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Summer Opportunities For Medical Students


American Parkinson Disease Association Medical Students Summer Fellowship- Eligible students conduct clinical and laboratory research under the supervision of research professionals for three months during the summer. A stipend of 4,000 is available. Application deadline is late January. More information can be accessed at

American Society for Nutrition - The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is sponsoring nutrition internships for medical students. Each student will work under a recognized authority in clinical nutrition in a U.S. medical school or hospital. The internships will last eight weeks and usually scheduled in the summer, but other times may be arranged. Each student will receive a $2,500 stipend for the eight-week internship. Application and brochure available at Application expected to be available between January – February.

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) - The MMSAP is an eight- to twelve-week summer research experience for minority students in their first or second years of medical school.  The program provides a $5,000 stipend and a travel allowance. The deadline to apply is mid-March. For more information, visit

American Urological Association Herbert Brendler Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program- designed to encourage medical students to join the field of urology through a summer fellowship program. This two month research program offers a $3,000 stipend. For more information, please visit the website.

ASTRO's Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee, dedicated to advancing the role of minorities in radiation oncology, have secured funding for two Minority Summer Fellowship Awards. The purpose of the Award is to introduce medical students from under-represented minority groups early in their medical education to the discipline of radiation oncology. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with a unique training opportunity that focuses on mentoring and hands-on experience in radiation oncology clinical and lab disciplines. The 2015 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award offers each student a $3000 package that includes a $2400 stipend for an eight-week training program and $600 dollars to attend the ASTRO Annual Meeting the following year (2015). For more information please review the attached application or visit our website at:

Carolinas Healthcare System Medical Student Summer Scholars - The Ross Student Research Fellowship is a 10-week program designed to expose clinical and research experience to first-year medical students, undergraduate, and post-graduate students. Please contact for an application, if interested. Click here to view website.

CUPID Summer Fellowship - The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins offers 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. The summer fellows will be chosen based on their interest in oncology and health care disparities. In addition, the summer fellows will receive a stipend, free housing and a free gym membership for the summer. Applications will be available in January and can be accessed by visiting the following link: . Contact Gail Voelker at 410-955-8823 or if you have any questions.

David E. Rogers Fellowship Program of the New York Academy of Medicine is offering up to 5 Fellowships of $4,000 each to support summer projects for first year medical students. The Rogers Fellowship projects are intended to focus on coupling medicine with the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content of the Fellowships might range from clinical investigation through community activities or health policy analysis, to activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure, and human need. Application will be available online and the deadline for submissions early January. For more information visit the website:

Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center Program for Faculty Development and Diversity in the Office for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School is pleased to offer a great research program this coming summer. The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP), for first and second year medical students, 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 participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners. VRIP students are expected to complete an abstract, paper, and oral presentation of their summer research project. Please note that this program is an invitation-based application. In order for students to receive an application, you must email in order to request one. For more information on VRIP, please visit the website:

 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. Only 4th year medical students may apply. Deadline for applications will vary according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month. For more brochure information please visit:

Johns Hopkins University Summer Employment - Johns Hopkins University is recruiting qualified medical students to work in their summer program. Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth provides academically talented young students aged 8-16 the opportunity to take rigorous summer courses in mathematics, science, computer science, humanities, and writing. Medical students during the summer between their first and second years are needed for the position of health assistant. The health assistant is responsible for maintaining the medical records of all of the students at the site, escorting children to clinics and emergency rooms as needed, and helping to administer prescribed medications and basic first aid to the students. Although the job does not require diagnostic skills, an interest in medicine is certainly an asset. Health assistants regard their summer experience as a challenging, rewarding, and educational opportunity. Students interested in the program can find an updated employment application online by mid-December at For questions about the program, please contact or call 410-735-6185

Heart, Lung and Blood Diversity Internship - The National Institutes of Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine sponsor a short term Heart, Lung & Blood diversity research internship program.  These internships have traditionally been offered to undergraduates and medical students underrepresented in biomedical science including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, as well as to those with disabilities or who have experienced significant disadvantages.  Students have the opportunity to participate in laboratory or clinical research studies during the summer with faculty mentors.  Students are paid for two months ($3,500) with an additional pro-rated stipend. The 8 week program runs from late May to early August. Deadline to apply is early March.  For more information and to apply, visit:

Medical Student Summer Research Training Program in the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism - To give medical students comprehensive and current knowledge of diabetes mellitus and its unsolved problems; to provide an atmosphere which facilitates and encourages student interaction with a diverse group of established researchers and clinicians; and, to give participants their own unique research problem to develop. Application deadline is mid – late January. For more information, visit:

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. Only 4th year medical students may apply. The deadline for completed application will be no later than six weeks prior to start of elective. For more information, visit:

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Summer Fellowship - The Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program is an eight-week program offered to medical students who have a career interest as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.  The Summer Fellowship Program online application and project list will be available on December 15, 2014, at 9:00am EST.  Deadline to submit application is January 12, 2015. For more information, visit:

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. All students in good standing are eligible to apply. There is no set deadline for this application. For more information please visit:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Oncology Research Program - Expand your horizons in the care and treatment of the cancer patient by participating in state-of-the-art clinical research. Explore the mysteries of the cancer cell by participating in a basic science research program, or both. Special emphasis is placed on cancer prevention through lectures and practical experiences. The program offers a stipend for students to engage in research for an eight week period. The program runs June - July, however dates may be changed to accommodate student schedules. Application deadline is January 10, 2015. For more information, visit:

William J. von Liebig Summer Research Fellowship - Harvard Medical School is offering student summer research fellowships in vascular surgery. Seven 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. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research. Application deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information, visit


The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is offering the Gina M. Fiuzi Student Summer Fellowship Program to foster an interest among young researchers in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).  Undergraduate, graduate, and medical students are eligible to apply. Student summer fellowships are awarded annually. The LFA Medical/Scientific Advisory Council will review all applications. The application will be available online in January 2015. Website:

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Summer Externship Program - This is an eight-week Summer Externship program, sponsored by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Northwestern University Medical School. The externship program is held at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), located in downtown Chicago at the McGaw Medical Center. This program offers a unique and early clinical exposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. Primarily, students will assist in the clinical management of patients admitted to RIC. In addition, students will participate in a research project in a rehabilitation related field. There will be ongoing didactic and in-service efforts directed at the M1-M2 student level. The program usually begins in June and continues through late July. Each student will be awarded a $3,000 stipend for participation in this 8-week program. Deadline to apply is early January. For more information, visit

Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Scholarship and Stipend - This program is designed for medical students interested in seeking training and further education in the field of alcohol and drug abuse as it affects rural medical professionals. Fifty fully paid scholarships are available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students to attend the Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholars Track at the Annual National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse held at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The scholarship covers conference registration, resource materials, on-campus residence hall room and all on-campus meals. In addition, each student receives a $500 cash stipend at the end of the conference to help defray travel expenses. The 2015 application should be available early 2015 by visiting Application deadline is usually mid-April.


Betty Ford Center Summer Institute - The Summer Institute for Medical Students is a unique learning experience for students to gain understanding and insight into addictive disease and the recovery process.  Applicants will spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center.  The program provides full scholarships for selected students which cover travel, lodging, tuition, material fees, daily transportation to and from the Center, and most meals.  Application deadline is early March. For more information, visit

FRONTERA Border Health Scholars - Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Border Health Scholars is a 10-week summer program (June 3 to August 12) offered through the University of Arizona Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs in Tucson, Arizona. The course provides undergraduate and graduate students with an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region through practical hands-on research experience, role model mentoring, and integration into a network of peer researchers/public health professionals invested in the development of each trainee. Participants are matched, according to their area of interest, with an experienced scientist/researcher whose research has an impact on border health. Students will present their research at the end of the course. All medical students with good standing are eligible to apply. Applications will be available between January and February and will no longer be accepted once all the available spots are filled. For more information please contact Alejandra Zapien Hidalgo, at 520.621.5592 or, and/or visit the website

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Summer Research Program - Applications are being accepted for the 10-week Summer Research Program for Medical Students at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. A component of The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers. The program provides interested students with an opportunity to participate in biomedical research experiences related to oncology and to be introduced to the clinical problems presented by cancer patients. At the end of their summer experience, students will submit their research data in journal article format. Participants in the program receive a stipend for the 10 week period. Application is usually available early December through January 16, 2015. Website:

Medical Student Summer Research Training in Aging Program - The MSTAR program was developed to encourage medical students - particularly budding researchers - to consider a career in academic geriatrics. The MSTAR program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students are provided stipends to conduct full-time research during the summer for a period of 8-12 weeks. For detailed guidelines and application instructions, please go to To view brochure, click here. Please visit to follow some of the prior MSTAR Scholars’ experiences. Click here to view the MSTAR brochure. Applications are due late January 30, 2015.

Simon Kramer Society Externship in Radiation Oncology - The Simon Kramer Society Externship in Radiation Oncology, awarded annually, provides a unique opportunity for medical students to obtain a six-week experience in Radiation Oncology. Stipend provided in addition to partial travel allowance. Date of externship is flexible during the summer (June - August). For more information, click here. Applications will be available starting February 2015.

Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Program - SORFP, which has been sponsored by CHLA and USC (Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine) for more than 30 years, is once again being offered for the summer. Fellowships have traditionally gone to students from universities and medical schools throughout the United States. Prior candidates have been exceptional students; many are now in academic positions, including full-time cancer research. This program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical students pursuing interests in oncology research. Application deadline is late-January. For more information and application click here.


Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships - Summer term support (a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks) for clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology and the social sciences as related to medicine. Up to seven fellowships are awarded annually to students in their first, second, or third year. Deadline to apply is late January. For more information and to apply, go to:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Student Summer Research Fellowship - The AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship program is open to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator who is a member of the AANS and will sponsor the student. Several $2,500 fellowships will be available each year. Application deadline is early February. For more information, visit website.

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Summer Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery - The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Summer Intern Scholarship program introduces the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students from North American medical institutions. By providing an opportunity to spend 8 weeks during the summer working in an AATS member's cardiothoracic surgery department, the summer intern scholarship provides medical students with insight into the scientific investigation and study of cardiothoracic surgery. A grant of $2,500 is provided to successful applicants to underwrite their living expenses during the eight weeks of guidance at the selected host institution. Additionally all awardees will receive complimentary registration to the association's Annual Meeting and postgraduate courses that takes place in May. For more information and to submit an application please visit the AATS website. Application deadline is early January.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowships - The Gold Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Summer Fellowship program. The grant award includes a stipend for a 10-week period. Projects that do not meet the 10-week requirement will be prorated accordingly. Medical students may apply for either the Research Fellowship or the Service Fellowship program.  Application can be found on the Foundation website, (Programs & Grants/ Gold Foundation Programs). An up-to-date application will be available early 2015. The deadline is usually March 1.

The Association of Academic Physiatrists is seeking medical students from all American allopathic or osteopathic medical schools to apply for AAP PM&R Summer Externships, Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) and Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE). Application to the RREMS program is usually available in January and in December for the MSSCE program. Deadline to apply is usually mid- to- late March. RREMS and MSSCE are eight-week summer externships offered to medical students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached stipend of $4,000. Each student is expected to submit a research study (RREMS participants) or a case report (MSSCE participants) for presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting. The contribution by the hosting PM&R Department would be to agree to support the travel and registration of the trainee to the AAP Annual Meeting to allow students to present their work, observe scientific paper presentations, network with residents and leaders in the field of PM&R, and to meet additional mentors.

Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowships - The Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students, and students entering graduate school to pursue careers in endocrinology. The Society provides each student recipient with a stipend to participate in research projects under the guidance of a Society member for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer. Deadline is December 22, 2014. Visit the Website for more information.

Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes - The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of 17 NIDDK-funded Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Centers (DERC) or Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTC) during the summer between the first and second year of medical school.  The goal of the Program is to encourage medical students to consider research in diabetes and its complications as a career and to educate students about diabetes.  Students will spend 8-12 weeks working on their research project at a DERC or DRTC of their choice and receive a weekly stipend.  Application deadline is usually early February.  For more information, visit

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - NIH/NCI-funded Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program - The Pediatric Oncology program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in medicine to gain biomedical and oncology research experience.  Medical students will work in clinical research with physicians and staff in areas such as chart review, record screening and examination, data collection and entry and may also apply to attend clinics and observe procedures.  POE students must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. POE students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science and at least a 3.4 overall gpa. Medical student trainees spend 9-11 weeks in the program. Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend, and pre-paid group housing is provided for students coming from outside the Memphis metropolitan area. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Application and additional information are available on the POE program home page The deadline for applications is February 1.

The Society for Pediatric Research/American Pediatric Society grant - Research opportunity in a pediatric laboratory. The grant will provide a maximum stipend of $5,619 and will enable each student to spend two to three months working 40 hours per week in a research environment.  The application deadline is usually late January. Over 300 laboratories and research experiences are available to students.  Website.

HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) Award- This research opportunity is in hematology. A 5,000 stipend is available. Deadline to apply is late February. More information can be found on the website.


American-Scandinavian Foundation: Various Funding for Study or Research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden  - The American Scandinavian Foundation has compiled a list of funding sources for students interested in conducting research in any of the Scandinavian countries. The applicants who will be eligible will vary. The deadline varies based the funding source. For more information please visit American-Scandinavian Foundation.  

Children’s Well-Being Foundation - Medical students are invited to spend their summer or time off in Costa Rica. This is a non-profit organization that provides lifesaving medical care to children and health education for families in underserved countries available through their student intern program. Students will be able to offer care-giving and educational activities while working alongside experienced physicians. Any student involved in medicine, public health or other disciplines is eligible to apply. There is no set deadline for this application. For more information, visit .

CIEE Teaching Abroad – Are you 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. Students with Bachelor's degree, English fluency, teaching experience is preferred but not required. Deadlines for applications vary by location. For more information please visit CIEE TEACH ABROAD.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE)- The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications 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. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Medical students’ application is due December 23, 2014. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit  Click here to view the brochure.

Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer in rural Western Honduras - Shoulder to Shoulder has been working in the Intibucá Honduras for more than 20 years working with communities to reduce poverty through programs in health, education, nutrition and environmental hygiene. Shoulder to Shoulder is a long-standing partnership between communities in Western Honduras and multiple Departments of Family Medicine and other institutions in the US. Several Brown medical students, undergrads, residents, and faculty have taken part. All students are eligible to apply. The deadline for the application will vary. If you are interested, visit for additional information.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Abroad - Medical students may go to Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou (ZUSM) for 1 or 2 months on a clinical elective. PLME undergraduates and medical students may take a 4 to 6-week Traditional Chinese Medicine program. The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese is a must (at least conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience). ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. All medical students fluent in conversational Chinese are eligible to apply. There is no set deadline for this application. For more information please contact Dean Juli Ip ( or Hilary Sweigart ( You may also visit View Jack Cossman’s Guide to the ZUSM Exchange Program for brochure information.

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 are encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight's outreach program. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older. There is no set deadline for this application. For more brochure information please visit

International Health Opportunities

HHMI’s Medical Research Fellows Program
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 2014 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 2014-2015 academic year is January 12, 2015.

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.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit to learn more about both the domestic and K-RITH fellowships.


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