National Research Opportunities

Health-Related Summer Opportunities for Medical Students and Premed Students

  • Health-Related Summer Opportunities

    Ross Student Research Fellowship

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IN FEBRUARY

    A 9-week long paid internship designed to expose first-year medical students, undergraduate and post-graduate students to clinical surgery, trauma and research. Clinical experience includes direct observation of floor rounds, ICU rounds, acute trauma resuscitation, surgery, ICU procedures, and resident teaching conferences.

    Summer Pipeline Program

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 4, 2019

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center provides funding and support for members of under- represented groups in medicine to participate in the Summer Pipeline Program. This eight-week research program is offered to medical students who are interested in a career as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. This program grants students who have completed their first or second year at a US medical school accredited by the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or COCA (Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation) the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty.

    Thomas Jefferson University Simon Kramer Externship

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 30, 2020

    The Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is offering the annual Simon Kramer Society Externship in Radiation Oncology. This externship was established for the purpose of exposing medical students to the discipline of radiation oncology and provides up to two students each year with the opportunity to spend six weeks in our Department working on a research project and participating in clinical and educational activities. You must be a first or second year student in good standing in an accredited United States Medical School in order to be considered for this externship. The start and end dates will be determined with the students after the selection process, but must occur between June and August.

    American Urological Association Summer Medical Student Fellowships

    The Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program is a chance for outstanding medical students to pursue urology research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists.

    Awardees receive $4,000 stipends to support them during a ten-week mentored research experience. These awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Herbert Brendler, MD, Research Fund; the Arkansas Urologic Society; the Florida Urological Society; and the Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the AUA.

    NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2020

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, yearlong 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 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.

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and inclusion Summer Research Trainee Program

    Each summer, twenty students are selected from a nationwide competition to join SRTP. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of a Mass General Hospital (MGH) investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly seminars at MGH, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

    ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY

    Student scholars engage in a 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.

    The Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY

    The Department of Urology at UC Irvine would like to announce an excellent research opportunity for medical students interested in urology. We are accepting applications to The Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology for the 2019-2020 academic year. The LIFT program is a highly competitive, one-year research fellowship under the mentorship of two of the most prolific academic urologists, Dr. Jaime Landman (Chairman) and Dr. Ralph Clayman (Dean emeritus and Professor). Given the increasing competitiveness of the urology match, this fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for medical students interested in urology to create a robust resume.

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1

    Eight-week biomedical research internship including lectures from NIH investigators and career/professional development workshops.

    Harvard Catalyst Research Program

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2020

    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 careers in clinical/translational research: research that transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or populations studies into clinical or population-based applications to improve health.

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Co-op/internships and summer research opportunities in biomedical research premedical studies.

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital

    APPLICATION OPENS NOVEMBER 1ST, 2019

    The 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides students with the opportunity to explore clinical and basic science research in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    New York University, College of Medicine

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2020

    Students work on directed research projects in the biomedical sciences by senior faculty members at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

    Oregon Health Sciences University

    APPLICATIONS DUE MID-FEBRUARY

    The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) provides a 10-week fellowship program with a designated mentor in the Divisions of Neuroscience, Reproductive & Development Sciences, and Pathobiology & Immunology.

    Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Pediatric Oncology Student Training

    DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MID-FEBRUARY

    The POST program is designed for graduate and undergraduate medical students who have an interest in pediatric oncology research and would like to experience the field first hand.  Students train with a pediatric oncology research mentor.  Students must be able to dedicate between 8 - 10 full weeks to the program and start between May 1 and August 31 (dates may vary depending on the student's scheduled break).  Maximum stipend is $5,000. 

    American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Student Fellowships (AACAP)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS EARLY-MARCH

    The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowships offer a chance for medical students to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field. The fellowship opportunity provides up to $3,500 for 12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. Participants are required to attend the AACAP Annual Meeting in October. (Complimentary registration and travel reimbursement for the Annual Meeting are included in addition to the fellowship stipend).

    American Association of Neurological Surgeons Student Summer Research Fellowship

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 1, 2019, DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2020

    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.

    American Association for Thoracic Surgery Summer Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery (AATS)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2019

    The 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.

    American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS EARLY JANUARY

    The Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 stipends grants to current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors. The intent of this program is to motivate talented medical students to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research.  The fellowship start date is determined by the mentor and should extend 10-12 weeks over the summer.

    American Society for Nutrition

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MID-MARCH

    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 will be scheduled in the summer, but other times may be arranged. Each student will receive a $2,500 stipend for the eight-week internship.

    Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowships

    DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH

    The Gold Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Summer Fellowship program. The grant award includes a $4,000 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.

    ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

    DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 7, 2020

    The purpose of the ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship award is to introduce students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education.  The experience is designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.  This is an 8 week program with a stipend provided. 

    University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 1, 2019

    A 10-week investigative research program directed by MD Anderson faculty.

    Kaiser Permanente Oakland Head & Neck Surgery Departments

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 12, 2020

    2020 Summer Clinical Otolaryngology Research (SCORE-Oto) Program an 8+ week intensive summer opportunity to pursue research and observe clinical care in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck surgery.

    Kaiser Permanente Oakland Obstetrics & Gynecology Departments

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 12, 2020

    2020 Summer Clinical OB/GYN Research (SCORE-Ob) Program is An 8+ week intensive summer opportunity to pursue research and observe clinical care in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

    University of Maryland, School of Medicine

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 5, 2020

    The Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training (SPORT) is a summer research internship for medical students only. The program offers an intensive 10 week full-time research experience and mentorship to successful applicants as well as a stipend of approximately $6,081. Housing and transportation are not included in the program.

    Campagna Summer Research Scholarship in Neurological Surgery

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY, 2020

    The scholarship supports a 10-week summer semester of research under the supervision of a neurosurgical mentor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and residence expenses in Portland, Oregon. Students in the first or second year of study at an accredited U.S. medical school are eligible to apply. One scholar will be selected annually. Campagna scholars will receive $5,000 for support of travel to and living expenses in Portland. Scholars are eligible for up to $2,500 additional award to support travel to a national neurosurgical meeting to present the results of their research project, under the supervision of their mentor. The OHSU neurosurgical faculty mentor also receives up to $2,500 to cover research expenses.

    Medical students with a serious interest in neurological surgery are encouraged to apply.

  • Clinical Research Opportunities

    New York University, College of Medicine

    APPLICATION OPEN MID-NOVEMBER

    Established by the Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department, Project Healthcare (PHC) is an immersive 10-week program that allows students to take part in several weekly rotations based in the emergency department.

    American Parkinson Disease Association

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EARLY DECEMBER

    The APDA Summer Fellowship focuses on developing Parkinson's related research projects.

    Betty Ford Institute Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS)

    A week long experiential learning program for students to gain first-hand knowledge of treating addiction.

    Fight for Sight Summer Fellowship

    APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 15TH

    Students wishing to explore ophthalmology or eye research are awarded $2500 to conduct short, independent project under the guidance of a senior scientist or clinician.

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer (MSKCC)

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 4, 2019

    The MSKCC Summer Fellowship Program is an 8-week research program in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.

    Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    The Department of Physical medicine & Rehabilitation offers fellowships in the following areas: traumatic brain injury, sports medicine, sports medicine/musculoskeletal, pediatric rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and spinal cord injury.

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 17, 2020

    The RPCI Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology allows students to engage in clinical and/or basic scientific research for an 8-week period.

    Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions

    The Scaife Advanced Medical Student Assistantship in Alcohol and Other Drug Dependency program offers students training in the field of addiction.

    American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP)

    2020 APLLICATIONS NOW OPEN, DEADLINE TO REQUEST MENTOR IS 11/15/19

    The MMSAP is an 8-12 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.

    Vanderbilt University Diabetes Center

    APPLICATIONS OPEN MID-NOVEMBER, 2019

    The Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) allows students to conduct research in the areas of diabetes and obesity-related areas, ranging from basic laboratory studies on gene regulation, to clinical studies on humans.

    American College of Gastroenterology

    APPLICATION DEADLINE DECEMBER 6, 2019

    The American College of Gastroenterology offers Medical Resident Clinical Research Awards of up to $10,000 for original research in clinical gastroenterology. The mentor must be an ACG member at the time of submission of the grant proposal. This application is intended for physicians in training (residents). Awardees will be selected based on feasibility, scientific and clinical significance, originality and anticipated contribution of the research to clinical practice.

  • Public Health Research Opportunities

    Butler-Williams Scholars Program 2020

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 14, 2020

    The 2020 Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the Summer Institute on Aging Research) includes lectures, seminars, and small group discussions in research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to aging of ethnic and racial minorities.

    New York City, Department of Public Health

    APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 15

    Under close supervision and mentorship of experienced professionals, students are matched with a practicum opportunity that enables them to experience some "real-life" challenges of public health.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IN JANUARY

    The OMHHE supports a variety of Internship opportunities in public health settings.

  • International Research Opportunities

    Child Family Health International (CFHI)

    CFHI provides a unique opportunity for students to gain immersive experiences in the field of global health.

  • Disadvantaged Students/Underrepresented Minorities Research Opportunities

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program is an 8-12 week biomedical and behavioral science research program that builds on established academic links throughout the world.

    Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

    APPLICATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 1ST, DEADLINE FEBRUARY 5TH, 2020

    The SHPEP is designed to provide interested students with a variety of career and academic experiences in the health professions.

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    APPLICATIONS OPEN DECEMBER 3, 2019, DEADLINE MARCH 3, 2020

    The UCLA Pre-medical/Pre-dental Enrichment Program is designed to help prepare students for medical and/or dental school. The program contains the following components: MCAT preparation, medical/dental coursework, career guidance and personal development, and clinical preceptorships.

    Creighton University

    Paired with Creighton University faculty and researchers, students conduct kinesthetic laboratory research in various biomedical fields during an 8- week program.

    Weill Cornell Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1

    The Advancing Cornell Career Experiences for Science Students (ACCESS) internship program is designed for students to gain hands-on experience of biomedical research.

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    The 6-week Fostering Advancement & Career through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS) program engages students in group research projects within various areas dedicated to the filed of public health.

    Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1

    A rigorous 5-week program that allows participants to gain exposure to medical school curricula, case-based problem solving, special lectures, clinical experiences, and research methods.

    Tufts university, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15

    The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) program is a 10-week, mentored research program designed to provide interested students in gaining biomedical research experience.

Sponsored/Funded Research Opportunities

Summer Research Resources