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Medical Research Fellows Program
Medical, dental, and veterinary students are in a unique position to advance biomedical research and translate findings from the lab into the treatment of disease. The HHMI Medical Fellows Program gives these students a chance to focus on a research project full-time and determine how they can incorporate research into their professional careers.

Established in 1989, the Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,400 students have participated in the program, which allows students to choose their own mentor; develop a basic, translational, or applied research project; and conduct full-time research for one full year.

HHMI offers two options for medical, dental, and veterinary students to engage in research training:

“The HHMI medical student research fellowship was a deciding experience in my path to a laboratory-based physician-scientist career. It was truly a life-altering year. I am now an independent investigator with a research program focused on integrating chemical genomic, genetic, and proteomic approaches to discover new protein targets and lead compounds for cancer therapy.”

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
HHMI Medical Fellow, 1994
HHMI Physician-Scientist Early Career Awardee, 2006


Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the United States.

U.S. citizenship is not required, but students must be eligible to work with an appropriate visa.

Students cannot be enrolled in a combined medical, dental, or veterinary/PhD program (e.g., MD/PhD) or PhD, or ScD program, or have a PhD or ScD in a laboratory-based biological science.

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Program Dates

August 26, 2013
Online application opens

January 11, 2014
2 p.m. ET

Application Deadline

March 14, 2014
Award Notification

March 21, 2014
Acceptance Deadline

Summer 2014
Fellowship begins

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