Undergraduate Fellowship Program at CVI

The American Heart Association Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Penn CVI allows undergraduates, including those who are underrepresented in medicine or from smaller institutions without extensive research programs, to gain exposure to state-of-the-art cardiovascular research.  The types of research include, but are not limited to: cardiovascular molecular and cellular biology; physiology; vascular biology; genetics; metabolism; clinical research; and implementation science.  This immersive 10-week program offers students hands-on experience in laboratories with faculty mentors who are members of CVI.  In addition, undergraduate interns will have the opportunity to participate in seminar series, networking, and an end-of-summer symposium.  This internship is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing advanced biomedical degrees to have a research-focused experience in cardiovascular science.  Download our program flyer!

Summer Program Dates

Th fellowship program will run from Monday, June 3, 2024 through Friday, August 9, 2024.  Participants must commit to the program for its duration.  Participants can expect to engage in lab and program activities for approximately 40 hours per week. 


  • Student applicants must be enrolled at a 4-year college or university.  Students may also complete the fellowship immediately following graduation.
  • Students must be able to attend the full, 10-week program. 
  • At the time of application, the student must be a United States citizen, or foreign national holding a student, exchange, or permanent resident visa, including an F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, or TN. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status requires additional AHA approval to apply.
  • Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those who are underrepresented in medicine, from disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation students, and students with disabilities. 


Students will receive a $6,000 stipend, as well as funds to travel to a scientific meeting.  At this time we are not able to provide housing as part of the summer fellowship package.  Students may elect to live on-campus or in off-campus apartments.



We have ended the application period for Summer 2024.  The application deadline was Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 5pm Eastern.  If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Emily Romick, Program Coordinator.  We anticipate notifying applicants of their status in mid-March.

Overview of Fellowship

AHA Summer Fellowship Alumni

If you have any questions about the program or submitting an application, please contact Emily Romick, Program Coordinator.