Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Research & Fellowship Opportunities for
Penn Med Students

Year Out Research Opportunities

Research Location

Opportunity Type

American Heart Association (AHA) - Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The Fellowship objective is to provide predoctoral students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research. The science focus is all basic, clinical, and population research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information and to apply, visit: AHA website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017


American Otological Society (AOS) - Fellowship and Medical Student Training Grants

The American Otological Society is committed to the non-promotional advancement of knowledge and science and to a free exchange of medical education in otology and neurotology. Research supported by the Fellowship grant can relate to any aspects of the ear, hearing and balance disorders. For more information and to apply, visit: AOS website.

Externally Reviewed
Letter of Intent Deadline: November 1, 2017; Application Deadline: January 31, 2018


American Society of Hematology (ASH) - Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award provides an opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a year-long laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member. For more information and to apply, visit the ASH website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018


Biomedical Leadership Fellowship sponsored by HealthX and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) at Penn

The CDCN is a Penn-based, international initiative dedicated to accelerating research to cure Castleman disease and create a blueprint for curing other rare diseases. The CDCN is currently funding 'omics' studies around the world. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial MS3 to take a year out between MS3 and MS4 to serve as the 2017-2018 Biomedical Leadership Fellow/"Chief of Staff" to help translate promising research into life-saving therapeutics. You will work directly with Penn Med Assistant Professor and alum Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, on all aspects of your leadership, project management, and translational work, and you will likely publish multiple papers that help to uncover insights into Castleman disease, immunology, and oncology as well as investigate ways to improve rare disease/biomedical research on a systems-level. You will also work with expert researchers and physicians, pharmaceutical companies, Castleman disease patients and a group of very dedicated volunteers who all share a common goal of better understanding and curing Castleman disease. The skills gained from this fellowship are highly transferable to any career choice or field of specialty. Total stipend for one year: $32,000. For more info and to apply, visit the CDCN Fellowship website. Please contact Dr. David Fajgenbaum to express your interest and ask any questions you may have.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline: Rolling basis (until March 15, 2018)


Center For Emergency Care Policy Research Fellowship at Penn

The Penn Center for Emergency Care Policy Research (CECPR) and the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health invite applications from Penn medical students for one 12 month health services/health policy research fellowship. The research fellow, will split his or her time with Raina Merchant MD MSHP (Director, Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health) and Zachary Meisel MD MPH MSHP (Director, Center for Emergency Care Policy Research) on projects related to the delivery of health care (including cost, value, access, safety and quality) and applications for digital health – with a focus on urgent/emergency care. Past research fellows have been between their 3rd and 4th year of medical school and have been highly productive throughout their fellowship, authoring multiple abstracts and peer reviewed publications. CECPR and the Center for Digital Health offer a competitive stipend for the year as well as travel and lodging expense coverage for research conferences provided the fellow is a presenting author. For questions and to apply, send application materials (CV and personal statement) to Dr. Zachary Meisel and Dr. Raina Merchant.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted at the beginning of the autumn with a rolling acceptance process.


Center For Human Appearance - Clinical Research Fellowship in Adult Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Penn

The Center for Human Appearance (CHA), a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the study and treatment of appearance-related disorders and quality of life, invites applications from Penn medical students for one 12-month clinical research fellowship in Adult Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The clinical research fellow, under the direction of Dr. John Fischer, will take a significant role in a number of ongoing research projects and is free to pursue individual research interests within the scope of adult plastic and reconstructive surgery. Traditionally, past research fellows have been 3rd or 4th year medical students with a strong interest in reconstructive surgery and clinical research, and are typically highly productive throughout the year. There are two positions available. The UPHS Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers a competitive stipend for the year, as well as travel and lodging expense coverage for research conferences provided the fellow is a presenting author. Application Requirements: CV, letter of recommendation, and personal statement of relevant interests. All application materials should be emailed to Dr. John Fischer and CC Kris Gallagher. Applications are accepted beginning in the summer with a deadline of October 1.

Penn Reviewed. Fellowship is open to applicants from other medical schools and without regard to specialty career choice or interest.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018


Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Penn

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship is a one-year, project-oriented fellowship dedicated to clinical informatics (which includes EMR, mobile health, telemedicine and data science). The fellow will have one to two focus projects and participate in a range of informatics meetings with health system staff and leaders. It is expected that the fellow will produce some scholarly work-product such as a presentation at a national meeting, manuscript, etc. For more information, contact Dr. Bill Hanson CMIO.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply
Application Deadline: Rolling basis


Community Scholars-In Residence Program (CSIR) in Cancer Prevention and Control at Penn

Through the Community Scholars-In Residence Program in Cancer Prevention and Control at Penn, scholars will develop relationships with a community research partner of their choosing, identify research opportunities, and co-develop research projects during a one to two-year tenure with a community partner organization. For more information, check out the Program Flyer and Program Application.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: May 30, 2017


Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Clinical Research Fellowship at Penn

The Division of Dermatologic Surgery at Penn seeks a third or fourth-year medical student at an accredited allopathic medical school in the United States for 12 months beginning June 2017. The research fellow will focus on clinical studies related to cutaneous oncology, reconstructive surgery, appearance-related science, and patient reported outcomes. For more information, check out the Prospectus. For questions, contact Dr. Joseph Sobanko.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: March 24, 2017


Dermatology Department Training Grant at Penn

The Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania has a long history of successful research in cutaneous biology and, more recently, in clinical epidemiology. Our goal is to train Research Fellows to become independent investigators in either academics or industry. For more information and to apply, visit the Dermatology Fellowship website.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: Rolling basis until slots filled (usually filled by March 1)


Doris Duke Clinical Research Mentorship Program

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's (DDCF) has created the Clinical Research Mentorship program, which provides previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to foster the next generation of clinical researchers by mentoring a medical student for one year. For information on investigators, see below:

AT PENN
Daniel Rader, MD - Medicine
Gregory Bisson, MD, MSCE - Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil - Emergency Medicine
Alice Chen-Plotkin, MD - Neurology
Stella Chou, MD - Pediatrics
Matthew Deardorff, MD, PhD - Genetics, Pediatrics, Cell Biology and/or Informatics
Rahul Kohli, MD, PhD - Medicine
Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD - Psychiatry

AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS
A list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by interested medical students is available upon request. Send requests to mrp@ddcf.org with “2017 CRM” as the subject line. In your email, please specify that you are writing to request the list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by students. No phone calls please.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the investigator directly. The investigator and student will create an application to submit to DDCF. For more information and application instructions, visit the DDCRF Program website.

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: January 24, 2017 at 3 pm EST


FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women's Medical Student Fellowships for Penn Med Students

The FOCUS Medical Student Fellowship in Women's Health offers Penn medical students funding for six months to work full time with a faculty mentor conducting clinical or basic science research or to work in a community-based program centered around issues of women's health. For more information, visit the FOCUS website or contact Patricia Scott.

Check out the FOCUS presentation that Dr. Hillary Bogner, FOCUS Director of Research Programs, gave at the October 26, 2017 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Penn Reviewed. Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply.
Application Deadline:  May 15, 2017


Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) - Year-Long Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship

FAER’s year-long medical student fellowship is for those who would like to spend a year focusing on anesthesiology research and receive additional training, and who have completed their core clinical rotations but have not yet graduated. For more information, visit the FAER website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline:  program for 2017-2018 has been suspended


HHMI - Medical Research Fellows Program

The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program. For more information and to apply, visit the HHMI Med Fellows website.

Important! The goal of the program is to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists. Previous laboratory research experience is required. Applicants should have one or more substantial basic, translational, or applied biomedical research experiences (e.g., summer or part-time).

Nine Partnership Initiatives with outside funders support additional Fellows doing research in specific areas including:

1) Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

2) American Society of Human Genetics (mentor must be ASHG member)

3) Foundation Fighting Blindness - to support research in inherited retinal degenerative disease research. For students interested in Ophthalmology at Penn, feel free to contact Dr. Joshua Dunaief for further information.

4) Duchenne Research Fund - the purpose of the initiative is to foster the development of physician-scientists conducting research in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). For students interested in this opportunity, feel free to contact Dr. Hansell Stedman. His lab has ongoing projects that cover the gamut from bioinformatics/gene discovery to cardiovascular surgery/gene transfer/pathobiology in animal models for genetic cardiomyopathy.

5) Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

6) Parkinson's Disease Foundation

7) Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation (mentor must be SIR member) - funding one medical student conducting preclinical research in interventional radiology. For students interested in Interventional Radiology at Penn, feel free to contact Dr. Michael Soulen for further information.

8) The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia Farm offers students with an interest in neuronal networking and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, a world-class research center in Ashburn, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 1, 2016 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements. For further information, visit the Janelia website.

9) The HHMI is offering an international research opportunity (see Global Health Research Opportunities).

All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Celeste Simon, HHMI investigator at Penn and former member of the fellowship review panel. She is an excellent source of advice on mentorship selection and the application process. Check out the HHMI Med Fellows presentation that Dr. Celeste Simon presented at the October 26, 2017 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST


NIDCD - Administrative Research Supplements to Promote Emergence of Clinician-Scientists in Chemosensory Research

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) announces the availability of one-year administrative research supplements to currently-active NIDCD-supported R01 and R21 awards for medical students to gain research experience in basic, translational, or patient-oriented research in the chemical senses. The NIDCD accepts and reviews applications on a continuous basis until September 1 of each fiscal year. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least 6 weeks prior to the requested start date. For more information, visit the NIDCD website.

Internally Reviewed
Application Deadline: September 1, 2017 (Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six weeks prior to the requested start date.)


NIDDK - Medical Student Research Training Program (MSRT) at Penn

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) provides 9 - 12 month fellowships to two medical students to conduct basic science and translational research at Penn in diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases, hematology, renal disease, gastroenterology, or urology. Medical students (from US institutions) in good standing who have completed at least one year of medical school and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. The stipend is over $22,000 for a full year.  In addition, $4,200 for research support and health insurance will be allowed. In addition possible funds for travel to scientific meetings may be available. It is expected that mentors will be selected from those already participating in these training programs. There is a two-part application process: 1) selection of the top 2-4 candidates by Penn's NIDDK MSRT advisory committee and 2) final decision on funding by NIDDK. Up to 4 students from Penn may be supported. No more than 2 students may be supported by the same training program area. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Anil Rustgi. Completed applications are due to the Combined Degree Office, Jordan Medical Education Center, 6th floor.  For more information on potential mentors and the application process, including specific grant areas, please take a look at the Program Guidelines.

Check out the NIDDK MSRT presentation that Dr. Skip Brass presented at the October 26, 2017 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Penn Reviewed
Pre-Application Deadline: March 15, 2018


NIEHS - Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students

The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students is a one-year program designed to provide medical students with a laboratory, epidemiological, or clinical research experience related to environmental health issues under the direction of a principal investigator at the NEIHS. Most projects will take place at NIEHS central campus at Research Triangle Park, NC. Some NIEHS investigators are located at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. For more information, visit the NIEHS Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018


NIH - Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. For more information and to apply, visit the NIH MRSP website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 12, 2018


Ortho - CHOP Orthopaedics Medical Student Clinical Research Award

The Benjamin Fox Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award promotes clinical research by giving extraordinary U.S. medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopaedic research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For more information and to apply, visit the Ben Fox Award website.

Penn Reviewed
Application deadline: February 10, 2018


Ortho - Columbia University Pedi Ortho Surgery Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center at Columbia University, offer an exciting opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. This pre-doctoral research fellowship between the 3rd and 4th years offers training in clinical research and direct collaboration with faculty members both invaluable in securing future career goals. Our productive and internationally known team has repeatedly helped students obtain skills that have significantly contributed to orthopaedic success. A stipend will be provided for this position. Please send your required materials to Fay Callejo. Feel free to also contact her for any further details and questions. For more information, check out the Program Announcement.

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: priority consideration — December 6, 2017; second deadline — February 1, 2018


Ortho - Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellow

The Johns Hopkins Poggi Research Fellowship is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research, and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. For more information and to apply, visit the Poggi Fellowship website. If you have any questions, please contact the current Poggi Fellows. Also, check out the Poggi Research Fellowship PPT.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 9, 2018


Ortho - NYU Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellowships

The NYU Langone Medical Center Division of Orthopaedic Surgery offers four different research opportunities for medical students to conduct a year out of research at NYU Langone Medical Center:

For more information, visit the NYU Research Opportunities website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: Rolling Basis


Ortho - RUSH Orthopaedic Year-out Research Fellowship

Dr. Craig Della Valle invites third-year medical students to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at Rush University Medical Center. The research fellow works directly under Dr. Della Valle. He or she will function as a research coordinator for any new or ongoing projects. This involves leading his or her own studies as well as functioning as a co-investigator on collaborative ventures with residents, fellows, and attendings here at Rush and at other sites. The chosen applicant typically begins the summer after third-year rotations are completed and works for one calendar year. The position is salaried. For more information, contact the current research coordinator at 312-432-2468 or dellavalle.research@rushortho.com.

Dr. Brett Levine, a hip and knee arthroplasty surgeon is looking for a rising 4th year medical student for a 1 year research fellowship at Rush University in the Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction Department. Research projects include both clinical and some basic science research topics. The position also provides the opportunity to be mentored in a clinical setting; to learn and hone clinical exam skills; to observe and partake in surgeries; and to attend weekly lectures and conferences with Rush orthopaedic residents, fellows and faculty. This research position is unique in that the fellows interact with a world-renowned joint surgeon on a daily basis. The nature of the position makes excellent organizational and communication skills paramount. Applicants are selected based on research experience and medical school performance. The chosen applicant typically begins the summer after third-year rotations are completed or graduation and works for one calendar year. The position is salaried. If you are interested, contact Jefferson Li at levine.research@rushortho.com. A past Penn Fellow said, "Dr. Levine is a fun guy to work for and treats you like a partner, so I think it is a unique opportunity."

Externally Reviewed
Application deadline: Rolling Basis (thru mid-March for Della Valle; thru April for Levine)


Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthogate

For a full list of the current year out research fellowships in Orthopaedic Surgery, visit Orthogate — look under "News" then "Jobs".

Application deadline: Varies depending on program.


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation (PhRMA) - Paul Calabresi Medical Student Research Fellowship

The fellowship is offered to medical or dental students who have substantial interests in research and teaching careers in pharmacology/clinical pharmacology to pursue a specific research effort within a pharmacology or clinical pharmacology unit. For more information, visit the PhRma website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018 (Health Outcomes)


Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) - Medical Student Fellowship

RPB Medical Student Fellowships allow gifted students to take a year off from medical school and devote time to the pursuit of a research project within an RPB grantee department. For more information, visit the RPB website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10 and July 1, annually


Special Study Experience in Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine for Penn Med Students

The Special Study Experience in Anatomic Pathology or Laboratory Medicine provides Perelman medical students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of anatomic pathology or laboratory medicine (clinical pathology) in a working fellowship which includes research and independent study. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Cindy McGrath, MD. For more information, visit the Pathology Fellowship website.

Check out the Pathology Fellowship presentation that Dr. Cindy McGrath provided for the October 26, 2017 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Penn Reviewed
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round but are preferred before January 1st for anticipated start date in June or July of the same year.


Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research

The Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research affords medical students, who have completed their second or third year, the opportunity to spend a full twelve month period in an area of research related to cardiovascular disease at an institution other than their home institution. All students considering applying for this fellowship should contact Dr. Suparna Chandra. For more information and to apply, visit the Sarnoff website.

Check out the Sarnoff presentation that Dr. Megan Burke (current Resident and former Sarnoff Fellow) gave at the October 26, 2017 Year Out Research Programs Information Session.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: January 10, 2018


The University of Texas, Austin - Value-based Care Research Fellowship

The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is offering an exciting research opportunity for medical students: a 1-year value-based care research fellowship award focused on value-based care delivery models, patient-reported outcomes, and shared decision-making research. Eligible students can apply by sending a letter of interest and CV to Lauren Uhler. For more information, visit the Value-Based Care Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018


UC Irvine - Leadership and Innovation Fellowship in Urology

The Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology at UC Irvine is a highly competitive, one-year research fellowship under the mentorship of two of the most prolific academic urologists, Dr. Jaime Landman (Chairman) and Dr. Ralph Clayman (Dean emeritus and Professor). For more information and to apply, please visit the LIFT Fellowship website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018


Washington Family Scholars Program In Neuroscience

The Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program is a research opportunity supported by the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery and is available to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students with an interest in science. Awardees will be matched with a principal investigator to work on a research project in a laboratory under the direction of Dr. Keith L. Black in one of the following areas: Blood-brain barrier and drug delivery into the CNS, immunology and cancer vaccine, gene therapy, gene discovery or advanced surgical technology. For more information and to apply, visit the Washington Family website.

Externally Reviewed
Application Deadline: April 15, 2017