Ongoing Research Funding Opportunities

There are a variety of opportunities for medical students to receive funding for 3, 6 or 12-month research projects. For more information, please click on the boxes below.

Click HERE to the resource page for research funding and training opportunitites

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical Students at U.S. Schools In order to
encourage more medical students to pursue academic and research careers, the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding "year-out" and
summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the
U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to
apply.Students enrolled in M.D./Ph.D. programs are not eligible to apply.

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:
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
school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the
NIH in Bethesda, MD. HHMI will award 66 fellowships in 2013. For more information please click here.


Check website in August for application and deadlines

The opportunity: Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks, 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school. The name of the fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

The awards: $5000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on approval by AΩA of a final report of the research. Up to $1000 will be reimbursed for travel to present research results at a national meeting.

Eligibility: First-, second-, and third-year students from schools with active AΩA chapters or associations are eligible. Ph.D.s and candidates for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. are not eligible.

Dates for application:

1. Proposals must be submitted to the councilor before December of each year, see website
2. The final application to the national office must be received by the end of January each year, see website for details

Application Details can be found on website.

The focus of the laboratory of Dr. Wenbin Deng has been on investigating (1) pluripotent stem cells and their differentiation towards neural lineages for regenerative medicine; and (2) molecular mechanisms of neuronal and glial cell death, with an emphasis on excitotoxic, oxidative and inflammatory forms of injury to the nervous system. We are working on novel methods of cellular reprogramming, stem cell derivation and differentiation, disease-specific cells from induced pluripotent stem cells to model human diseases and find new therapeutics. We are seeking individuals who are interested in reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotent stem cells, characterizing cell lineages and precursor populations and identifying factors that influence growth/expansion of neural/glial lineage cells, developing genetic/chemical platforms to reprogram cells and to control cell differentiation and to achieve directed differentiation of stem cells. Trainees will be given opportunities to independently design and execute incisive experiments and interpret results, and to author papers in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in areas of relevance to the research. The candidates should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a strong passion and commitment to science, and will also work closely with the Principal Investigator to help supervise and train students and assistants and to ensure smooth functioning of an active research laboratory. Interested individuals are welcome to email Dr. Wenbin Deng at

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States, other than the medical school in which they are enrolled.

Fellows are selected on the basis of a national competition. Sarnoff seeks individuals with demonstrated intellectual and academic achievement, as well as leadership ability.
Although applicants may have prior research experience, applications are also encouraged from students without extensive prior research experience. Applicants enrolled in an MD/PhD program will not be eligible for a Sarnoff Fellowship.
Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students. Fourth year medical students are required to submit an official letter from their medical schools granting graduation deferment.
There are no citizenship requirements for application, but those who are not U.S. citizens must have and maintain an appropriate visa. The Foundation will not handle visa matters for applicants.

The Sarnoff Foundation is committed to promoting diversity in the biomedical and scientific community. We strongly encourage applicants from members of underrepresented or historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Stipend and Benefits

Fellowship awardees receive the following benefits:

  • $30,000 stipend
  • Allowances up to $3,500 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory, moving expenses, health insurance.
  •  Financial support to attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
  • Funds (up to $1,350) for travel to present a paper, based on Fellowship research, at two national conferences

Application Schedule and Information

Competitions are held annually. The application deadline for the 2016-17 Sarnoff Fellowship Program is January 6, 2016. The online application for the 2016-17 Sarnoff Fellowship Program will be available in August 2015.
Each applicant must submit the following:

  • One-page personal statement describing scholarly interests and career plans
  • Three-page essay on the applicant's cardiovascular topic of interest
  • Completed application form and signed statement of confidentiality
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Recommendation from the applicant's Sponsor
  • Two additional recommendations
  • Any other material that the applicant determines is appropriate to support the application

    Contact Information:
    Dana Boyd, Executive Director

    Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation
    731 Walker Road, Suite G-2
    Great Falls, VA 22066
    Phone: 703-759-7600
    E-mail: or visit the website at:

About the Program:
The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established in order to attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research. The program is designed to give students enrolled in M.D., Ph.D., or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. Up to ten $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2014. To learn more about the program, please visit: New materials updated late summer/early fall.

Application Deadline:
mid-January, see website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 212-703-9977.

Project Title: :
Chronic Anemia Post Gastric Bypass Surgey: Mimicking Myelodysplatic Syndrome: More than just Iron and Copper Deficiency

Primary Investigator:
Mingyi Chen, M.D., Ph.D./Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Please contact Dr. Chen at

Resident/Medical Student Opportunity for participation:
Collecting and analyzing the clinical data.

Please refer to the announcement below for more information:
Research Project List (PDF)

2022-2023 Orthopaedic Value-Based Health Care Fellowship for Medical Students

The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is offering an exciting gap year opportunity for medical students. The year-long Orthopaedic Value-Based Health Care Fellowship provides a paid opportunity to work closely with leading Dell Med faculty on clinical and/or health services research projects, while gaining first-hand experience with value-based health care delivery and payment models. The Fellow will work directly with faculty such as Department Chair Dr. Kevin Bozic and Medical Director of the UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Institute, Dr. Karl Koenig. For more information, visit our website and submit an application here. Please direct questions to Lauren Uhler.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will be offering paid research opportunities for medical students interested in a scholarly year.  We have 4 opportunities available; the application deadline is March 31, 2022.  For more information, view the announcment here