Student Research

Extramural Fellowships & Opportunities


Please contact Drs. Wacker, Dall, or Molteni or send an email to UMKC SOM Research (somresearch@umkc.edu) with additional questions.

National Institutes of Health Programs

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. 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. 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. Participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your first year of clinical rotations (i.e., third year of medical school).

Application Deadline: Check Website for detail
http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/mrsp/index.html

 

NIH Clinical Center Summer Internships

The NIH Clinical Center (CC) Summer Internship Program offers summer internships to students who are U.S citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled in high school, college, graduate programs, and health professional schools including nursing and medicine. Each year, more than 7,000 students apply to the National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program. From this pool, approximately 50 students are selected to participate in the Clinical Center’s internship experience. At the Clinical Center— the nation’s largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research—students work with mentors who are researchers and health professionals; participate in the NIH Research Poster Day with results generated by their work in this summer program; and attend weekly lectures presented by NIH investigators.

Application deadline: Late November- March 1 each year
http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/students/summer_internships.html

 

NIH Clinical Center Clinical Electives

The NIH Clinical Center’s Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented elective rotations to senior medical or dental students in a multitude of specialty fields and biomedical disciplines at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital devoted to human subject research. Elective rotations provide highly qualified students with the opportunity to have direct experience in the care of patients enrolled in investigational protocols under the direct mentorship of world renowned clinician-scientists. Participants also learn about the design and conduct of clinical trials and fundamental principles of translational medicine while evaluating or treating patients in clinic, or on the wards.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/students/clinical_electives.html

Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellows Program

Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellows Program

Established in 1989, the Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,600 students have participated in the program, which allows students to choose their own mentor; develop a basic, translational, or applied research project; and conduct full-time research for one full year. Medical Fellows conduct research at an academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health or other federal agencies; at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, or at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. The program provides unparalleled enrichment opportunities with HHMI investigators, other renowned physician-scientists, alumni and peers to enhance career development and build community. Students will begin in the summer and will be awarded a stipend, research allowance, and insurance allowance.

Application deadline: TBA
http://www.hhmi.org/programs/medical-research-fellows-program

NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes

NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes

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 the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required. Students will be awarded a stipend of approximately $1900/month.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://medicalstudentdiabetesresearch.org/

Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease

Vanderbilt Student Research Training  Program in Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease

The Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist at Vanderbilt during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. Students need to participate for a minimum of two calendar months between June and August. SRTP offers three areas of emphasis: Diabetes and Obesity, Kidney Disease, and Digestive Disease. Students will receive stipends of approximately $1950 per month.

Application Deadline: See website, email stu.res@vanderbilt.edu for more information
www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/diabetes/srtp/index.php

TL1 Research Training Programs

Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Training Program (TL1)

Provides a dedicated year of study to complete a Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (MS-CR) for students currently enrolled in a MD, PharmD, DDS, or DO program at a Frontiers affiliated institution and completed the basic science program requirements. During this time you will also complete a research project leading to a publishable paper. The TL1 program is sponsored by an NIH grant and provides you with a modest stipend during your year of study, tuition remission for coursework, travel funds to attend a national conference, and funds for the research project*.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://frontiersresearch.org/frontiers/TL1-training-program#overlay-context=clinical-doctoral-students

 

Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Summer Research Training Program

The Summer Research Training Program is an adjunct to the 8-week summer program offered by clinic doctoral programs at KU Medical Center, UMKC, and KCUMB. It offers coursework to complement a mentored summer research experience. Medical students gain hands-on experience in an ongoing research project starting with a review of the literature and ending with written and oral presentations of their research at the Student Research Forum. Students will also complete coursework such as Introduction to Clinical Research, Introduction to Epidemiology and Introductory Biostatistics.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://frontiersresearch.org/frontiers/summer-research-training#overlay-context=

 

Washington University School of Medicine TL1 Clinical Research Program

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. This program involves a twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year. A mentor list is provided on the website. The TL1 program is sponsored by an NIH grant and provides you with a stipend during your year of study, tuition remission for coursework, travel funds to attend a national conference, and funds for the research project.

Application submissions open: November 1
Application deadline: February 14
https://crtc.wustl.edu/programs/predoctoral/tl1predoc/

 

Washington University School of Medicine Clinical Research Training Program Summer Program

The summer predoctoral program provides a two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31. It provides training in clinical research design, conduct, analysis, ethics, and writing.

Application submissions open: November 1
Application deadline: February 14
https://crtc.wustl.edu/programs/predoctoral/tl1predoc/

Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship Fellowship

Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship Fellowship

The Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship program provides support for one year of full-time clinical research training. The program gives previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to mentor medical students in research. Medical students can identify a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation principal investigator and then the investigator and student will work together on the application. A list of DDCF researchers can be requested at mrp@ddcf.org

Application Deadline: Jan. 24
http://www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/medical-research/goals-and-strategies/encourage-and-develop-clinical-research-careers/clinical-research-mentorship/

Sarnoff Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Research

Sarnoff Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Research

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. Fellowship awardees will receive a $30,000 stipend and travel funds for moving as well as to present research at conferences.

Application submissions open: August 
Application deadline: January 11
http://www.sarnofffoundation.org/?page=Fellowship_Info

AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

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.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://www.alphaomegaalpha.org/student_research.html

The American Physiological Society is offering the following research fellowship programs (in addition to others)

APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

These fellowships support full-time 1st- through 3rd-year undergraduate students with minimal research experience to work 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established APS investigator and to attend the following year’s Experimental Biology meeting. The program is open to any undergraduate worldwide. Fellows receive $4,000 stipend and up to $1,300 in reimbursement for EB travel; hosts receives $300 unrestricted grant.

Application deadline: February 1 of each year
the-aps.org/ugsrf

 

APS Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowships

These fellowships support full-time 2nd- through 4th-year undergraduate students with significant research experience to work for 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established APS investigator and to attend the following year’s Experimental Biology meeting. The program is open to any undergraduate worldwide. Fellows receive $4,000 stipend and up to $1,300 in reimbursement for EB travel; hosts receives $300 unrestricted grant.

Application deadline: February 1 of each year
the-aps.org/ugref

American Skin Association

Medical student Grants Targeting Melanoma and Skin Cancer

American Skin Association (ASA) invites grant applications from medical students working actively in the areas of melanoma and skin cancer. Applicants must be working actively in areas related to dermatology. Funds may be used for support of a new or ongoing research/clinical investigation project.
There is no age requirement. Awards are for $7000.

Application deadline: October 1

http://www.americanskin.org/research/pdf/medical_student_grants_2016.pdf

American Society of Hematology programs

ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The Society’s Physician-Scientist Career Development Award is a new opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a yearlong laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member. The total amount of the award is $42,000. The award is comprised of $28,000 to support the trainee, a $5,500 research allowance for supplies, $5,500 for insurance and educational expenses (including one course), and $3,000 for meeting attendance. The award is for a one-year period, generally July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Up to five awards will be granted per year.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
http://www.hematology.org/Awards/Medical-Student/400.aspx

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is an eight-week research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Funded since 1977 by the National Cancer Institute, this program grants students the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of MSK faculty. Additional support is provided by MSK’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. Students will receive a stipend of $5,800 for 8 weeks of participation.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
https://www.mskcc.org/hcp-education-training/medical-students/summer-fellowship

KUMC Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Post-Sophmore Fellowship

KUMC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Post-Sophomore Fellowship

Students desiring a very special opportunity to gain clinical and research experience in pathology should consider applying for the Post-Sophomore Fellowship (PSF) open each academic year in the department. One to two students will be selected and will be expected to perform rotations and duties similar to first-year residents in pathology. This will provide the student a unique avenue to expand his or her current knowledge base through hands-on experience in a hospital setting. One-half year of basic science laboratory research with departmental faculty may be available for qualifying students. Students will be provided a stipend.

Application deadline: TBA
http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/pathology/undergraduate-medical-education-programs/post-sophomore-fellowship-(psf).html

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Summer Research Internship Program

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Summer Research Internship Program

The Summer Research Internship Program provides training for undergraduate, graduate and medical students in Health Sciences who wish to learn the rationale, design strategies, methods and other aspects of biomedical research as research assistants. Participants engage in studies under the direct supervision of investigators who are members of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s faculty and staff. In addition to the educational benefits, research assistants are also compensated.

Application deadline: TBA
http://www.chp.edu/research/about/training-program

Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program in Cancer Research

Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program in Cancer Research

The Summer Opportunities Program through the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is designed to provide medical students with a hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research. Participants will work approximately 40 hours per week in the research office or lab of their assigned faculty mentor and will present their project results in a special symposium at the culmination of the program. In addition to completing a research project with a faculty mentor, participants will also engage in a variety of other activities as part of the program, including tours of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facilities and weekly seminars on current areas of research and career building tools. Students will be provided a $6,200 stipend.

Application Deadline: Jan. 31
https://siteman.wustl.edu/research/training-and-educational-opportunities/

MD Anderson Cancer Center Programs

1st Year Medical School Student Summer Program

A 10 week research experience in the summer for students in good academic standing that have completed their first year of medical school. Students are matched with a member of MD Anderson’s distinguished research and clinical faculty. Individual research projects are crafted by faculty mentors and reflect the ongoing research efforts of the institution’s clinics and laboratories. Students receive a $5000 stipend to subsidize housing, meals and travel expenses.

https://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/education-and-training/schools-and-programs/summer-science-programs/first-year-medical-student-program/index.html

Applications accepted from Nov. 30th- Jan 18th

Summer Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention

The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) summer research experience is designed for undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students and provides mentored research experiences in a wide range of behavioral, quantitative, and basic science disciplines relevant to cancer prevention. This 10 week program includes career development and exploration activities. Students may not have other employment during the internship period. This fellowship pays a stipend up to $12.50 per hour, which is determined and funded by the National Cancer Institute R25E grant (R25-CA056452).

https://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/education-and-training/schools-and-programs/research-training/programs-and-courses/cancer-prevention-research-training-program/how-to-apply/summer-undergraduate-short-term-research-experience.html

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research program is a ten week research program for undergraduates interested in a basic science. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in any number of areas of biomedical research. Students will be part of our Summer Experience program, including a lecture series stressing basic, translational and clinical research as it relates to cancer. To qualify for the program, students must have successfully completed their first two years of undergraduate training in science.

https://www.mdanderson.org/education-and-research/education-and-training/schools-and-programs/summer-science-programs/summer-undergraduate-research-program/index.html

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program

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.
The minimum time of the program is 10 weeks starting in May. A weekly stipend will be awarded ($400-480) and group housing will be provided at no cost.
Application deadline: Opens October 1st. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to get materials in by mid-December.
https://www.stjude.org/education-training/predoctoral-training/internships/pediatric-oncology-education-poe-program.html

Underrepresented Medical Student Research Opportunities

Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowship

The Summer Research Fellowship was created through grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Mayo Clinic. This comprehensive training program lasts eight to 10 weeks and prepares underrepresented students for careers in clinical care and patient-oriented research. Students usually participate in the program in the summer between their first and second years of medical school. Students receive a stipend, housing, and travel reimbursement.

Application Deadline: March 1
https://www.mayo.edu/msgme/diversity-programs/summer-research-fellowship

 

Visiting Research Internship Summer Program at Harvard

The VRIP is an 8-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical 1st or 2nd year medical students’ interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational careers. Students participate in mentored research, weekly seminars, career development, and networking. Underrepresented minorities and or/disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply. Contact Danyellé Thorpe, Program Coordinator, at 617.432.1892 or email pfdd_dcp@hms.harvard.edu for an application.

Application Deadline: December 21
https://mfdp.med.harvard.edu/dcp-programs/medicalgraduate/visiting-research-internship-program

 

Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Research Summer Fellowships in Substance Abuse and Addiction

The AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and offers a unique opportunity for minority medical students, or students whose project will focus on minorities, to explore a research career in substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field. The experience includes a stipend for 12 weeks of summer research under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. A stipend and travel support to present research at the AACAP annual meeting is provided.

Application Deadline: March 1
http://www.aacap.org/aacap/awards/

 

HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

This award seeks to fund African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research. The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latino/a medical students with opportunities to conduct independent research while receiving mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development opportunities. Grant recipients will be mentored by HVTN-affiliated investigators while conducting research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral and social science. Projects can be short term (2-4 months, maximum award of $20,000) or long term (9-12 months, maximum award of $60,000).

Application deadline: Deadline for initial contact with mentors is December 7 and application deadline is January 4
http://www.hvtn.org/ramp

 

APS STRIDE Fellowships for Underrepresented Undergraduate Students

The APS STRIDE fellowship provides hands-on summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in exploring biomedical research careers. The program provides exposure to the core National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission areas of cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders research. Fellows receive a $4,000 stipend to work for 10 weeks in the lab of an APS member and up to $1,200 in reimbursement for EB travel; hosts receive $500 unrestricted grant. Accommodations are available for students with disabilities.

Application deadline: February 1 
the-aps.org/stride

 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowship

AAUW awards Selected Professions Fellowships to women of ethnic minority groups (who have been historically underrepresented in medicine) who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields. Students can apply for funding for their 3rd or 4th year of medical school study only. The award amount is for $5,000-$18,000.

Application Deadline: January 10
http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/selected-professions-fellowships/

 

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is your chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor. The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP is designed to introduce minority medical students to hematology and hematology research through the following 8- to 12-week research options: Summer research experience for minority medical students between their first and second year of medical school, to be conducted during the summer break with a laboratory- or clinically-based hematology investigator. Flexible research experience for minority medical students in their first, second, or third year of medical school, to be completed over the course of a year (approximately 320-480 hour commitment). As part of this experience, students collaborate with an ASH member who serves as their research mentor. Program participants are also paired with an ASH member who serves as a career-development mentor throughout the participants’ medical schooling and residency. Participants will receive a stipend and travel allowance to attend the ASH annual meeting.

Application deadline: Feb 1 (requesting a mentor application Dec 15)
http://www.hematology.org/Awards/Medical-Student/383.aspx

 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is an eight-week research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Funded since 1977 by the National Cancer Institute, this program grants students the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research under the mentorship of MSK faculty. Additional support is provided by MSK’s Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training. Students will receive a stipend of $5,800 for 8 weeks of participation.

Application deadline: Check website for detail
https://www.mskcc.org/hcp-education-training/medical-students/summer-fellowship

Medical Student Anesthesia Medical Research Fellowship Program

Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Summer Program

The summer fellowship sponsored by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research 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. A stipend is provided.

Application Deadline: Jan 31
http://faer.org/programs/msarf-summer-program/

 

Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Year-Long Program

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research’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. The student will have full-time research in anesthesiology with an experienced investigator and receive a $32,000 stipend plus funding for housing and travel to a national meeting.

Application Deadline: Check website
http://faer.org/programs/medical-student-anesthesia-research-fellowship/

Hospital for Special Surgery Summer Orthopaedic Research Opportunity

Hospital for Special Surgery Summer Orthopaedic Research Opportunity

This Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship is an 8-week program for medical students who have completed their first year of medical school. The fellowship program is built around a summer research project that is directed by an orthopaedic surgeon or scientist at Hospital for Special Surgery. A  stipend will be provided.

Application Deadline: February 16th
https://www.hss.edu/medical-student-summer-research-fellowship.asp

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The 2017 MSTAR Program is sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institutes on Aging and provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics with the mentorship of top experts in the field. The program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Students participate in 8 to 12 week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics. Research projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research. Students can apply to train at the National Training Center sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Students must select a sponsor/mentor to apply. Stipends will be awarded.

Application Deadline: Jan. 27
http://www.afar.org/research/funding/mstar