This page serves as a resource for discovering supplemental funding grants and award opportunities offered to medical students conducting research either at UNC or at an outside institution. Supplemental funding grants and awards are not usually driven by research project duration, but rather by the funding source's interest in the research they are supporting. The listings below give a brief award description listed in alphabetical order by Agency. When you find an award that you may be eligible to receive, 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 supplemental funding and award opportunities available to medical students conducting research. Please email the Office of Medical Student Research with any additional supplemental funding awards that should be listed on this page.
Agency: American College of Rheumatology
Title: Medical and Graduate Student Achievement Award
Program Description: The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding medical and graduate students for significant work in the field of rheumatology and provide the opportunity to attend the American College of Rheumatology's Annual Scientific Meeting.
Award: $750 cash award plus hotel and travel expenses
Agency: American Medical Association
Title: Seed Grant Research Program
Program Description: Supplemental funding to help medical students, residents, and fellows conduct small projects. These funds are meant to round out budgets rather than sustain current initiatives and cannot be used for salary or stipend. Funds are granted for research conducted in the following areas: Arthritis/Rheumatism, Cardiovascular/ Pulmonary Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Leukemia, Neoplastic Diseases, and Neurological Disorders.
Award: Grants range between $1,500 - $2,500
Agency: American Medical Association Foundation
Title: National Student Research Forum
Program Description: This national scientific forum is assembled, planned and managed by students, for presentation of research by medical students, graduate students, interns, and residents in the biomedical sciences. The Forum provides an opportunity for young health-scientists to recieve critical analysis and recognition of their research efforts from established scientists.
Award: Cash awards range in amount and are given for essays, posters, and presentations
Agency: American Medical Women's Association
Title: Caroll L. Birch Research Award
Program Description: Award given to a national AMWA medical student member for best original research paper (may have been previously published).
Agency: American Medical Women's Association
Title: Glasgow-Rubin Essay Award
Program Description: Award given to a national AMWA medical student member for best essay written about a personal relationship with a woman physician mentor.
Agency: American Osler Society
Title: William B. Bean Student Research Award
Program Description: The Osler Society is able to award medical students monetary support for research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanism.
Agency: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
Title: Student Research Fellowship Award
Program Description: Up to 16 Student Research Fellowship Awards per year at $2,500 each are available for undergraduate, medical or graduate students (not yet engaged in thesis research) in accredited North American institutions to conduct full-time research with a mentor investigating a subject relevant to IBD.
Award: must conduct research minimum of 10 weeks/ $2,500
Agency: Gerber Foundation
Title: Gerber Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition
Program Description: Supplemental support for a minority medical student or resident conducting research in the area of pediatric nutrition.
Agency: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
Title: IAMSE Conference Scholarship
Program Description: This scholarship is to be awarded to 2 students and consists of payment of registration for the annual meeting as well as 2 nights stay at a hotel selected by IAMSE. Please go to website for further requirements.
Award: Award dependent on annual meeting fees and hotel/meal cost.
Agency: UNC Medical Alumni Association
Title: John B. Graham Student Research Society Medical Student Travel Awards
Program Description: This award was established to support UNC medical students who are invited to present research at regional, national, or international scientific meetings.
Agency: Myasthenia Gravis Foundation
Title: Henry R. Viets Fellowships
Program Description: These fellowships are awarded annually to current medical students interested in the scientific basis of Myasthenia Gravis (MG) or related neuromuscular conditions, serving both to further scientific inquiries into the nature of these disorders and to encourage more research.
Agency: National Osteoporosis Foundation
Title: Student Fellowship Grant
Program Description: The National Osteoporosis Foundation will fund 5 medical students to conduct summer research that is devoted to basic or clinical work on osteoporosis. Students must work under the supervision of an established investigator.
Agency: New York Academy of Medicine
Title: Student Essay Prize in the History of Medicine and Public Health
Program Description: Essay contest is open to students enrolled in accredited professional degree programs in medicine, nursing, and public health. Essays should address a topic in the history of public health or medicine as they relate to urban health issues; they may consider social or environmental factors in the health of urban populations, institutional histories, or specific diseases.
Agency: Institute on Aging
Title: Salber-Phillips Award
Program Description: This award honors Drs. Eva J. Salber and Harry Phillips and their commitment to the health of all people, especially those in rural or underserved communities. The Salber-Phillips Award recognizes UNC-CH medical students who carry out the ideals of Drs. Salber and Phillips through community-oriented projects that improve the health or well-being of elderly people.
Contact: Elizabeth Thomas
Agency: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
Title: Student Research Grants
Program Description: Each year the SSSS awards grants to students who are doing human sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program and a member (student) of SSSS.
Agency: Wilderness Medical Society
Title: Charles S. Houston Grant
Program Description: A grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to a medical student who submits a research project most likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine.
Award: up to $5,000