. The Pang Endowment provides a stipend. Discuss this option with Dean Ip.

Eligible Applicants: PLME undergraduates and medical students
Deadline: February 28, 2016
University of Colorado School of Medicine: Southeast Wilderness/Austere Medicine Class
A weeklong adventure-medicine class designed for first year medical students.  Canoe Alabama’s remote Escatawpa, a swift moving, “blackwater” river noted for beautiful white sandbars, numerous swim holes, and rich wildlife.  Learn wilderness and austere medicine skills on a real-world canoe expedition, taught by University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.  Earn optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certification.  Includes local transportation (from Mobile), instruction, tuition, canoes and canoeing gear, group gear, food, and supplies.  No experience necessary and while designed for first year med students, open to post grad health profession students of any year or field.
Cost is $950 ($1195 with AWLS certification) if registered before January 31st, which includes a $100 “early-bird” discount.
Location: The Escatawpa River in Southwest Alabama. Class starts and ends in Mobile, Alabama.
Eligible Applicants: First year medical students

For more information, please email Dr. Todd Miner or call him at 607-592-5224.

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