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Funding Opportunities for Year Out Research


Year Out Research Opportunities

Underrepresented Minority Student Year Out Research Opportunities

Global Health Year Out Research Opportunities




Keep in mind when using this site:

Current information is listed on the website when available; however, many programs do not disseminate new information until early Fall.  Interested students are encouraged to contact the funding agency directly for more information later in the fall.

Each of these categories includes fellowships which are reviewed at Penn and those that are externally reviewed.  Penn Reviewed indicates that applications will go through an internal review process prior to being submitted to the funding institution.  Read the program summary carefully to determine where your application should be sent.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Combined Degree Office. 

Although summary information is provided below, it is essential that students who do apply for funding carefully review the guidelines provided by the program itself, in order to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria and are fully aware of all requirements.

Note that if you apply for a fellowship that requires an "Official Signing for the Institution," your application will need to go through research services. Plan ahead: this is a two week process, and you will need the help of your mentor's Business Administrator or this office.

In addition to the funding sources listed, some mentors may also have funding available through their laboratory resources.

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Year Out Research Opportunities


American Heart Association Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The Fellowship has been designed to help a student initiate a career in cardiovascular research by providing research assistance and training. Supported research includes that broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, stroke, or to related basic science, clinical, behavioral and public health problems. Eligible participants include medical students seeking research training with a sponsor/mentor prior to embarking on a research career. The Fellowship's duration is one to two years, with a stipend support of $22,000 per year. For more information and to apply, visit:, or call the Great Rivers Affiliate Office at (410) 637-4539.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 13, 2015 (Great Rivers Affiliate - includes PA)


American Otological Society - Fellowship and Medical Student Training Grants

The American Otological Society is committed to the non-promotional advancement of knowledge and science and to a free exchange of medical education in otology and neurotology.Fosters the academic training of students and resident physicians in sciences related to the investigation of any topic related to ear disorders. Appropriate areas of research include diagnosis, management and pathogenesis of these diseases, as well as underlying processes. These can involve anatomical, physiological, biochemical, pharmacological, physical, genetic, environmental, psychological, pathological or audiological investigations. Up to $35,000 stipend plus $5,000 for supplies for up to two years. For more information and to apply, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015


American Society of Hematology - Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

ASH developed the Physician-Scientist Career Development Award to immerse medical students between their 1st and 2nd or 2nd and 3rd years of school in a one-year, full-time research experience in hematology. [We checked; Penn medical students are eligible to apply for a year out between their 3rd and 4th years of school.] Under the mentorship of outstanding faculty, medical student recipients of the ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award will experience in-depth exposure to hematology, thereby enhancing the likelihood that the funded students will ultimately pursue a career in hematology. 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. For more information and to apply, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: September 30, 2014


American Society of Nephrology - Student Scholar Grants

The ASN Student Scholar Grants enable selected medical students with an interest in either basic or clinical research to spend from 10 to 52 weeks engaged in full-time research. The mentor must be an ASN member and must submit a program of study for the applicant. Grants are awarded on the basis of the applicant's ability and promise for a research career as a physician-scientist and the quality of the training that will be provided. An award period can be a summer, semester, academic year, or other 10-52 week period of continuous full-time research.  Compensation includes a stipend, money for the PI's lab to cover expenses, and travel costs to attend the ASN meeting the year following the research program.  For more information and to apply, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadlines: March 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST (for projects starting between 5/1/14 - 10/31/14)
September 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM EST (for projects starting between 11/1/ 2014 - 4/30/15);


Center For Human Appearance Clinical Research Fellowship in Adult Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Penn

The Center for Human Appearance (CHA), a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the study and treatment of appearance-related disorders and quality of life, invites applications from Penn medical students for one 12-month clinical research fellowship in Adult Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The clinical research fellow, under the direction of Dr. Liza Wu, will take a significant role in a number of ongoing research projects and is free to pursue individual research interests within the scope of adult plastic and reconstructive surgery. Traditionally, past research fellows have been 3rd or 4th year medical students with a strong interest in reconstructive surgery and clinical research, and are typically highly productive throughout the year. The UPHS Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers a competitive stipend for the year, as well as travel and lodging expense coverage for research conferences provided the fellow is a presenting author. Application Requirements: CV, letter of recommendation, and personal statement of relevant interests. All application materials should be emailed to Dr. Liza Wu at Applications are accepted beginning in the Fall with a deadline of November 1st.

Penn Reviewed. Fellowship is open to applicants from other medical schools and without regard to specialty career choice or interest.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2015 (Please note: the fellowship position is filled for the 2015-2016 year already.)


Children's Prize - Data for Life Prize

Children's Prize launched a new $100,000 prize called Data for Life. The Data for Life Prize invites applicants to submit a successful but under-recognized life-saving intervention for children under five that deserves more rigorous study. Two winners will receive $50,000 each to fund meticulous, independent, year-long field studies of their chosen intervention. The results can then be used by winners to both improve the effectiveness of the intervention and to convincingly demonstrate the value of their work to potential donors and funding partners. For more information and the application, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: June 18, 2014


Dermatology Department Training Grant at Penn

The Penn Department of Dermatology has a long history of successful research in cutaneous biology and clinical epidemiology. In addition to other funding sources, our NIH T32 Dermatology Training Grant funds 4 post-doctoral, 2 pre-doctoral and 3 short-term pre-doctoral fellows per year. Each Research Fellow works under the direction of a faculty mentor. In addition, each Fellow takes part in Departmental seminars and journal clubs. The University also provides a Research Fellowship infrastructure that includes benefits and special seminars covering multiple areas such as safe laboratory techniques, ethics, grant writing, career opportunities, and others. Our goal is to train Research Fellows to become independent investigators in either academics or industry. For more information and to apply, visit:

Penn Reviewed.
Application deadline: Rolling Basis


Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship Program

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's (DDCF) has created the Clinical Research Mentorship program, which provides previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to foster the next generation of clinical researchers by mentoring a medical student for one year. For information on investigators, see below:

Daniel Rader, MD
- Medicine
Gregory Bisson, MD, MSCE - Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil - Emergency Medicine
Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD - Neurology
Stella Chou, MD - Pediatrics
Matthew Deardorff, MD, PhD - Genetics, Pediatrics, Cell Biology and/or Informatics
Rahul Kohli, MD, PhD - Medicine

A list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by interested medical students is available upon request. Send requests to with “2014 CRM” as the subject line. In your email, please specify that you are writing to request the list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by students. No phone calls please.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the investigator directly. The investigator and student will create an application to submit to DDCF. For more information and application instructions, visit:

Please note: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's domestic component of the Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) program ended in June 2013. The International Clinical Research Fellowship program is continuing at six schools. The Penn DDCRF website provides information on our past program.

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: January 13, 2015 at 3pm EST


Family Medicine Research at Penn - Integrative Oncology Research

Integrative Oncology Research: Dr. Jun Mao's overall research program seeks to inform evidence-based integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve symptom management and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Current active research include: 1) Acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia management in cancer patients and survivors; 2) Understanding CAM and supportive care use by cancer patients; and 3) Genetic determinants of pain in breast cancer survivors. Research opportunities for medical students include 1) Summer research; 2) Scholarly Pursuit (3-6 months); and 3) Year-out research (funded at NIH pre-doctoral level). Medical students will engage in multidisciplinary clinical/translational research by participating in a variety of activities (depending on specific project) including patient recruitment, chart abstraction, instrument and protocol development, and data management/analysis. All students are expected to learn to develop specific aims/hypothesis, use appropriate methods to answer the specific aims, synthesize literature, and write a manuscript. It is expected that student(s) will make sufficient contribution to the research to be either first or co-author of the manuscript(s). For more information, contact Jun J Mao, MD, MSCE at

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application deadline: Rolling Basis


FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women's Medical Student Fellowships for Penn Med Students

FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women in Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), invites applications from Perelman medical students for a Bertha Dagan sponsored FOCUS Fellowship, an opportunity to do full time research in an area of general women's health.  This initiative offers at least 3 Perelman men and women medical students funding for 6 months to work full-time with a faculty mentor conducting clinical or basic science research or participating in a community-based program centered around issues of women's health. Students have the option to work with a faculty member actively engaged in women's health research or to work in a community-based agency providing women's health related services, also under the guidance of a faculty mentor. More information is available at or by contacting Pat Scott at

Check out the powerpoint presentation that Dr. Hillary Bogner, FOCUS Director of Research Programs, gave at the September 22, 2014 Year Out Research Programs Information Session - click here.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline:  May 18, 2015


Foundation for Anesthesia education and research - Year-Long medical student anesthesia research fellowship

FAER’s year-long medical student fellowship is for those who would like to spend a year focusing on anesthesiology research and receive additional training, and who have completed their core clinical rotations but have not yet graduated. Through the program, medical student fellows can expect:

• One year of full-time research in anesthesiology
• A formal mentor-protégé relationship with an experienced investigator
• Training in scientific methods and research techniques
• A $30,000 stipend, plus additional funding to cover relocation, housing, health insurance, travel to a national meeting and other related expenses

For more information, visit:

Externally Reviewed.
Application Deadline:  December 31, 2014


HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students Program (Medical fellows program)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students 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. For the 2015-2016 program year, Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend, a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance and some education-related expenses and a $5,500 research allowance for research-related enrichment activities and some research costs. For more information and to apply, visit:

NEW for 2015 application! The goal of the program is to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists. Previous laboratory research experience is required. Applicants should have one or more substantial basic, translational, or applied biomedical research experiences (e.g., summer or part-time).

Nine Partnership Initiatives with outside funders support additional Fellows doing research in specific areas including:

1) The Duchenne Research Fund partnership will fund up to one research fellowship for a medical student doing research in a field related to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The purpose of the initiative is to foster the development of physician-scientists conducting research in DMD. For students interested in this opportunity, feel free to contact Dr. Hansell Stedman ( His lab has ongoing projects that cover the gamut from bioinformatics/gene discovery to cardiovascular surgery/gene transfer/pathobiology in animal models for genetic cardiomyopathy.

2) The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation has a collaboration with Howard Hughes Medical Institute toward the future of the specialty with its funding of one medical student conducting preclinical research in interventional radiology. For students interested in Interventional Radiology at Penn, feel free to contact Dr. Michael Soulen ( for further information.

3) The Foundation Fighting Blindness has partnered with HHMI to support research in inherited retinal degenerative disease research. For students interested in Ophthalmology at Penn, feel free to contact Dr. Joshua Dunaief (,, for further information.

4) In 2015-2016, the HHMI is partnering with the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) to provide funding for a medical student conducting a year of laboratory-based gastroenterology or hepatology research in the year-long HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program. For students interested in this area, feel free to contact Dr. Anil Rustgi ( for further information.

5) Epilepsy research (Partner: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)

6) Orthopaedic research (Partner: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation)

7) Parkinson's disease research (Partner: Parkinson's Disease Foundation)

8) The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia Farm,offers students with an interest in neuronal networking and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, a world-class research center in Ashburn, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 3, 2014 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements. For further information, visit:

9) In 2015-2016, the HHMI is offering an international research opportunity (see below under "Global Health Year Out Research Opportunities").

All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Celeste Simon (, HHMI investigator at Penn and former member of the fellowship review panel. She is an excellent source of advice on mentorship selection and the application process.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST


NIDDK Medical Student Research training Program (MSRT) at Penn

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides 9 - 12 month fellowships to two medical students to conduct basic science and translational research at Penn in diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases, hematology, renal disease, gastroenterology, or urology. Medical students (from US institutions) in good standing who have completed at least one year of medical school and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. The stipend is over $22,000 for a full year.  In addition, $4,200 for research support and health insurance will be allowed. In addition possible funds for travel to scientific meetings may be available. It is expected that mentors will be selected from those already participating in these training programs. There is a two-part application process: 1) selection of the top 2-4 candidates by Penn's NIDDK MSRT advisory committee and 2) final decision on funding by NIDDK. Up to 4 students from Penn may be supported. No more than 2 students may be supported by the same training program area . All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Anil Rustgi ( Completed applications are due to the Combined Degree Office, Jordan Medical Education Center, 6th floor.  For more information on potential mentors and the application process, including specific grant areas, click here.

Check out the powerpoint presentation that Dr. Anil Rustgi presented at the September 24, 2014 Year Out Research Programs Information Session - click here.

Penn Reviewed
Pre-Application Deadline: March 16, 2015


NIEHS Fellowships in environmental Medicine for medical Students

The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students is a one-year program designed to provide medical students with a laboratory, epidemiological, or clinical research experience related to environmental health issues under the direction of a principal investigator at the NEIHS. Most projects will take place at NIEHS central campus at Research Triangle Park, NC. Some NIEHS investigators are located at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Fellows are provided with an annual stipend. For more information, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 30, 2015


NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, osteopathic, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals.  This program blends the elements of two former, highly successful programs—the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholars Program [disclaimer] and the NIH Clinical Research Training Program. For a select group of students, an additional year of support may be available to allow a continuation of ongoing studies where this is judged to be in the best interests of the student and the mentor. Housing is provided in addition to a stipend of $34,050. For more information and to apply, visit:

Check out the powerpoint presentation that Dr. Skip Brass presented at the September 24, 2014 Year Out Research Programs Information Session - click here.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2015 (extended from Jan 15)


NYU Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellowships

The NYU Langone Medical Center Division of Orthopaedic Surgery offers four different research opportunities for medical students to conduct a year out of research at NYU Langone Medical Center:

For more information, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis


Orthopaedics Medical Student Clinical Research Award at CHOP

The CHOP Benjamin Fox Orthopaedic Medical Student Research Award promotes the advance of musculoskeletal care of children by giving extraordinary medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopaedic research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  While there are several funded year-out programs for medical school students to conduct research, this award is unique because it is specifically designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. The funded year-long experience will be supervised by Dr. John M. Flynn. Students are eligible to apply for this award if they are currently completing their 2nd or 3rd year of medical school (preference will be given to 3rd year students). Additionally, the student must be in good academic standing and must have an interest in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. The recipient of this award will receive a $20,000 stipend for one year. For more information and to apply, visit: Also, here is the application and brochure.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: February 15, 2015


Orthopaedic Year-out Research Fellowship at RUSH

Dr. Craig Della Valle invites third-year medical students to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. The research fellow works directly under Dr. Della Valle. He or she will function as a research coordinator for any new or ongoing projects. This involves leading his or her own studies as well as functioning as a co-investigator on collaborative ventures with residents, fellows, and attendings here at Rush and at other sites. The chosen applicant typically begins the summer after third-year rotations are completed and works for one calendar year. The position is salaried. For more information, click here. Interested individuals should contact the current research coordinator, Darren Plummer at 312-432-2468 or

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: Rolling Basis (thru mid-March)


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA)- Paul Calabresi Medical Student Research Fellowship

The fellowship is offered to medical or dental students who have substantial interests in research and teaching careers in pharmacology - clinical pharmacology and who are willing to spend full-time in a specific research effort within a pharmacology or clinical pharmacology unit. Fellowships are available for a minimum period of six months or any period of time up to 24 months with a maximum stipend of $18,000. The commitment must be full-time. The student may undertake this investigative effort at their own school or at another institution.  For more information, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015


Radiation ONcology Fellowship at Penn

The Department of Radiation Oncology is offering one fellowship to an interested medical student. The student will work independently with minimal supervision serving as a clinical trial research coordinator, as well as a research associate for prospective and retrospective clinical studies. In addition, the student will conduct an independent research project under the mentorship of a Radiation Oncologist. For more information, view the fellowship description. If you have any questions, contact Kaysee Baker (

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016


Research to Prevent Blindness - Medical STudent Fellowship

RPB Medical Student Fellowships allow gifted students to take a year off from medical school and devote time to the pursuit of a research project within an RPB grantee department. The fellowship, which must take place prior to the third or fourth year of medical school, will be funded for one year with a $30,000 grant, a portion of which should be utilized to help finance the recipient's eye research activities. It is neither intended that the program become a vehicle to assure the candidate a residency, nor that it be used simply to provide technical assistance. Both the candidate and the training program proposed are evaluated in the review process. Since outcomes are not announced until almost six months after submission, the applicant should be aware of the risk of rejection. For more information, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10 and June 1, annually


Special Study Experience in Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine for Perelman Med Students

The Special Study Experience in Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine provides Perelman medical students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine (clinical pathology) in a working fellowship which includes research and independent study. The structure of the fellowship year is somewhat flexible to permit the student to tailor the program to his or her interests. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed the basic medicine and surgery clinical rotations. The student-fellow will earn $27,000 which may be taken as a monthly stipend during the fellowship year or may be issued at the end of the year as a fellowship award to be applied towards the following year's medical school tuition. In addition, the program covers student fees and health insurance, and provides for travel to a national meeting if the student will be presenting his or her research. In the Anatomic Pathology Special Study Experience, the student-fellow spends at least three months on the autopsy service and three months on the surgical pathology service. Responsibilities are similar to those of a first year resident. Additionally, three months of the fellowship are devoted to the investigation of a problem in disease etiology and diagnosis under staff guidance. The Special Expanded Study Experience in Laboratory Medicine is spent in one to three of the major laboratories (Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Blood Bank, Tissue Typing Immunology, or Microbiology) within the Division of Laboratory Medicine. Usually, the student-fellows rotate through two of these service areas and then spend six months in intensive research and study in a third area. Each student-fellow meets with the Advisory Committee to arrange a program that is most consistent with his/her specialized interests and goals. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Cindy McGrath, M.D ( For more information, visit:

Check out the powerpoint presentation that Anders Meyer (prior Fellow) provided for the September 22, 2014 Year Out Research Programs Information Session - click here.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round but are preferred before January 1st for anticipated start date in June or July of the same year.


Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research

The Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research affords medical students, who have completed their second or third year, the opportunity to spend a full twelve month period in an area of research related to cardiovascular disease at an institution other than their home institution. Up to 20 fellowships are awarded each year, nationally. Fellows receive a stipend of $30,000 and additional research-related funds.  All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Jon Epstein ( who functions as the advisor for our student(s), and in this role, works to identify an optimal research project and monitor progress. All fellows are expected to make a presentation of their research at the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting . For more information and to apply, visit:

Check out the powerpoint presentation that Dr. Skip Brass gave on behalf of Dr. Jon Epstein at the September 22, 2014 Year Out Research Programs Information Session - click here.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 7, 2015



Underrepresented Minority Student Year Out Research Opportunities

HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is now accepting applications for 2012 Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants to attract new minds and new ideas to the field. Grant recipients will work under the mentorship of HVTN-affiliated investigators to conduct short-term research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral and social science. Scholars can apply for one of two RAMP tracks:

Track One: Summer program or 4th year research elective
* 8-16 week research project mentored by an HVTN Investigator
* Travel to an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US or abroad
* Maximum award of $20,000

Track Two: Year-long program
* Research at an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
* Can be timed with a planned masters or doctoral program, or be a distinct, non-degree associated research-focused year
* Maximum award of $60,000

The complete Request for Applications can be found at

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 28, 2015


NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research for underrepresented minority students

African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students are eligible. This program allows faculty members who hold specific, commonly held types of NIH research grants to request additional money to fund an underrepresented minority student for a research experience that is an integral part of the parent grant. The application will include a research plan (not to exceed 6 pages), information about your mentor, info about you, and some additional materials. Detailed information is available on the NIH website. We’ve provided some of the key links here, but you shouldn’t feel like you need to digest and decipher all the info on your own. Your mentor and your mentor’s Business Administrator (BA) will be familiar with NIH forms and language, and will help guide the process. In most cases, the BA will be able to set-up the application in PennERA, help draft components such as the budget, and submit the final application to NIH. Here are some items to consider:

1. You/mentor/BA can view the list of Activity Codes under "Part 1. Overview Information" ( to check if your mentor's NIH parent grant is eligible.
2. Applications vary depending on the NIH Division the student applies to. You/mentor/BA are strongly encouraged to contact the NIH institute staff (of the relevant parent grant) prior to submission to obtain specific information about eligibility and preparing and submitting an application (see Table of IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts), including the deadline.
3. The proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent grant, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate.
4. If applicable, your application will need to include documentation that the proposed research experience was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the grantee institution.
5. Contact the Registrar's Office (Yvonne Young) for an official transcript.
6. Funds may be requested for short term or long term projects.

See the information on the NIH website for complete details,, or drop by the Combined Degree Office.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Depends on the NIH Institute's guidelines

Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) - CDC

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD) sponsors several six month to a year fellowship programs, which contain a research component, for underrepresented minority students in the area of public health. Check out the different opportunities listed on there website at:

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline:  Varies



Global Health Year Out Research Opportunities

American australian Association

The American Australian Association will award up to four fellowships to Americans doing research at the graduate level.  Applicants must conduct a well-defined research project in medicine, life sciences, engineering, or mining.  There will be particular interest in the fields of stem cell research and oceanography/marine sciences.  Each Fellowship award is up to $25,000, which will support part of the costs of one year of research in Australia and includes flight allowances between the U.S. and Australia.  For more information and to apply, visit: and scroll down the page to the relevant information. 

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: October 15 annually


Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowships

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's (DDCF) International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries. ICRF is administered through six U.S. medical schools (Duke, Harvard, UCSF, U of Minnesota, UNC, Yale) with established programs in global health research. Each school is responsible for overseeing the selection of applicants and providing the mentored research experience. For more information and to apply, visit: Also, check out their Program PPT.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: January 13, 2015


FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL - Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars

The Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early stage investigators from the U.S. and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as defined by the World Bank, to enhance their global health research expertise and their careers. See Support Center websites for application deadlines, eligibility, program areas and additional information. For more information and to apply, visit:

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: December 1, 2014


HHMI Medical Research Fellowships Program - K-Rith Fellowships

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 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. Fellows will receive a stipend of $29,000, and allowances totaling an additional $11,000. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit: Students must submit a prescreening application by November 3, 2014 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.

Externally Reviewed
Pre-screening Application deadline: November 3, 2014

In addition, The Center for Global Health has a website, which lists funding opportunities for year out global health research experiences. For more information, visit: or check out the powerpoint presentation from The Center for Global Health - click here.