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Summer External Research Opportunities

The intent of the Medical Student Research Program is to introduce heart, lung and/or blood research opportunities to medical students interested in research. In addition to the Medical Student Research Program, other research opportunities are available for medical students.

These opportunities are grouped into categories including:

Please note that most applications to these programs are due between December and March of each year.

Summer Programs

American Heart Association Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease

Application Due January - March 30


  • The Medical Student Research Program provides 8-, 10- or 12-week awards (continuous in time) to medical students to carry out cardiovascular-related research in a strong laboratory environment. 
  • The intent of the program is to provide medical students who are potentially interested in a research career with an opportunity to explore a research career that is broadly related to the cardiovascular area or stroke. 
  • Applicants may propose a preceptor/project at any non-profit research institution within the Western States Affiliate (California, Nevada, Utah).
  • For further information please go to the American Heart Association website at

Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity / Diabetes Research Centers

Application Due January 2021


  • The objectives of this Program are to provide the opportunity for the student to conduct diabetes-related or obesity-related research and to gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research.
  • Participants will also develop a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems.Conducted laboratory-based, clinical, or translational research under the direction of an established scientist in the area of diabetes or obesity. 

FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF)

Applications are now closed


  • FAER created the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship to encourage talented medical students to consider careers in anesthesiology research and perioperative medicine. 
  • The MSARF program offers medical students an 8-week anesthesia-related research experience and the opportunity to present research findings at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting.

Medical students who participate in the summer anesthesia research fellowship can expect:

  • Eight weeks of focused research related to anesthesiology.
  • A dedicated mentor who will provide guidance and training in research techniques and scientific methods.
  • The opportunity to make a scientific poster presentation at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting, during the FAER MSARF Symposium.

Application Process

CHLA/USC Summer Oncology Fellowship Program Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases

Application Due January 15, 2021


  • The Summer Oncology  Fellowship is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first year medical students pursuing interests in oncology research.
  • While the program has traditionally been designed for those students who have completed their first year of medical school, highly qualified undergraduates majoring in the health science fields have been considered. 
  • Faculty mentors are located both at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine.

Application Process

  • Download and complete our application form.  
  • Submit your completed application to the information listed below.
  • Applications are submitted electronically. Please send your completed application packet with your full name, using the subject line "Summer Oncology Application 2015" to Your LOR’s should also be sent directly by the author, no exceptions; please make sure that the subject line includes your full name.
  • For more information, please visit us on the web at

Financial Support

  • The students are paid a weekly stipend of $350 for a minimum of six weeks or maximum of ten weeks. 
  • A limited amount of funds are available as reimbursement for travel and housing on a case-by-case basis for those students from outside the greater Los Angeles area. 
  • While participating in the program, students will be expected to attend a lecture series held at the hospital on aspects of pediatric oncology designed specifically for them and will be encouraged to attend other scientific lectures in their area of research.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Summer Fellowship Program FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS 

Application Due December 11, 2020


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program is a research program for first- and second-year students at US medical schools who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences.
  • The application for the 2021 Medical Student Fellowship Program is now open. Please complete the online application by Friday, December 11th at 11:59pm EST. Register for our summer program using this link:

Medical Student Research Opportunity/Vanderbilt University School of Medicine/Diabetes and Obesity Research; Kidney Disease Research/Digestive Disease Research

Application Due January 2021

Please see our website for more information about the program and for an application.

Research Training Fellowships / American Academy of Neurology (AAN)1

Application Due October 1, 2020


  • The Research Training Fellowship Program of the American Brain Foundation, the foundation of the American Academy of Neurology, is focused on the need to recruit and train clinical researchers in neurology.
  • Scientific and medical communities have called the shortage of investigators a crisis that will impact far more than the 50 million Americans currently suffering from a neurological disease.
  • Recognizing this critical need for neurology research, the American Brain Foundation has dedicated its grant making efforts toward investing in young researchers.
  • NIH funding for neurologic research has remained the same for the last four years and competition for NIH funds has intensified. The increase in the American Brain Foundation fellowships have kept the dream alive for many of our young clinician-researchers.
  • The American Brain Foundation fellowship recipients have gone on to receive NIH funding at record levels. These fellowships are the first step to a broader base of support.
For additional information visit the AAN Research and Awards website


Students Study Health Disparities, Clinical Research in 10-Week Program

Application Due February 11

  • MICHR is now accepting applications for its 10-week Summer Research Program. Participating students will gain hands-on research experience in a wide range of topics in health disparities or clinical research, utilizing individualized and team-based learning experiences. 

For more information go to

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Janet Bassett Program Manager Email: Phone: 801-585-6408

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