Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Research & Fellowship Opportunities for
Penn Med Students

Year Out Research Opportunities

Research Location

Opportunity Type

American Heart Association (AHA) - Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The Fellowship objective is to provide predoctoral students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research. The science focus is all basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information and to apply, visit: AHA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: August 14, 2019
(Award Activation: January 1, 2020 — An awardee may request a delayed start date of up to six months to accommodate professional obligations, such as ongoing fellowships, pending visa approvals, or to complete an academic semester.)


American Otological Society (AOS) - 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. Research supported by the Fellowship grant can relate to any aspects of the ear, hearing and balance disorders. For more information and to apply, visit: AOS website.

Externally Reviewed
Letter of Intent Deadline: November 1, 2019; Application Deadline: January 31, 2020


American Society of Hematology (ASH) - Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award provides an opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a year-long laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member. For more information and to apply, visit the ASH website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020


Biomedical Leadership Fellowship sponsored by HealthX and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) at Penn

The CDCN is looking for an entrepreneurial medical student to take a year-out between MS3 and MS4 to serve as the 2020-2021 Biomedical Leadership Fellow (BLF)/”Chief of Staff” to help translate promising research into life-saving therapeutics. The Fellowship winner will work directly with Penn Med Assistant Professor and alum, Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, on all aspects of their leadership, project management, and translational work. They will work with expert researchers and physicians, pharmaceutical companies, foundations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Castleman disease patients and volunteers who all share a common goal of better understanding and curing Castleman disease. The BLF will likely publish one or more papers that help to uncover insights into Castleman disease, immunology, and oncology as well as investigate ways to improve rare disease/biomedical research on a systems-level. The skills gained from this fellowship are highly transferable to any career choice or field of specialty. Total stipend for one year: $32,000. Start date: Flexible—Start date anytime between January 2020-September 2020. For more info and to apply, visit the  CDCN Fellowship website. Please contact Dr. David Fajgenbaum to express your interest and ask any questions.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.

Application Deadline: Rolling basis, until September 2020; early applications strongly preferred.


Center For Emergency Care Policy Research Fellowship at Penn

The Penn Center for Emergency Care Policy Research (CECPR) and the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health invite applications from Penn medical students for one 12 month health services/health policy research fellowship. The research fellow, will split his or her time with Raina Merchant MD MSHP (Director, Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health) and Zachary Meisel MD MPH MSHP (Director, Center for Emergency Care Policy Research) on projects related to the delivery of health care (including cost, value, access, safety and quality) and applications for digital health – with a focus on urgent/emergency care. Past research fellows have been between their 3rd and 4th year of medical school and have been highly productive throughout their fellowship, authoring multiple abstracts and peer reviewed publications. CECPR and the Center for Digital Health offer a competitive stipend for the year as well as travel and lodging expense coverage for research conferences provided the fellow is a presenting author. For questions and to apply, send application materials (CV and personal statement) to Dr. Zachary Meisel and Dr. Raina Merchant.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted at the beginning of the autumn with a rolling acceptance process.


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. John Fischer, 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. There are two positions available. 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. John Fischer and CC Kris Gallagher. Applications are accepted beginning in the summer with a deadline of October 1.

Penn Reviewed. Fellowship is open to applicants from other medical schools and without regard to specialty career choice or interest.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2019


Center for Precision Medicine Research Fellowship at Penn

The Penn Center for Precision Medicine is offering a paid research fellowship for a Penn medical student. The student will spend time in a research lab (or with a clinical trial) doing work in precision medicine. Leadership of the Center will work with the successful applicant to design a research experience. The student will also attend weekly working meetings, meet with Dr. David Roth or other leadership regularly, and attend any events (like the Symposium) they have during the student’s stay. For more information, contact Dr. David Roth.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020


Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Penn

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship is a one-year, project-oriented fellowship dedicated to clinical informatics (which includes EMR, mobile health, telemedicine and data science). The fellow will have one to two focus projects and participate in a range of informatics meetings with health system staff and leaders. It is expected that the fellow will produce some scholarly work-product such as a presentation at a national meeting, manuscript, etc. For more information, contact Dr. Bill Hanson CMIO.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Rolling basis


Dermatology Department (Dr. Victoria Werth)

Dr. Victoria Werth, Professor of Dermatology, specializes in autoimmune skin diseases such as Lupus, Dermatomyositis, and Pemphigus. Every year, she provides an opportunity for a medical student to work with her on a year out research project. She also provides some funding. For more information, contact Victoria Werth, MD.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling basis


Dermatology Department Training Grant at Penn

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania has a long history of successful research in cutaneous biology and, more recently, in clinical epidemiology. Our goal is to train Research Fellows to become independent investigators in either academics or industry. For more information and to apply, visit the Dermatology Fellowship website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling basis until slots filled (deadline: February 1, 2019)


Dermatology Oncology Center at Penn (PennDOC) - Clinical Research Fellowship

The Division of Dermatologic Surgery in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for two to three clinical research fellows.  Eligible applicants would be taking a clinical research year between their third and fourth-year of medical school at an accredited medical school in the United States.  Each research fellowship is for a term of 12 months and typically start on July 1, 2020. The research fellows will focus on clinical studies related to cutaneous oncology, reconstructive surgery, appearance-related science, and patient reported outcomes. For more information, check out the Program Announcement. For questions, contact Dr. Joseph Sobanko and Dr. Jeremy Etzkorn.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020


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

The FOCUS Medical Student Fellowship in Women's Health offers Penn medical students funding for six months to work full time with a faculty mentor conducting clinical or basic science research or to work in a community-based program centered around issues of women's health. For more information, visit the FOCUS website or contact Susan Primavera.

Check out the FOCUS presentation that Dr. Hillary Bogner, FOCUS Director of Research Programs, gave at the October 21, 2019 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline:  May 13, 2019


GAPSA - Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation

The GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation is a program jointly funded by GAPSA and the Office of the Provost for the expressed purpose of fostering an interdisciplinary graduate and professional environment at the University of Pennsylvania. This highly competitive fellowship strives to promote original, student-derived initiatives that integrate knowledge across diverse academic disciplines. The fellowship is also meant to help the project-leader(s) develop, pursue and complete their proposed interdisciplinary initiatives. There are two types of Fellowships: Academic Year and Summer Fellows. For more info and to apply, visit: GAPSA website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: November 4, 2019


Janelia Research Campus Graduate Research Fellowship

The Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Application System is open for applications to the Janelia Graduate Research Fellows Program. The opportunity enables students at U.S. medical schools to participate in a yearlong mentored, basic biomedical research training experience at the Janelia Research Campus, located just outside Washington, D.C. Note: "The fellowship could begin as early as January 1 2020 and could be delayed as much as a year. We are very flexible on start dates." — Eric Snapp) For more info, visit: Janelia Graduate Research Fellows Program.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2020


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. Jonathan Katz. 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, please take a look at the Program Guidelines.

Check out the NIDDK MSRT presentation that Dr. Skip Brass presented at the October 21, 2019 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Penn Reviewed
Pre-Application Deadline: March 15, 2020


NIEHS Medical Student Research Fellowship

The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Medical Student Research Fellowship 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 NIEHS. 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. For more information, visit the NIEHS Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Letter of Interest and Resume Deadline: January 31, 2020


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, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. For more information and to apply, visit the NIH MRSP website.

Check out the NIH MRSP presentation that Dr. Skip Brass presented at the October 21, 2019 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST


Ortho - CHOP Orthopaedics Medical Student Clinical Research Award

The Benjamin Fox Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award promotes clinical research by giving extraordinary U.S. medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopaedic research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For more information and to apply, visit the Ben Fox Award website.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019


Ortho - Columbia University Pedi Ortho Surgery Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University, offer an exciting opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. This pre-doctoral research fellowship between the 3rd and 4th years offers training in clinical research and direct collaboration with faculty members both invaluable in securing future career goals. Our productive and internationally known team has repeatedly helped students obtain skills that have significantly contributed to orthopaedic success. A stipend will be provided for this position. Please send your required materials to Afrain Boby. Feel free to also contact her for any further details and questions. For more information, check out the Program Announcement.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Priority consideration — December 2, 2019; Second deadline — January 27, 2020


Ortho - Harvard MGH Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction

Dr. Scott D. Martin is currently inviting third-year medical students (MS3) to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a Harvard teaching hospital. The selected Research Fellow will be the 7th matriculate to go through this program, one of the longest running research fellowships in the country. For more info and to apply, check out the Program Announcement and the Orthogate listing.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 6, 2020 (priority consideration);  February 24, 2020 (will be available for those who could not apply for priority consideration, but the position is not guaranteed to still be available on February 24th)


Ortho - Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellow

The Johns Hopkins Poggi Research Fellowship is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research, and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. For more information and to apply, visit the Poggi Fellowship website. If you have any questions, please contact the current Poggi Fellows. Also, check out the Poggi Research Fellowship PPT.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020


Ortho - 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 the NYU Research Opportunities website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis


Ortho - RUSH Orthopaedic Year-out Research Fellowship

Dr. Craig Della Valle and Dr. Denis Nam are seeking 3rd-year medical students to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. This annual fellowship is awarded to a rising fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated interest in orthopedics and is a competitive future candidate for a residency in orthopedic surgery. This invaluable opportunity allows for a student to work closely with residents, fellows and other faculty at Rush. For more information, visit Orthogate listing.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis (thru March 20, 2020)


Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthogate

For a full list of the current year out research fellowships in Orthopaedic Surgery, visit Orthogate — look under "News" then "Jobs".

Application Deadline: Varies depending on program.


Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Research Fellowship at Penn

The program is a year-long fellowship for Penn medical students interested in taking a dedicated year out for research (typically following their 3rd year of medical school). The research will be within the Lee lab (https://www.robleelab.com/) and co-mentored by Drs. Robert Lee, Karthik Rajasekaran, and Ryan Carey. Projects will be focused on improving our understanding of head and neck cancer pathophysiology and alterations in the host immune system with cancer. Techniques will include live cell imaging of human head and neck cancer cell signaling, growth, and metabolism, as well as alterations of gene expression in normal vs cancer cells. In addition to the basic science and translational projects in the lab, students will have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of clinical research projects, all of which are conducive to obtaining peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international meetings. Students will also have the opportunity to shadow faculty in the operating room and clinic throughout the year.

Applicants are required to submit their CV and a brief ~300 word essay on their interest in the year out experience. Ideally, candidates should have some basic science experience; however, more importantly, they should be motivated, hard-working, and eager to learn. One research fellow will be chosen per year. Fellowship recipients will receive a $5,000 stipend and all lab resources will be fully funded. This fellowship award can be combined with other grants.

Applicants should send inquiries, their CV, and essay to Ryan Carey, MD at ryan.carey@uphs.upenn.edu.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis


Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) - 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. For more information, visit the RPB website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10 (nomination form due: Dec 15) and July 1 (nomination form due: June 15), annually


Special Study Experience in Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine for Penn 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. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Cindy McGrath, MD. For more information, visit the Pathology Fellowship website.

Check out the Pathology Fellowship presentation that Dr. Cindy McGrath provided for the October 21, 2019 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

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. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact our primary contact, Dr. Megan Burke (former Sarnoff Fellow), who can provide guidance on the process and application. Additionally, Dr. Sharlene Day (immediate past chair of the Sarnoff Scientific Committee) is available to provide guidance. For more information and to apply, visit the Sarnoff website.

Check out the Sarnoff presentation that Dr. Megan Burke gave at the October 21, 2019 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 9, 2020


The University of Texas, Austin - Value-based Care Research Fellowship

The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is offering an exciting research opportunity for medical students: a 1-year value-based care research fellowship award focused on value-based care delivery models, patient-reported outcomes, and shared decision-making research. Eligible students can apply by sending a letter of interest and CV to Lauren Uhler. For more information, visit the Dell Medical School website. Also, check out the Alumna blog post.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 4, 2019


UC Irvine - Leadership and Innovation Fellowship in Urology

The Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology at UC Irvine 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). For more information and to apply, please visit the LIFT Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020


Washington U - TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. The One-Year (Intensive) Predoctoral Program: (May enroll in additional coursework to complete MSCI degree) includes a twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 (or can start July 1) and continuing through May 31 the following year. For more information, visit: Wash U TL1 website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 20, 2020


Washington U Otolaryngology T32 Mentored Research Training Program

The Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has a one-year mentored research training opportunity for medical students. Our T32 Predoctoral Training Program offers medical students a 12-month mentored research experience with opportunities to participate in research on many levels and learn from successful program faculty conducting cutting-edge clinically relevant basic, clinical and translational research in the auditory, vestibular, olfactory, and communication sciences. In addition, tuition is available for students who wish to take courses in clinical investigation and obtain a master’s degree. For more information and to apply, visit: Washington U website

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 20, 2020