Medical Research Fellows Program
YEAR-LONG PROGRAM AT AN ACADEMIC OR NONPROFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTION
Research and Mentors
AREAS OF RESEARCH
You have the freedom to select a basic, translational or applied biomedical research project from an array of research fields and laboratories. Your project should provide you with a scientifically rigorous, high-quality research training experience doing hypothesis-driven research.
You have the flexibility to choose your own mentor at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States (excluding the National Institutes of Health), or you can choose to work with an investigator at your home institution. You can even conduct basic research on TB or HIV with selected mentors at K-RITH in Durban, South Africa, or undertake research at another institution abroad as long as your proposed mentor is affiliated with a U.S. fellowship institution (on faculty).
You are encouraged to work with an HHMI investigator or early career scientist, but are not required to do so.
About HHMI investigators
If you are interested in basic research on TB or HIV at K-RITH in Durban, South Africa in the laboratory of William R. Bishai, M.D., Ph.D. or Alexander Pym, M.D., Ph.D., email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Previous research experience and a strong interest in infectious disease are required.
If you are interested in a preclinical interventional radiology project, view the list of some potential mentors here.
Your choice in mentors can significantly affect the outcome of your application. It is important that your mentor has
- experience in the research techniques involved,
- external grant support from the NIH or other major agencies and the ability to support your project during the entire fellowship term,
- strong publications in the area of research you are investigating,
- a solid training track record, and
- the time and interest to train you.
Each mentor is limited to two Medical Fellow applicants in the annual competition.
You can have a co-mentor if your research plan crosses area of expertise, or if your primary mentor is more junior and a senior co-mentor would strengthen the research training experience.