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Dean’s Research Scholar

Application Deadline: April 1

This program is designed to provide a yearlong opportunity in basic, clinical, or translational research to highly qualified students with a well-designed research project proposal. Students will make lifelong connections with department members as well as other researchers across campus.

If accepted into the program, participants can expect to:

  • Conduct a basic, clinical, or translational research project
  • Work with a mentor
  • Receive a research stipend consistent with current NIH funding levels for predoctoral researchers
  • Optional: Receive health insurance coverage for length of program

What projects will be considered for funding?

All well-developed, student-led projects will be considered. Ideally, students will publish their projects.


To participate, students must meet the following eligibility requirements.

Students must be:

  • In good academic standing
  • Enrolled in the M.D.-only track
  • Able to participate full-time for the full year
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.

Students may not:

  • Enroll in any non-program coursework during the program
  • Receive funding from another source for summer research
  • Participate in any other campus employment

Dean’s Research Scholar Program Timeline Highlights

  • April 1
    Application must be received

  • May 1
    Notification of acceptance into the program

Off-site Opportunities

Students are encouraged to seek out other research programs across the country that aim to create physician-scientists.

  • Sarnoff Fellowship Program
    In this program, students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools will spend a full year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States other than the school in which they are enrolled. Learn more.

  • NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
    In this program, students will work with a mentor over the course of a year on a basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal research interests and career goals with the aim of improving public health. Learn more.