Eligibility, Financial Support, and Application Process


  • Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the United States.
  • US citizenship 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.
  • Students must have a strong record of research accomplishment and commitment.

Financial Support

Medical Fellows at Janelia

  • Annual compensation of $30,000
  • Medical and dental insurance; vision insurance optional
  • Furnished on-campus housing at Janelia (includes one parking space, utilities, cable TV, internet access, fitness center, dining facilities and other on-site amenities)
  • Round-trip moving expense reimbursement up to $1,500 (for personal belongings, not furniture)
  • Research allowance of $5,500 for research-related enrichment activities (Med Fellows regional events, HHMI investigator meetings, scientific conferences), research-related books, and courses

Medical Fellows at K-RITH

  • Annual stipend of $30,000
  • Allowance of $11,000 for medical, dental, and vision insurance, evacuation insurance, roundtrip travel to Durban, South Africa, and to the Medical Fellows' Scientific Meeting.
  • Services of a relocation specialist upon arrival in South Africa.

Loan Deferment

  • If students have not matriculated at their school during their research year, HHMI can complete education-related loan deferment forms for them.

Application Process

  • Apply online at: www.hhmi.org/competitions
  • There is a two-step application process with an earlier deadline for the initial prescreening application.
  • Selected Janelia candidates will be interviewed at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. K-RITH candidates will be interviewed via Skype.
  • Candidates progressing past interview stage will complete remainder of Medical Fellows application with Janelia or K-RITH mentor.
  • All application materials are submitted online. These include:
    • Prescreening application:
      • Applicant’s components
      • Two reference letters
    • Remainder of application:
      • Remaining applicant’s components (including research proposal)
      • Mentor’s components (and co-mentor, if applicable)
      • Dean’s confirmation

For further information on application requirements, see the Year-Long Med Fellows at Janelia Information document, or the Med Fellows at K-RITH Information document.

Note: Applicants may not concurrently have two Medical Research Fellows applications in the HHMI Competition System (e.g., a Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia or at K-RITH application and a standard Medical Research Fellows Program application). However, applicants may apply to the standard Medical Research Fellows Program, with a mentor at another fellowship institution, if they receive notification that their Janelia or K-RITH application is not progressing to the next stage of the competition.


Medical, dental, or veterinary students at schools located in the United States.

Program Dates

November 3, 2014
Prescreening application deadline

Late November/early December
Interviews for selected candidates

December 12, 2014
Interviewees notified of outcome

January 12, 2015
2 p.m. ET

Application deadline

March 13, 2015
Award notification

March 20, 2015
1 p.m. ET

Award acceptance deadline

Summer 2015
Fellowship begins between May 1 and September 1