Off-Site Research Opportunities

The Medical Student Research Program includes other research programs across the country that share our goal of creating physician-scientists.

Find a comprehensive list of Off-site Summer Research program opportunities. Listed below are very popular summer research programs that our students traditionally apply to.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 

Sloan’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program is an eight-week research program offered to first- and second-year medical students who have a career interest as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Participants will:

  • Gain clinical or laboratory research experience mentored by Memorial Sloan-Kettering faculty.
  • Interact with physicians, Ph.D. investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.
  • Attend a weekly education lecture series presented by world-renowned faculty.
  • Present their summer research to fellowship peers and Memorial Sloan-Kettering faculty during the final week of the program.

Deadline: January 14

Minority Medical Student Award Program

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is an 8- to 12-week research experience for students from the United States and Canada in their early years of medical school. As part of this experience, students collaborate with an American Society of Hematology (ASH) member who serves as their research mentor. Program participants are also paired with an ASH member who serves as a career-development mentor throughout the participants’ medical schooling and residency.

Deadline: January 6

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Summer Medical Fellows Program is primarily aimed at students who wish to explore the summer research experience and intend to apply for the yearlong program.

During 8-10 weeks of full-time research, you’ll be exposed to high-quality science, have a chance to increase your scientific knowledge and research skills, and interact with world-class investigators in a rich training environment. You can gain insight into a career as a medical scientist, and determine if you would like to continue your research training in a yearlong program.

Deadline: February 15

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.

Deadline: February 1

MD Anderson Summer Experience

The MD Anderson Summer Experience is offered for students from high school to medical school who are interested in exploring a career in cancer research. There are two opportunities: Track 1 is 10 paid weeks of research in a broad range of areas of cancer biology, medicine, and prevention. Track 2 is four weeks or 10 weeks of research.   

Deadline: February 28

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

To encourage medical students – particularly budding researchers – to consider a career in academic geriatrics, this program awards short-term scholarships. AFAR has partnered with the NIA and several foundations to continue and strengthen the original Hartford/AFAR Medical Student Geriatric Scholars Program. The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students participate in an 8- to 12-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Research projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research relevant to older people.

Deadline: January 31

Society for Pediatric Research and Academic Pediatric Societies

The groups offer a medical student research training program to encourage gifted medical students to consider careers in research related to pediatrics. This program is specifically designed for students seeking a research opportunity at an institution other than their own medical school. Students selected to the program are able to choose or are assigned to leading research laboratories/groups.

Currently, our Directory of Laboratories/Research Groups lists research opportunities at more than 300 facilities. Each research experience allows the student to spend two to three months at 40 hours per week in a research environment.

Deadline: January 24

Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease at Vanderbilt

The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University conducts a broad range of NIH-funded, cutting-edge basic science, and human and patient-oriented research. Ranked in the top 10 Nephrology Divisions and in an elite group of top NIH-funded Nephrology Divisions. Our goal is to advance and acquire new knowledge that will advance our understanding of kidney biology and the pathogenesis and treatment of renal disease and hypertension.

Accepted students will conduct research during the summer (June 1-August 1) under the direction of a Vanderbilt scientist (stipend provided). Research will be laboratory-based, clinical or translational research in kidney disease or hypertension (no research experience required). The program also contains opportunities for career advice, clinical and research seminars, and discussions.

Deadline: Mid-February

USC Summer Oncology Fellowship Program

This USC Summer Oncology Fellowship Program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical school students pursuing interests in oncology research. Students actively participate in clinical or laboratory research during their fellowship, and some have authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications or presented their work at major national and international scientific meetings. Many have gone on to academic medical careers.

Deadline: January 3

Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Fellowship

Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) is a laboratory-based summer fellowship program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for medical students who have an interest in bringing the benefits of modern cancer research to underserved populations in the US.

Deadline: January 31

Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Medical Scholars Program

An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation is offering 60 scholarships of $2,000 to medical students with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. Students in any year of medical school are eligible for this award. The scholarship activity must focus on pediatric or adult infectious diseases and may involve either clinical or research activities. IDSA members and fellows are encouraged to identify and solicit interested students and to serve as mentors.

Deadline: February 1

Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes

The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of 17 NIDDK-funded Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Centers (DERC) or Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTC) during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

Deadline: February 2

Roswell Park Summer Oncology Research Program

Expand your horizons in the care and treatment of the cancer patient by participating in state-of-the-art clinical research. Explore the mysteries of the cancer cell by participating in a basic scientific research program. Or participate in both! Special emphasis is placed on cancer prevention through lectures and practical experiences.

Deadline: February 15