Eligibility, Financial Support, and Application Process


  • 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.
  • Previous wet-laboratory research experience is required. Applicants should have one or more substantial research experiences (e.g., summer or part-time).

Financial Support

  • Stipend of $32,000
  • Research allowance of $5,500 for research-related enrichment activities (Med Fellows regional events, HHMI investigator meetings, scientific conferences), research-related books
  • Fellow’s allowance of $5,500 for health, dental, and vision insurance; education-related expenses; and moving expenses (up to $1,500 roundtrip if research is at an institution other than the student’s school)
  • Students funded by one of our partnership initiatives will receive the same level of support and have the same privileges as other Fellows.

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
  • All application materials are submitted online. These include:
    • Applicant’s components (including research proposal)
    • Mentor’s components (and co-mentor, if applicable)
    • Dean’s confirmation
    • Two reference letters
  • The application process for students interested in the areas of research supported by our funding partners is the same. Students apply via the HHMI Competition System and designate their interest in a partner-sponsored fellowship slot within the Medical Fellows Program application.

For further information on application requirements, see the Program Information and Application Tips PDFs.

"One of the highlights of my fellowship was presenting my work at the American Society of Hematology conference and getting to meet and learn from top researchers in the field. I'm very grateful to HHMI for giving me the opportunity to be immersed in research for a year, and I would strongly recommend the program to any medical student considering a research career."

Arinola Awomolo
HHMI Medical Fellow