Research and Study Opportunities

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
Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF)

Accepted students spend a year out from medical school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries coordinated through one of six hosting schools. The start date of the fellowship is July 1, 2015.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: January 13, 2015
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications from MD students for a fellowship that uses the conduct of medical professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program about contemporary medical ethics. Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing their profession today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: December 23, 2014
Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands  in 2013- 14.Participation is open to: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health 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.
Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period.

Eligible Applicants: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health students
Deadline: November – June

Ravi   Phone: (404) 929-9399 or
William Alto MD < >  
Assistant Clinical Professor, 
Univ of Washington School of Medicine
Faculty Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

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.

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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 2015, dates are July 20-31. 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.

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Rostock and Tuebingen Universities in Germany

Growing Old-Aging and Its Medical Challenges, Rostock University, June 1-12, 2015

At Rostock, students are housed in off-campus housing and provided a stipend.  Medical students who are in the Aging Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA.

Comparative Medical Ethics, Tuebingen University, June 15-26, 2015

Tuebingen University books rooms in the youth hostel and provides a small stipend to be used at the commissary.  Medical students in the Global Health Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA.

Students are responsible for all travel expenses including flights to and from Germany, ground

transportation, and for those students who are attending both programs, travel from Rostock to Tuebingen.  

Deadline: February 28, 2015
Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program

The Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program is an opportunity to spend your Summer in Guatemala in a health-care based Spanish immersion program. Since 2007 Somos Hermanos has been running language and cultural immersion programs in Guatemala. This year we are again offering a 4-week immersion program for medical students during the summer between their first and second years.

Eligible Applicants: First year students
Deadline: February 15, 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
Zhejiang University, China

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 2015, the programs tentative dates are June 13-July 11, or July 18-August 15. (No TCM program is presently offered in the Winter Break.) 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 Julianne Ip.

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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.

Annual Conferences and Meetings

2015 Summer Institute in Geriatric Medicine at Boston University Medical Center

The Summer Institute in Geriatric Medicine is a week-long conference at the Boston University School of Medicine. This fully-funded program is for students entering their 3rd or 4th year of medical school in July 2015, and is designed to promote interest in academic geriatric medicine and geriatric research. The conference will take place from May 18 to May 22, 2015.

Eligible Applicants: Second and third year students
Deadline: January 9. 2015
Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians Annual Research Poster Presentation

The Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, March 27th, 2015 during the RIAFP’s Annual Primary Care Conference at the Omni Hotel Providence. Posters presented may involve clinical, teaching, advocacy, community-based, public health, narrative medicine scholarship or a case presentation that addresses any topic relevant to family medicine. 

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: February 7, 2015
The 6th Biennial National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities

April 18th and 19th, 2015

Other Opportunities

2015 AFAR MSTAR Program

The 2015 MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with 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. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages.

Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Research projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research relevant to older people. Most scholars will do their training and research during the summer months. They will also be invited to present a poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Long Beach, California, May 19-21, 2016.

Deadline: January 30. 2015
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
Betty Lea Stone Fellowship

The Stone Fellowships offer first-year medical students the opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators. Students receive a stipend of $5,000.00. Upon selection, Fellows will assist with ongoing research during the eight to ten week program. All Fellowship placements are chosen by the Stone Fellowship Committee; a team of senior scientists.

Eligible Applicants: First year students
Deadline: January 21, 2015
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro are recruiting first year Brown University medical students to write/implement the curriculum and/or serve as camp counselors for their Providence camps. 

Camp Cardiac, founded in collaboration with Northwestern University medical students in Chicago in 2010, and Camp Neuro, founded in collaboration with Washington University medical students in Saint Louis in 2013, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students (many of whom are underprivileged) interested in exploring careers in medicine.  If you are interested in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and/or Psychology, this is a great way to start networking with some of the top physicians and learn more about the field.  In addition, regardless of your preferred specialty, this is a wonderful opportunity for any medical student interested in introducing high school students to the field of medicine.
To learn more about either camp, we invite you to visit their websites: 

An information meeting will be held in Providence in early 2015 (January/February).  If you're interested in attending the meeting and learning more, please email the President of their organization, Mr. Michael Yensel, at
Eligible Applicants: First year students
Department of Medicine Research Overview Fall 2014
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
Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.

Eligible Applicants: First and second year medical students, particularly underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged individuals
Deadline: January 9, 2015
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
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program

This program enables students 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 2015.

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).

*Gastroenterology or hepatology (Partner: AGA)

For the 2015-2016 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. 

Eligible Applicants: Second and third year students
Deadline: January 12, 2015
HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program

This program will support up to 20 students working in HHMI laboratories for 8-10 weeks. The program is primarily aimed at those students who wish to explore the summer research experience with the intent of applying for the year-long program. For the 2015 summer program, students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for 10 weeks ($500/week for less than 10 weeks) and up to $1,000 for roundtrip relocation costs. The Competition System opens on November 3, 2014 

Eligible Applicants: First year students
Deadline: February 16, 2015
IDSA Medical Scholars Program

An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students.

Deadline: February 2, 2015
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
Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH

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.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Summer Program

The summer fellowship provides medical students with an eight-week research experience within an academic anesthesiology department. During the fellowship, students participate in research and training activities, as well as clinical anesthesia activities. In addition, medical student summer fellows have the opportunity to make a scientific presentation at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting. Students receive a stipend during the fellowship and additional funds to offset their travel costs should they elect to present at the ASA annual meeting.

Deadline: December 15. 2014
Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Year-Long Program

FAER's year-long medical student fellowship is for those who would like to spend a year focusing on anesthesiology research and receive additional training, and who have completed their core clinical rotations but have not yet graduated. Students who participate in the 2015-16 program will present their research at the 2016 ASA annual meeting.

Through the program, medical student fellows can expect: One year of full-time research in anesthesiology, a formal mentor-protégé relationship with an experienced investigator, training in scientific methods and research techniques, and a $32,000 stipend, plus additional funding to cover relocation, housing, health insurance, travel to national meetings and other related expenses.

Deadline: December 31, 2014
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Summer Research Fellowship Program

This is an eight week research program for students interested in oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Students will gain clinical or laboratory research experience; interact with physicians, PhD investigators, fellows, and graduate students; attend a lecture series; present their summer research; and receive a $5800 stipend. The program will be June 15-August 7 or June 22-August 14.

Eligible Applicants: First and second year students
Deadline: January 12, 2015
Operation Groundswell

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs backpacking trips with a purpose. We are looking for globally active and socially conscious students to join us for an off-the-beaten path adventure into the developing world. 

Six-week summer placements are open in the following countries and regions:

* Ghana – Global Health

* East Africa – Youth Empowerment or Development

* Middle East – Human Rights

* Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment

* India – Education or Gender Rights

* Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice or Peace & Conflict

* Peru – Health & Wellness or Environment

Deadline: December 18. 2015
Pediatric Oncology Education Program

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes. 

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: February 1, 2015
PSR Health Professional Student Fellowship

In order to address the lack of advocacy training provided to health professionals and their related students, PSR is launching a program to certify students as “PSR Health Professional Student Ambassadors.”  Through a series of educational modules, conference calls, and in-person trainings at the local, regional, or national level, health professional student participants will become certified in various global issues. PSR is offering a PSR Student Fellowship.  This position will be full-time and located at the national PSR office in Washington, DC.  The student, a medical or graduate level allied-health student will be offered this full-time one year position either during a sabbatical year from their program or at the end of their formal training.  This is a paid position. The primary role of the Fellow will be development and launching of the PSR Student Ambassador program.  To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and three supervisory references to  Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Eligible Applicants: medical students planning sabbatical year
Rotations at NIOSH for Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)

NIOSH, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts HHes in all types of industries and workplaces throughout the US. Students will participate in labor-management meetings observe work tasks, interview workers and perform medical examinations, if needed. Activities may include epidemiologic studies, biological and environmental testing, and review of medical records and worksite illness/injury logs. The student conducts further research on a specific topic, completes data analyses, or performs other relevant tasks to create a presentation of their findings to HHE staff at the end of the rotation. Rotation length can be adapted to the student's needs.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: Varies

If interested, please contact Judith Eisenberg, MD, MS ( / 513-841-4468)

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
Summer Research Assistantship in Emergency Medicine

Summer Research Assistantships in Emergency Medicine are made available annually on a competitive basis to students enrolled in Alpert Medical School or the Program in Liberal Medical Education. This is an excellent opportunity to become engaged in a research project under the supervision and mentorship of a Brown faculty member [e.g. Instructor rank or above]. Students who are awarded an assistantship will carry out their research project at a Brown-affiliated hospital between June-August. Support for a 10-week 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.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: February 2, 2015
Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease

This program provides an opportunity for medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of Nephrology and/or Hypertension during the summer between the first and second year, or the second and third year of medical school.  Prior research experience is not required. The program does provide a stipend.

Eligible Applicants: First and second year students
Deadline: February 19. 2015