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Eligibility, Financial Support and Application Process


  • Students must be in their first or second year and in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the United States.
  • 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 be able to conduct full-time research for at least eight consecutive weeks (10 weeks preferred).
  • Students cannot have already received an HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program award, or an award from any year-long research training program.
  • Students may not be enrolled in regular coursework or clinical rotations during the fellowship.
  • Students may not concurrently receive funding from another source for summer research.
  • If the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, he or she must provide evidence of eligibility to participate in this program by the award acceptance deadline.
  • Previous laboratory research experience is required. Applicants should have one or more substantial research experiences (e.g., summer or part-time).

Financial Support

  • Payment of $5,000 for 10 weeks ($500/week for less than 10 weeks) of full-time research
  • Roundtrip relocation allowance of up to $1,000 if fellowship is not at the student's school

Application Process

  • All application materials are submitted online. These include:
    • Applicant’s components (including brief research proposal)
    • Mentor’s components
    • Dean’s confirmation

For further information on application requirements, see the Summer Med Fellows Program Information PDF.