If you are in the field of medical research, there are lots of great fellowship opportunities for you to get hands-on experience! This list of programs includes options for students, early career, and mid-late career professionals. They take place all over the world and offer the potential for significant professional growth. If one of these sounds like a fit for you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!
The Association awards Fellowships at the graduate (Masters, PhD or postdoctoral) level of up to US$40,000 each year. Fellowships are available for Australians who will benefit from doing advanced research or study in the fields of business, science, technology, medicine, engineering and sustainable development in the United States. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia doing research or studying at the graduate level – Masters, PhD or postdoctoral. Applicants may already be in the U.S. at the time of application.
The Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support. Scholarships are granted to students and young professionals (up to two years after graduation) from Germany wishing to realize a study or research project abroad or to foreign students/young professionals who would like to pursue a project in Germany. Scholarships are available in Life Sciences, Medicine, Agro Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Education, Healthcare, Technology, and Business.
Designed to stimulate or sustain interest in research in tropical infectious diseases, this unique fellowship provides funding for physician-scientists to conduct research focused on infectious diseases of low and low-middle income countries. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada with an academic appointment of fellow at an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution. The award is made to the applicant’s home institution and is meant to offset costs associated with the proposed project, including travel to/from the overseas site, lab assistant, insurance, and other expenses.
The Consortium offers Research Fellowships, nine-month Dissertation Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Fellowships-in-Residence for scholars in the history of science, technology or medicine who would like to use the collections at two or more institutions in the Consortium. Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellows use offices in the Consortium’s facility in Center City Philadelphia and have access to events and activities throughout Philadelphia’s academic and cultural communities. Stipends vary by fellowship and additional travel stipends are available for scholars from India, Brazil and South Africa.
The program is designed exclusively for pre-medical students (who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents) completing their junior year in college. It offers the student an introduction to research methodology, patient treatment, and ethical issues in medicine as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of healthcare providers within a large community teaching hospital. 14-18 positions are awarded annually to qualified pre-medical students who will have completed their junior year of college in the spring. The award for the ten-week Program is $1,800 and dormitory housing is provided as needed.
The Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers opportunities in global health research training for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program supports specific areas of interest in HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, mental health, maternal and child health and nutrition. The fellowship is 12 months in length and has location assignments throughout Africa and Asia. The fellowship includes a stipend, health insurance, roundtrip travel and other benefits.
The INSPIRE fellowship provides 1,000 funded full-time research fellowships for doctoral study annually. The purpose of the program is to attract top students to pursue doctoral studies in basic and applied sciences including, engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy, etc. Candidates must be Indian citizens, a University 1st Ranker in a particular subject at Post-graduate (PG) level examination in Basic and Applied Science courses or a 1st Ranker at a Graduate level examination in Medicine, and an INSPIRE scholar with aggregate marks of 65% and above at the 2 year MSc or 5 year Integrated MSc/MS.
The fellowship program of pre-doctoral support is designed to assist full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidates who are enrolled in U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing or schools of public health. The program seeks to support advanced students who will have completed the bulk of their pre-thesis requirements (two years of study) and are starting their thesis research by the time the award is activated. The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow. The fellowship provides a stipend of $25,000+ a year payable quarterly for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.
The Medical Student Fellowship (MSF) encourages gifted medical school students to consider careers in eye research and allows them to take one year off from their studies to participate in a research project at an RPB-supported department of ophthalmology. RPB-supported Chairs may nominate a medical student prior to his/her third or fourth year of medical school. Only MD students are eligible; MD/PhD students are not eligible to apply. The award is $30,000. Two nomination deadlines per year.
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute supports doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and students enrolled in degree programmes in recognised Indian & Canadian universities or institutions to undertake research in fields in which scholars may desire research experience in Canada or India. Doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars are provided $590 per week for up to 6 months of research. There are also awards for undergraduate and graduate students of $500 per week for up to 12 weeks of research.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites doctoral students to compete for the Student Research Grant in Audiology. The foundation gives early support to promising students, researchers, and clinicians exploring bold ideas to transform the field and improve people’s lives. Students must be doctoral (research or clinical) degree students enrolled in, or accepted for, study in audiology or hearing science at an academic program in the United States. Proposals must be for research to be initiated in the area of clinical and/or rehabilitative audiology. The grant is for $2,000.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) invites master’s and doctoral students to compete for the Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development. This grant is intended to focus on children at the preschool or early school developmental level. Students must be master’s or doctoral (research or clinical) degree students enrolled in, or accepted for, graduate study in speech-language pathology or speech-language science at an academic program in the United States. The grant is for $2,000.
This fellowship is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as they contribute to the health of communities, and to address the human needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content of the Fellowship might include clinical investigation, public health/epidemiology, health policy analysis, activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure and human or community needs. Funding of $4,000 is provided to sponsor a 10-12 week project in the summer between the student’s 1st and 2nd years of medical/dental school.
The University of Buffalo offers a fully funded PhD program in Pharmacology. The majority of students enter the department through the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences for the first year. The PhD Program in Pharmacology requires a minimum of 72 hours of coursework, including four to five years of laboratory research. Students are fully funded through the entire course of their studies. PhD candidates receive a full-tuition scholarship, a $27,000 stipend and medical/dental insurance.
The Association awards Fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD or Postdoctoral) level of up to $40,000 USD for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or study in the fields of biophotonics, engineering, environmental and marine sciences, mathematics, medicine, sciences, sustainability and technology. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Fellowship is awarded. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or study at the graduate level. Applicants may already be in Australia.
The AACR Breast Cancer Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct breast cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to breast cancer. These fellowships provide two-year grants of $120,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on mentored breast cancer research. Applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the last 5 years.
The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) offer three one-year-long research fellowships. This program provides substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity for qualified Physician Assistant (PA) faculty and to develop the next generation of PA researchers. The AAPA-PAEA Fellowship will provide up to $25,000 to the fellow’s institution to secure protected time for research as well as a travel stipend of up to $7,500. Preference will be given to candidates who have been in education for less than 10 years and have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.
The AAS is committed to supporting the advancement of surgical care by providing resources and education to young surgeon scientists. The intent of these awards is to provide a fellow who has completed at least two years of postgraduate training in a surgical discipline the opportunity to spend one year in a full-time basic research position with an AAS member. The award of $20,000 for one year per award may be used for salary support and research costs. Applicants must be residents or fellows who are currently enrolled in an accredited training program and have completed at least two years of postgraduate training in a surgical discipline. Applicants must be residents or fellows who are currently enrolled in an accredited training program in the U.S. and have completed at least two years of postgraduate training in a surgical discipline.
AAUW’s Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science funds women conducting research for a project that will culminate in a scholarly scientific publication. The grantee must plan to publish this research in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or an author of equivalent significance. Applicants must be women who hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences. The award amount will range from $10,000-$35,000. The grant year will run from July 1 to June 30.
The Academic Fellowship in Primary Care Research aims to prepare future leaders in academic primary care, with a vision to improve access to high quality primary health care, reduce health disparities and improve the health of citizens and communities in Wisconsin. The full-time postdoctoral fellowship is for 2-3 years and prepares residency-trained primary care physicians, as well as pharmacists, advanced practice nurses and social scientists from complementary health-related fields for successful and rewarding careers in academic medicine, with a focus on primary care and community engaged research. A stipend and other benefits are provided.
The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. Fellows can pursue research in health, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities-based topics. The award is for 2 years and awardees receive $70,000 per year. This program allows applicants to launch a successful research-intensive career while working on a project that aligns with the host institution’s strategic priorities. All applicants must be endorsed by a Canadian research institution.
The Caspar Wistar Fellows Program is recruiting exceptional, early-career, independent investigators poised to join the next generation of scientific leaders. This program invites recent PhD or MD graduates with outstanding research records, who are prepared to take an accelerated path toward independence as principal investigators. Candidates must have been awarded a doctorate in biomedical sciences, medicine or a related field within five years of the application deadline. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term, with full salary and benefits, and the possibility of extending or being considered for promotion.
ASTMH accepts applications from physicians and scientists for this international career opportunity focused on benefiting underserved populations in locations in the world where the burden of disease is high. The recipient received $25,000 in support for a short-term research experience in the tropics. A minimum of six months must be spent at the overseas site. Applicants must be a full-time postdoctoral fellow (PhD, MD, DVM or the equivalent) enrolled at a U.S. or Canadian institution. Citizenship of the U.S. or Canada is not a requirement.
The American Philosophical Society awards a limited number of Daland Fellowships in Clinical Investigation for research in the several branches of clinical medicine, including internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. The committee emphasizes patient-oriented research. The fellowships are designed for qualified persons who have held an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree for fewer than 8 years. Both US citizens and foreign nationals are eligible to apply. Candidates must be nominated. The fellowship term is 1 year, and can be extended 1 additional year. The fellowship stipend is $40,000 per year.
The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates, already holding a PhD, must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a sponsor—a scientist (tenured, tenure-track or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the fellow. 4-year fellowships are contingent upon satisfactory progress reports. Base stipend of $52k plus additional funding for expenses are provided.
CDC’s EIS program offers a unique opportunity to investigate disease outbreaks around the world while protecting people and saving lives. EIS officers are selected from among highly qualified applicants drawn to public health service and interested in practicing applied epidemiology. EIS officers may be assigned to work in the areas of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, injury prevention, environmental health, or occupational health, either at CDC, or at another federal agency, state, or local health department. The fellowship is for 2 years and includes an annual base salary of $67,840 plus other health and retirement benefits.
The Fellowship on Guidelines Methodology is designed to meet the increasing demand for well-developed, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. It provides the necessary training and placements for researchers to gain the theoretical and practical skills required for developing high quality guidelines. Candidates should be postgraduates holding a university degree in any field related to respiratory medicine or science, reside in Europe and be fluent in English. Grants are provided to develop projects and fellows receive a monthly stipend of 2,500-3,000 Euros to cover living expenses during the 6-month fellowship.
The Frontier Fellowship program supports outstanding young biomedical researchers from around the world. Candidates perform research in a single laboratory supported by the program or engage in collaborative projects that involve a combination of laboratories. The fellowship provides substantial funding for four years, including relocation expenses, plus additional benefits. The program is open to all nationalities. Candidates must have completed, or are in the final stages of completing a Ph.D., or an M.D./Ph.D and have had at least one first-author paper accepted for publication or published in a peer-reviewed journal by the time of application.
The Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will provide opportunities to talented faculty and researchers to strengthen their research capacities. Fellowships are for 8 to 24 months and are available in many different fields including science, technology, the arts, economics, law and the humanities. Fellows will work with a host institution in the U.S. and the fellowship includes J-1 visa support, a living stipend and round trip airfare between the U.S. and India.
The George E. Burch Fellowship Program is an opportunity that awards a stipend to defray living expenses during independent research and study to a postdoctoral scholar, whose research interests lie within at least one of the following areas: medicine, biology, physics, chemistry, and fields in the social science and humanities, as it applies to health and medicine. The 1-year fellowship of in residence research at the Smithsonian carries a $60,000 stipend and additional allowances of up to $4,000 to cover other costs such as travel and supplies.
The Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support early-career research training in all basic biomedical sciences. Candidates who hold, or are in the final stages of obtaining a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree and are seeking beginning postdoctoral training in basic biomedical research are eligible to apply for a fellowship. The Foundation accepts applications from candidates who have no more than 1 year of postdoctoral research experience and who have received their PhD in the last 2 years. The fellowship is for 3 years and starts fellows with a stipend of $54,000 a year plus additional research and dependent child allowances.
The Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship Program, sponsored by APHL and CDC, trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to infectious disease research. The program is a one-year full-time working fellowship for those holding a recent master’s-level degree (for example, MS, MPH, or MSPH) in biology, microbiology, virology, chemistry, public health or a related discipline. Fellows are placed in local, state or federal (CDC) public health laboratories throughout the US. Fellows are provided with a stipend, medical insurance, travel to the host laboratory and a professional development allowance.
JGP Postdoctoral Research Fellowships provide research support for up to two years. Permissible research topics include pre-clinical or basic science research on the biochemical, genetic or hematologic aspects of hemophilia or von Willebrand disease. Other topics might focus on liver disease, HIV/AIDS, orthopedics, women’s health issues, psychosocial or other therapeutic modalities as they pertain to bleeding disorders. Candidates must have completed doctoral training and apply for the JGP fellowship award from a doctoral, postdoctoral, internship or residency training program. U.S. citizenship is not required.
The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant is designed to support investigators that are currently working at the level of advanced fellow or postdoctoral researcher in laboratory or clinic based research with results and conclusions that must be clearly relevant to the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of Hodgkin and/or non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies and transplantation. Fellows must be affiliated with a sponsor institution in the U.S. or Canada, but citizenship is not required. 2-year commitment with stipend of 105k paid over the course of the 2-year fellowship.
The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center prepares scientists and clinicians to achieve leadership roles as research investigators in the field of cancer prevention and control. Trainees are immersed in the type of cross-disciplinary research environment typical of cancer prevention and control research. The program is for 2 years and awardees receive an annual salary of $51,000 plus other benefits. Applicants must have already earned or be within 5 months of earning a doctoral degree in health science or related disciplines by the application deadline.
The primary purpose of this position is to provide training in and experience with community-engaged research as a way to address the disproportionate health burdens experienced by racial/ethnic minorities. The position will also serve as a way to gain relevant training and experience necessary for developing an independent research career. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in a public health, community health, or related scientific field and have experience in health disparities research. Fellows will receive a salary, professional development training and other benefits including insurance.
The educational mission of the Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship is to train individuals at the fellowship level to become future Laboratory Directors and/or expert consultants to support the growing field of clinical Molecular Genetic Pathology in academic and non-academic settings. Training is typically one year and is tailored to the long-term career interests of the fellow. Additional years of training may be available. Applicants must be board-eligible or board-certified in Pathology or Medical Genetics.
The Parker B. Francis Fellowship provides research support to clinical and basic scientists embarking on careers in clinical, laboratory or translational science related to Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at a U.S. or Canadian university or research institution. The ideal candidate is one with evidence of strong aptitude in research and who is in transition from post-doctoral trainee to independent investigator. For Ph.D. or other non-M.D. scientists no more than 7 years beyond completion of their doctoral degree or M.D. scientists no more than 7 years beyond clinical training.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center and Pfizer have partnered to create a program intended to expand North Carolina’s gene therapy research and development capabilities and to grow the scientific workforce trained in gene therapy disciplines. This postdoctoral fellowship provides scientific and professional development training to early career scientists interested in establishing careers related to gene therapy. Over the course of the 2 year fellowship, fellows will receive a salary of $65,000 per year, benefits, project supplies, travel funding and professional development training.
The PhRMA Foundation Research Starter Grants provides a research grant of $100,000 for one year to individuals beginning independent research careers at the faculty level in the fields of Health Outcomes Research, Informatics, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology / Toxicology and Translational Medicine. The “starter” aspect of the program strives to assist individuals who are establishing careers as independent investigators. The program is not offered as a means to augment an ongoing research effort. Funds must be used to conduct the proposed research.
Post-doctoral scholars will conduct Maternal and Child Health research in Sao Paulo, Brazil on “Interventions in early childhood and trajectories of cognitive, social and emotional development”. Applicants must have a PhD in the area of Collective Health, Psychology or Psychiatry, proficiency in Portuguese and English and experience in reporting. The selected candidate will receive FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship for a period of 12 months in the amount of R$ 7,373.10 (Brazilian currency) per month and Technical Reserve equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the scholarship to meet unforeseen expenses directly related to the research activity.
The NIH Postbac IRTA program provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Applicants must be college graduates who received their bachelor’s degrees less than two years prior to the date they begin the program. The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly. Applications are accepted year round.
The A.P. Giannini Foundation funds innovative research that advances the translation of biomedical sciences into treatments, prevention and cures for human diseases. The Fellowship & Career Development Award Program supports innovative research in the basic sciences and applied fields and trains fellows to become established investigators and to pursue scientific leadership positions in academia, industry, public and non-traditional career pathways. Physician-scientists and junior researchers with 3-36 months of postdoctoral research experience are invited to apply. Stipends start at $54,000/year.
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) seeks to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research. Grants awarded through the Bridge to Independence Award program are intended to invest in the next generation of top autism investigators by identifying talented early-career scientists interested in autism research and facilitating their transition to an independent research career. PhD and MD applicants with fewer than six years of postdoctoral training are invited to apply for research support at a fixed rate of $150,000 per year.
Each year, the Biodesign Program has two U.S.-based fellowship teams of four graduate and/or postgraduate engineers, business professionals, bioscientists and physicians who collaborate to invent new technologies that address major clinical and surgical needs. All of the fellows complete a 10-month program, stipend supported. In addition to Stanford clinical and engineering faculty, the teams are mentored by over 100 “real world” experts in design, prototyping, regulatory, reimbursement, finance and technology. Applicants with a background in engineering, medicine, biosciences or relevant business /technology are encouraged to apply.
These awards provide funding to postdoctoral scientists at Stanford University engaging in highly interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences broadly defined. Selected scholars will be provided funding for two years, to be utilized for payments toward tuition, salary, and health benefits. In addition, our scholars meet quarterly, visit each others’ labs to learn about different areas of study and research techniques, develop skills to communicate with a non-scientific audience, and how to present “elevator pitches.” Candidates in a variety of disciplines will be considered and are encouraged to apply.
Recognized as Western Canada’s first university and located in the city of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba is committed to advancing Indigenous research and achievement, recognizing the significant contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth. Fellows can pursue research in health, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities-based topics. The award is for 2 years and awardees receive $70,000 per year.
The purpose of the Wallenberg Academy Fellows program in Sweden is to give young researchers working conditions that enables them to focus on research and tackle difficult, long-term research questions. The program addresses young researchers in medicine, natural sciences, engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences. Swedish universities are invited to nominate candidates for the program. The Swedish Academies will evaluate and select the most promising researchers and the universities will then take long-term responsibility for these individuals. Fellows will receive grants for 5 years of SEK 1,000,000 – 2,000,000/year.
The International Training fellowships offer nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at the postgraduate or postdoctoral level. Research proposals should focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country. The fellowship is for 3 years and includes a salary plus coverage of other fees and research costs. Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries. Fellows will work with a sponsoring institution to learn new skills and become leaders in independent research.
The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of $17,000 for one year. In addition to their formal coursework, Zuckerman Fellows participate in a yearlong co-curricular program that includes small-group discussions, professional skill-building workshops, and a field trip.
The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is accepting applications for medical research grants and fellowships in areas related to thalassemia. The awards are in 3 categories: Support for Ongoing Clinical Research in Thalassemia; Clinical Trials in Thalassemia Cell and Gene Therapy; and Research Fellowships. Applicants from all disciplines and backgrounds (MD, RN, PhD, MPH, MSW or other disciplines) are encouraged to apply. Support for Ongoing Clinical Research in Thalassemia is $50,000 annually; Clinical Trials in Thalassemia Cell and Gene Therapy is $75,000 annually.
This fellowship is for health professionals seeking to build stronger, healthier, more equitable communities through work in their chosen professions. The 3-year program provides substantial grant funding (ranging from $315,000-$525,000) for a project in fellows’ local communities that directly addresses the root causes of inequity in health. The fellowship includes intensive learning, mentoring and networking to help fellows become more effective leaders of transformational change. Applicants should have completed their clinical training five years before the start of the program.
The Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Grant in Health and Environmental Sciences is available for lecturing and research visits of 5-9 months at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Disciplines include Medical Sciences, Global Health, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Health, Environmental and Medical Physics, Biosciences, Nursing Science. It is offered for a period of 5-9 months, starting in either September or January. The award includes free housing, arranged and paid for by the University of Eastern Finland. Rank of full or associate professor with a PhD (or other terminal degree such as MFA, JD, or MD) required. The allowance is 5000 Euro/month.
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