The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) sponsors the Medical Research Fellows Program, which provides medical, dental, and veterinary students fellowships for a year of full-time biomedical research training. Joint initiatives with the Med Fellows Program include specialities such as research in ophthalmology, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), interventional radiology, and veterinary studies.
The fellowship research may be conducted at any academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health, or overseas if the fellow’s mentor is affiliated with a U.S. institution. View potential mentors here.
HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies and strives to advance biomedical research and science education in the U.S. According to the HHMI website, HHMI’s flagship program in biomedical research “rests on the conviction that scientists of exceptional talent, commitment, and imagination will make fundamental biological discoveries for the betterment of human health if they receive the resources, time, and freedom to pursue challenging questions.” HHMI provides graduate training opportunities for more than 1,000 every year. For more information about the fellowship program, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our step-by-step guide for a competitive fellowship application
1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews