Short-Term Research Opportunities

This page is a resource for discovering research training opportunities available outside of the Carolina Medical Student Research Program. Some programs offer students grants to conduct their research at the institution of their choice, including here at UNC. Other programs offer stipends for students to come specifically to their training facilities to conduct research. The listings below give a brief program description in alphabetical order by Agency. When you find a program that interests you, please go to that program's website to learn more about their application deadlines and procedures.

The Office of Medical Student Research is always looking for opportunities that suit each student's interests and availability. Please email the Office of Medical Student Research with any additional research training opportunities that should be listed on this page.


 

Agency: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Title: MSKCC Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program
Program Description: The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is accepting applications beginning the week of December 14, 2009.  For more information please visit the program website: www.mskcc.org/summerfellowships.

This eight-week research program is offered to medical students who have a career interest as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.  Supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), MSKCC Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training, and MSKCC Brain Tumor Center , the summer fellowship program offers students who have completed their first or second year of medical school the opportunity to conduct basic laboratory or clinical research mentored by MSKCC faculty. Students in the program will:

  • Gain clinical or laboratory research experience mentored by MSKCC faculty
  • Interact with MSKCC physicians, PhD investigators, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students
  • Attend a weekly education lecture series presented by world-renowned MSKCC faculty
  • Attend additional institutional lectures, departmental conferences and lab meetings
  • Present their summer research to fellowship peers and MSKCC faculty during the final week of the program
  • Receive a $5500 stipend

The 2013 Summer Fellowship Program online application and project list will be available on December 17, 2012, at 12:00 noon EST. All applications and supplemental materials must be received by January 14, 2013, at 12:00 noon EST. All applicants will be notified of a decision via e-mail between February 27 and March 15, 2013.


Agency: The Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS)
Title: Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools
Program Description: The Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) is now recruiting for all of our summer 2009 government-based internships and fellowships. Applications are now being accepted for the following programs: HSHPS/CDC Student Internship and Fellowship Program, HSHPS/NIOSH Student Internship and Fellowship Program, and the HSHPS/NCHS Student Internship Program. The application deadline for the government-based programs is February 20, 2009 (received by). Application deadlines for our Border Health and Disease Specific programs will be announced soon. To access the application, which also includes applicant requirements, visit www.hshps.org. For more information, please contact Arlenin Dushkuat at 202-293-2701 (ext 103) or email adushku@hshps.org.

Agency: Alpha Omega Alpha
Title: Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowships
Program Description: Summer Fellowships support one student from each school that has an active Alpha Omega Alpha chapter. The student is supported for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/ health services research.
Project Location: UNC
Duration/ Stipend: summer / $4,000
Website: http://www.alphaomegaalpha.org


Agency: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Title: Summer Fellowship Medical Student Grant
Program Description: Summer fellowship grants provide stipends to medical students who wish to pursue research projects over the summer. Eligibility is limited to full-time medical students residing in the U.S. or Canada who have successfully completed one year of medical school.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer / $2,000
Website: http://www.aaaai.org

 

Agency: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Title: Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Clinical Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Program Description: The clinical training experience must provide for significant contact between the student and the mentor. The plan should include program-planning discussions, instruction in treatment planning and implementation, regular meetings with the mentor and other treatment providers, and assigned readings. Clinical assignments may include responsibility for part of the observation or evaluation, conducting interviews or tests, use of rating scales, and psychological or cognitive testing of patients. The training plan also should include discussion of ethical issues in treatment.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 12 weeks/ $3,000
Website: http://www.aacap.org/cs/awards


Agency: American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Title: Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc. Minority Summer Fellow Program
Program Description: This grant is made to promote and enhance the interest of minority graduate students and residents in careers in psychoparmacology and the neurosciences.
Project Location: This project will be completed in the laboratory of the Immediate Past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, or another research lab as designated by the Immediate Past President.
Duration/Stipend: 6-8 weeks in the summer/ up to $15,000 for lab supplies, room and board, and travel
Website: http://www.acnp.or


Agency: American College of Rheumatology
Title: Abbott Medical Student Clinical Preceptorship
Program Description: This program is designed to introduce students who are between first and second year of medical school to the specialty of Rheumatology by supporting a full-time clinical experience.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 4 or 8 weeks/ $1,500 per 4 week block plus $1,000 in travel funds to attend the ACR Annual Scientific Meeting
Website: http://www.rheumatology.org

 

Agency: The American Federation for Aging Research
The MSTAR Program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Students may train at a National Training Center supported by the National Institute on Aging or, for a limited number of medical schools, at their own institution.
For more information and to view the application, please visit the AFAR website at www.afar.org/medstu.html.
American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
55 West 39th Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10018
tel: (212) 703-9977
fax: (212) 997-0330
e-mail: grants@afar.org
www.afar.org
www.infoaging.org

 

Agency: American Foundation for Urologic Disease
Title: Summer Medical Student Fellowship
Program Description: This is an introductory research fellowship to attract medical students to work in urologic research laboratories during the summer. An accredited medical research institution/department must sponsor the candidate by guaranteeing adequate support, including responsibility for the adequacy of the environment for research and development.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer
Website: http://www.healthline.com/channel/urinary-incontinence.html


Agency: American Gastroenterological Association / Foundation for Digestive Health & Nutrition
Title: AGA Student Research Fellowship Award
Program Description: This program offers support for students to spend time performing research in the areas of digestive diseases or nutrition. Up to 20 students are funded each year and 7 of these slots are saved for underrepresented minorities.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: minimum of 10 weeks/ $2,000 - $3,000
Website: http://www.fdhn.org



Agency: American Heart Association
Title: Student Scholarships in Cerebrovascular Disease
Program Description: This program is offered to stimulate interest, knowledge and investigative work related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences early during  pre-doctoral training.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: minimum 2 months/ $2,000 plus $750 in travel fees to attend the International Stroke Conference
Website: http://www.americanheart.org


Agency: American Parkinson Disease Association
Title: Medical Student Summer Fellowship
Program Description: Summer Fellowships of $4000 will be awarded to medical students to perform active supervised laboratory clinical research on Parkinsons Disease, its nature, manifestation, etiology and treatment.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer/ $4,000
Website: http://www.apdaparkinson.org


Agency: American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research
Title: Student Research Program
Program Description: This program is offered to encourage gifted medical students to consider careers in research related to pediatrics. This program is specifically designed for students seeking a research opportunity at an institution other than at their own medical school.
Project Location: Any institution other than your own medical school that is listed in their directory of participating programs. They have nearly 300 laboratories and research experiences available for students to choose from.
Duration/Stipend: 8-10 weeks/ up to $4,270
Website: http://www.aps-spr.org


Agency: Betty Ford Center
Title: Summer Institute for Medical Students
Program Description: This unique program is open to all medical students. Student recipients may be selected to participate in either the inpatient or family treatment program for 5 days at the Betty Ford Center.
Project Location: Rancho Mirage, California
Duration/Stipend: 5 days (year-round) / no stipend
Website: http://www.bettyfordcenter.org and choose "training"


Agency: Charlotte Mecklenburg Health Services Foundation
Title: Trauma/ Critical Care Summer Research Internship
Program Description: Fellowships are offered to medical students who have completed one year of medical school and are interested in pursuing research projects within our Trauma Surgery/ Critical Care Center.
Project Location: Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Duration/Stipend: 8-10 weeks
Center Website: www.carolinashealthcare.org
Contact: Dr. Britt Christmas (704) 355-5470


Agency: Charlotte Mecklenburg Health Services Foundation
Title: LaparoSummer Internship Opportunity
Program Description: Fellowships are offered to medical students who have completed one year of medical school and are interested in pursuing research projects focused on minimally invasive procedures, either basic science or clinical.
Project Location: Carolinas Medical Center, Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program, Charlotte, NC
Duration/Stipend: 12 weeks / $4,000
Center Website: http://www.carolinas.org
Contact: Judy Quesenberry at (704) 355-4823


Agency: Center for Disease Control
Title: O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health
Program Description: This program provides an opportunity for third and fourth year medical students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Fellows spend four to six weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff.
Project Location: Students can choose from ongoing projects in Kenya, Republic of Congo, Thailand and Peru
Duration/Stipend: 4-6 weeks / $3,000
Website: http://www.cdcfoundation.org

Agency: Children's Hospital LA
Title: USC Summer Oncology Fellowship Program
Program Description: Work at the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Participating students will be expected to attend a lecture series on aspects of pediatric oncology at CHLA designed specifically for them.
Project Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration/Stipend: 6-10 weeks/ $225 per week
Website: http://www.chla-sof.nant.org/

 

Agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Title: Student Traineeship
Program Description: Student traineeships are offered to introduce students to research related to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Applicants must be students in or about to enter a doctoral program. Each applicant must work with a faculty sponsor on a research project related to CF.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 10 weeks/ $1,500
Website: http://www.cff.org


Agency: Endocrine Society
Title: Summer Research Fellowships
Program Description: Medical students are given a stipend to participate in research projects under the guidance of an Endocrine Society mentor.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 10-12 weeks/ $4,000
Website: http://www.endo-society.org


Agency: Epilepsy Foundation
Title: Health Sciences Student Fellowship
Program Description: Three-month projects are funded in order to encourage career interests in epilepsy research.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 3 months/ $3,000
Website: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org


Agency: Grass Foundation
Title: Grass Fellowships in Neuroscience
Program Description: This program provides a first opportunity for neuroscientists during late stages of predoctoral training or during postdoctoral years to conduct independent research for scientific discovery on their own at the Marine Biological Laboratory each summer.
Project Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Duration/Stipend: 14 weeks
Website: http://www.grassfoundation.org


Agency: Himalayan Health Exchange
Title: Student Program
Program Description: This program's mission is to provide medical and dental care to the underserved people living in remote regions of the Indian and Nepal Himalayas and to uplift two orphanages located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Project Location: Indian and Nepal Himalayas
Duration/Stipend: 2-3 weeks/ contact program directly for more information
Program Contact: info@himalayanhealth.com
Website: http://www.himalayanhealth.com

Agency: Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions
Title: Scaife Foundation Advanced Medical Student Clerkship
Program Description: This program offers students hands-on training in Addiction Services.
Project Location: Pittsburgh, PA at the Institute for Research Education and Training in Addictions
Duration/Stipend: 3 weeks, summer/ $650 plus meals and boarding
Website: http://www.ireta.org


Agency: International Alliance in Service and Education Programs
Title: International Experiential Learning Program
Program Description: This program's focus is on health and education in the area of primary care, public health community-based research projects, mental and chronic disease management, nutrition, tropical and infectious diseases, and topics and services that are relevant and identified by the local community.
Project Location: South Africa & Mexico
Duration/Stipend: 4-8 weeks/ contact program directly for more information.
Website: http://www.iaseco.org

Agency: Johns Hopkins University
Title: Center for Talented Youth
Program Description: Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth provides academically talented young students aged 8-16 the opportunity to take rigorous summer courses in mathematics, science, computer science, humanities and writing. We are recruiting medical students for the position of health assistant. The health assistant is reponsible for maintaining the medical records of all of the students at the site, escorting children to clinics and emergency rooms as needed, and helping to administer prescribed medications and basic first aid to the students.
Project Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Duration/Stipend: 3 weeks/ $1,940-$2,940 dependent on education and experience
Website: http://www.cty.jhu.edu/summer/employment.html


Agency: Lupus Foundation of America
Title: Gina Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship
Program Description: To foster an interest in systemic lupus erythematosus in the areas of basic, clinical or psychosocial research under the supervision of an established investigator.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer/ $2,000
Website: http://www.lupus.org


Agency: National Institute of Health
Title: Summer Research Fellowship Program
Program Description: This program is designed to provide training in research procedures and principles of independent investigation.
Program Location: Bethesda, MD
Duration/Stipend: 8-12 weeks/ $2,200
Website: http://www.training.nih.gov/student/srfp/index.asp


Agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Title: Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences
Program Description: Unique opportunity to get hands-on experience working with leading scientists in the Institute's Division of Intramural Research.
Program Location: Bethesda, MD
Duration/Stipend: 10-12 weeks/ $2,000 per month
Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov


Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Title: Summer Training on Aging Research Topics - Mental Health
Program Description: This program gives selected students an opportunity to gain research experience and work closely with established mentors/investigators in the field of aging and mental health research.
Program Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 10 weeks/ $6,250
Website: http://startmh.ucsd.edu


Agency: New England Institute of Jewish Studies
Title: Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program
Program Description: This program is offered to Jewish medical students and consists of a 4 week course on Jewish medical ethics combined with seminars on Jewish thought and tours of Israel.
Project Location: Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Duration/Stipend: 4 weeks/ $2,400
Website: http://www.neijs.org


Agency: New York Academy of Medicine
Title: David E. Rogers Fellowship Program
Program Description: National fellowship for medical and dental students in support of a project initiated during the summer between first and second years of school. Projects should serve the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations.
Project Location: Special consideration is given to projects conducted in New York City
Duration/Stipend: 8 weeks/ $3,462
Website: http://www.nyam.org


Agency: Oak Ridge Insitute for Science & Education
Title: Student Research Participation at the National Center for Toxicology Research
Program Description: This program is for opportunities to participate in research on biological effects of potentially toxic chemicals and solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.
Project Location: Jefferson, Arkansas
Duration/Stipend: 2-12 months/ $500 per week plus $75 per week housing allowance
Website: http://www.orau.org


Agency: Oregon Health & Science University
Title: Summer Research at the Oregon Hearing Center
Program Description: The Department of Otolaryngology/ Head & Neck Surgery, and the Oregon Hearing Center, is offering summer research fellowships to medical students. Students will work with a faculty member on a ENT-related project already in progress.
Project Location: Portland, Oregon
Duration/Stipend: 2-3 months/ $1,371 per month
Website: http://www.ohsu.edu


Agency: Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Title: Fellowship Training Program
Program Description: This fellowship supports medical students to study Parkinson's Disease and related disorders under the supervision of an established investigator.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 10 weeks
Website: http://www.pdf.org


Agency: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Title: Summer Oncology Research Program
Program Description: This program is designed for medical and dental students to engage in clinical and/or basic science research in oncology.
Project Location: Buffalo, New York
Duration/Stipend: 8 weeks/ $2,240
Website: http://www.roswellpark.org


Agency: Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Title: Summer Student Fellowship Program
Program Description: This award is intended for dental and medical students interested in conducting Sjogren's related research under the guidance of a mentor.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer/$2,000
Website: http://www.sjogrens.com


Agency: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Title: Medical Student Research Grant
Program Description: This grant is co-sponsored by the Emergency Medical Foundation. The purpose is to encourage research in emergency medicine. The funded medical student must have a qualified research mentor and a specific research project proposal.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 3 months/ $2,400
Website: http://www.saem.org


Agency: Society for Gynecologic Investigation
Title: Medical Student Stipends for Research in Gynecology
Program Description: The Society for Gynecologic Investigation is committed to expanding interest in research in reproductive biology. To this end, five (5) awards of $2,000 each will be made for research related to reproductive biology to be carried out by medical students.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: summer/ $2,000
Website: http://www.sgionline.org


Agency: Special Olympics
Title: Health Professions Student Grant Program
Program Description: The purpose is to promote short-term projects with a focus on the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes programs and Special Olympics athletes, as well as the health and well-being of all persons with intellectual disabilities. Projects may include: data collection and analysis on issues impacting persons with intellectual disabilities; measurement of attitudes, opinions and behaviors of health professionals, coaches, family/caregivers and athletes; follow-up assessments of existing programs; or health promotion projects. Projects that involve collaborations with Special Olympics Programs or other CDC grant recipients (e.g., state and local health departments) are encouraged.
Project Location: UNC or outside accredited institution
Duration/Stipend: 8 weeks - 12 months/ $3,500
Website: http://www.specialolympics.org


Agency: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Title: Pediatric Oncology Education Program
Program Description: The Pediatric Oncology Education Program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, allied health, and veterinary medicine to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The program provides short-term training experiences in either laboratory research or clinical research. Trainees will attend a core lecture series as well as weekly conferences.
Project Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Duration/Stipend: 9-12 weeks/ $8.00/hr
Website: http://www.stjude.org


Agency: Strong Children's Research Center
Title: Summer Training Program
Program Description: The Strong Children's Research Center supports basic and clinical research directed to the cause, prevention, and treatment of the diseases of infants, children, and adolescents, as well as studies of developmental biology, child and adolescent development, the delivery of health services, and interventions designed to improve the outcomes of clinical pediatric practice. Student trainees will participate in research and clinical seminars, and will associate with each other as well as trainees enrolled in similar programs in the Medical Center.
Project Location: Rochester, New York
Duration/Stipend: 10 weeks/ $3,000
Website: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/scrc/sumprogs.htm


Agency: University of Arizona
Title: Summer Course on International Health
Program Description: University of Arizona School of Medicine offers a multidisciplinary, case-based, problem-solving course that prepares medical students and primary care residents for health care experiences in developing countries.
Project Location: Tuscon, Arizona
Duration/Stipend: 2 weeks in July
Website: http://www.globalhealth.arizona.edu


Agency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Title: Belize Wilderness & Tropical Medicine Rotation
Program Description: These unique rotation experiences combines didactic teaching and guided independent study with actual field training in wilderness and tropical medicine; wilderness, cave, and river rescue; and related disciplines.
Project Location: Belize, Central America
Duration/Stipend: contact program director for more information
Program Contact: Dr. Keith Brown, drkeithbrown@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.unmc.edu/isp/studyabroad/belizeintroandoverview.htm

Agency: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Title: Summer Research Program for Medical Students
Program Description: The purpose of this program is to provide participants with first hand biomedical research experience in the basic and clinical sciences. This program is a 9-week course running from the end of May through the beginning of July.
Project Location: Houston, Texas
Duration/Stipend: 9 weeks/ $2,500
Website: http://www.mdanderson.org


Agency: University of Utah: School of Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependencies
Title: Medical Student Scholarship for Training
Program Description: Scholarship assistance is available to attend the 54th Annual Session of the
University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, Physicians Section.
Project Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Duration/Stipend: Full tuition, up to six nights dormitory housing, and up to $350 travel allowance.
Website: http://www.uuhsc.med.utah/uas/


Agency: Vanderbilt Diabetes Center
Title: Medical Student Summer Research Training Program in Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
Program Description: This program is funded by the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases. It allows for medical students to conduct independent research under the direction of an established scientist during the summer.
Project Location: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Duration/Stipend: 12 weeks/ $4,700
Website: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu