External Awards

Research Medical Student Grant

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External Funding Opportunities

Sponsor: Radiological Society of North America Research & Education Foundation  
Deadline: Continuous Deadline 
Web Site: www.pennstatehershey.org/researchdevelopment

Purpose: to make radiology research opportunities possible for medical students and to encourage them, early in their medical careers, to consider academic radiology as an important option for their future. Students are expected to complete a 3-month, full-time research project under the guidance of a scientific advisor.

Nature of Projects: Any area of research related to the radiologic sciences is eligible for Research Medical Student Grant support.

Amount: $3,000, to be matched by the sponsoring department ($6,000 total), as a stipend for the medical student. Funds are intended to secure protected time for the recipient and may not be used for non-personnel research expenses.


  • Applicants must be full-time medical students at an accredited North American medical school
  • The research project must take place in a department of radiology, radiation oncology, or nuclear medicine in a North American, educational institution; however, it is not required that the research take place in the same institution where the student is enrolled
  • Applicants must not have received grant/contract amounts totaling $50,000 or more in a single calendar year as principal investigator

Henry R. Viets Medical/Graduate Student Research Fellowship

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These fellowships are awarded annually to current medical students or graduate students interested in the scientific basis of myasthenia gravis or related neuromuscular conditions, serving both to further scientific inquiries into the nature of these disorders and to encourage more research. The stipend is $3,000.


Briefly describe, in abstract form, the question that you propose to study, its association to myasthenia gravis or related neuromuscular conditions, and how you will approach the project. Applicants and sponsoring institutions must comply with policies governing the protection of human subjects, the humane care of laboratory animals and the inclusion of minorities in study populations.

Application Procedures

Submit one hardcopy or one PDF file of the following: letter of interest, summary of the research and its significance to myasthenia gravis or related neuromuscular conditions, proposed budget, curriculum vitae of applicant and sponsoring preceptor, letter of recommendation from preceptor that indicates acceptance of the candidate and outlines the proposed work plan for the research study. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Annual deadline for applications is March 15.

Submit completed application to

Henry R. Viets
Fellowship Committee, Attn: LJ Taugher, Chief Executive, at the national office, or e-mail the application as one PDF file to ljtaugher@nonprofitsolutions.com.

Lifeline Student Fellowship Award

The Lifeline Student Research Fellowship, established by the American Vascular Association, a foundation of the Society for Vascular Surgery, stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at North American Universities.

Each award will consist of a $3,000 student stipend and a two year complimentary subscription to The Journal of Vascular Surgery. The American Vascular Association will grant a maximum of 10 awards per year. The Research and Education Committee will be responsible for the selection of students to receive these awards.


Time period

The award is designed for students to spend a meaningful period of time on a project either in a block of several months or spread out over a longer period of time, not to exceed 12 months. The minimum full time commitment is 2 months.

Work site

The awards will be made to the institution (school, hospital or research facility) where the student project will be conducted. The student must be enrolled in a university in Canada or the United States.

Supervision and Responsibility

The Society member who sponsors the student is expected to supervise the research project during the scholarship period. All scholarships are awarded with the understanding that the sponsoring Society member will accept full responsibility for the project and the completion of a final report at the conclusion of the project. This responsibility also includes assisting with the experimental design designated in the application.


The entire $3,000 award must be used as a student stipend. The institution receiving the award on behalf of the student must submit an expenditure report to the Research and Education Committee when payment of the stipend has occurred.

Final Report

A report (1,000 to 1,500 words) by the student and the sponsoring Society member must be submitted to the Research and Education Committee at the completion of the project and before any other approved funds for other students sponsored by the Society member will be released.


Application forms are available to SVS members. Obtain an application form online or contact the American Vascular Association, 633 N. Saint Clair, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

The sponsoring Society member and the student must each submit a curriculum vitae with the application. Multiple applications from the same institution are acceptable, but an individual Society member may sponsor only one student application per year. Awards will be based on the quality of the proposal and assessment of the research strengths of the student and supervisor.

The deadline for receipt is March 15 of each year. Decisions regarding the award will be mailed to the student and sponsor in mid May.

Note: Students enrolled in combined MD/PhD programs may not submit a proposal for research that is a component of the degree process.

Contact Information

Susan Burkhardt
Program Manager
Society for Vascular Surgery
633 N. Saint Clair Street, 24th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-334-2310/ Fax: 312-334-2320
Email: sburkhardt@vascularsociety.org

RSNA Research & Education Foundation

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The purpose of this grant is to make radiology research opportunities available for medical students early in their training and encourage them to consider academic radiology as a career option by working side by side with a current RSNA Research Scholar on his/her project.  The amount of the one-year grant is $5,000 to be used as stipend for the medical student.  Applications are accepted any time throughout the year.  The institution must provide necessary space, facilities and equipment.  Before funding can begin, the student's data and curriculum vitae must be sent to the Research Education Foundation at RSNA Headquarters for each year of participation.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of a North American country.
  • Current RSNA Research Scholars must nominate the medical student for this grant to work with the Scholar on his/her designated research project.
  • Nominees must be full-time medical students at an accredited North American medical school.


The medical student is expected to devote 100% of their time to the Research scholar's research project during an initial period of time (vacation or elective) and continue part-time during the next academic year.

Application for Medical Student/Scholar Assistant Grant - see website.

Additional Sources



Funding Resources for National and International Health Research Projects

In addition to the scholarships offered through the College of Medicine and listed above, the following list was compiled by Gautam Deshpande, Class of 2004, and was current in 2002.

If you know the medical specialty/department that you would like to do research in, contact the national organization for that specialty. They often provide grants and fellowships. For example, if you are going to do research in Ophtho try going to the National Ophthalmology Association website or, if you are doing research on alcoholic liver disease, contact the large brewing companies (ex. Anheiser-Busch) - they often fund research projects in these areas. 


Staying abroad while doing a research project can get pretty expensive when you factor in housing and food. Many cities offer long-term hostelling options that are inexpensive. For example, if going to Germany, most towns/cities have a ‘Mitwohnzentral' - an agency that will find a place for you to board for a month or two. They often know the cheapest alternatives. My personal recommendation is to try and find a home stay option through a doctor or health professional at the institution with which you are doing your research. People are often willing to put you up for a month or two, or know some one who is willing. In exchange, you might have to teach their kids English or make an ‘American dinner' once in a while, though.

Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Program

Securing Financial Aid for Study Abroad Programs


Promising young post-doctoral scientists and graduate students will be invited to participate in a two-month internship in BSI laboratories and/or a lecture course, presented by 19 distinguished neuroscientists from institutions in Japan, the U.S., Canada, and the UK. BSI will provide generous support towards travel and lodging expenses for applicants who are accepted.

Readers Digest International Fellowships (RDIF)

Pays 75% of airfare for senior medical students working in approved missionary hospitals in developing countries. The selection process is competitive.

For applications contact:
RDIF Coordinator MAP International Box 50
Brunswick, GA 31521-0050
Telephone: 912-265-6010

AMWA - American Women's Hospitals Service

The AWHS Overseas Assistance Grant is awarded to a national member of the American Medical Women's Association in her final year of a traditional four-year US medical school (students in other years may be considered spending a minimum of three months, and no longer than one year, in a sponsored program which will serve the needs of the medically neglected. The completed application must be submitted a minimum of four months prior to departure. The program must be sponsored by the applicant's school, another school, or an outside agency or, if there is no sponsor. Must be one for which the school takes responsibility and provides academic credit. Approximately six awards per year are made; the maximum award amount is $1200.

Potential applicants should contact:

Marsha Saunweber or Marie Glanz
American Medical Women's Association
801 North Fairfax Street Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-838-0500
Fax: 703-549-3874

American Osler Society

The William B. Bean Student Research Award provides for a $1000 stipend to a medical student to support research in medical history and medical humanism. The award is not restricted to research in the US.

To request an application, contact:

Lawrence D. Longo, Secretary-Treasurer
The American Osler Society
Division of Perinatal Biology
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Telephone: 909-824-4325

Management Sciences for Health

Through the Paul Alexander Memorial Fund, travel money is available for electives of at least two months duration to work on an international public health project in a developing country.  Applicants should be within the last two years of graduate education at the expected time of award travel; those with a general interest and those with a specific plan will be given equal consideration. Completed applications must be submitted by December 30, for the award to be made for the following year. Two to four awards are made annually.

For more information, contact:

Paul Alexander Memorial Fellowship
Jean Alexander
1666 Coffman #220
St. Paul, MN 55108
Telephone: 612-647-1231

Christian Medical and Dental Society

CMDS offers a program of grants-in-aid, through the James S. Westra Memorial Endowment Fund, that provides selected medical/dental students with clinical experiences of two weeks or more in mission settings in developing countries. The awards cover transportation and project-related expenses up to $1000.

Eligible applicants must be:

   1. a CMDS member (first year student membership is free; student dues thereafter are $20/year);
   2. a third or fourth year medical/dental student enrolled in a traditional four-year program in an approved US medical or dental school;
   3. able to demonstrate financial need to enable project participation.

For scholarship and membership applications, contact:

Karen Adams
Christian Medical and Dental Society
PO Box 830689
Richardson, Texas 75083-0689
Telephone: 214-783-8384
Fax: 214-783-0921

Wilderness Medical Society

The Wilderness Medical Society is interested in nurturing an awareness and appreciation among students of medicine for the medical aspects of outdoor and wilderness activities. The Charles S. Houston Award is given annually to one or two students who have submitted research proposals most likely to result in a substantive contribution to the field of wilderness and environmental medicine. The research is usually conducted over the course of a summer, approximately three months. The award is not limited to research within the US. The amount of the award is up to $1500. Applicants can be in any year of medical school.

For an application contact:

Wilderness Medicine Society
PO Box 2463
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Telephone: 317-631-1745
Fax: 317-269-8150

International Research/Health Projects

International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

International consortium of medical students from various countries. The organizations provides opportunities for research overseas, as well as rotation-exchanges.


Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Program

This program is for minority students interested in doing any sort of biomedical or behavioral science research abroad. It's meant to target minority undergraduate level students, but about one fourth of the positions are reserved for graduate and medical students. Last year they had a number of sites in Central and South America and one site in southern. A great opportunity for first year's looking for a project for this coming summer or for others looking for an MSR or elective research rotation. They pay your travel and living expenses and hook you up with a mentor at the research site.

Fight HIV/AIDS in Tanzania

Excellent opportunity that is very flexible with time commitments. Use it as a fourth year rotation, as a summer opportunity, or take a whole year off for this worthwhile project!!!

Resources for Research Projects in East Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan)

Wilderness Medicine in Nepal

Learn about wilderness medicine and local care in Kathmandu and the Everest area.

Clinical Tropical Medicine

Burkina Faso, West Africa Study Tour (June 1st-18th)

An introduction to Clinical Tropical Medicine with a focus on maternal and child Health. Also take advantage of the medical and public health rotations, open dates.

BOTUSA Project medical student fellowship

Provides fourth-year students the opportunity to participate in CDC research in Botswana, as well as to gain experience with clinical medicine and culture in the setting of a developing country. Each student takes ownership of a project and in most circumstances experience all phases of research - hypothesis generation, protocol development, research logistics, data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and scientific writing and presentation.

University of Arizona College of Medicine: Clinical & Community Care in Developing Nations

Program Description: The University of Arizona summer course, begun in 1982 and revised annually, is a
small group, problem-solving course preparing third and fourth year medical students and primary care
residents, and other health care students (nursing, public health, physical therapy, etc) and professionals,
for health care experiences in developing countries. This is a full-time (75 class hours), intensive,
interactive course. Faculty Are all experienced clinicians from several departments. Visiting students
receive three weeks'/one month's elective credit at their home school (which must also arrange the actual
overseas preceptorship).

Enrollment limited to 24 participants; this allows case-based teaching in 3 groups of 8 students.

Requirements/Procedures: Course designed for students actively planning for a student or professional
experience in a developing country. Should be able to document acceptance (pending or final) by appropriate
clinical or community health facility in a developing nation.

Program Dates: Three weeks in July each year

Deadlines: Applications due by May 15 (apply during third year for July course before fourth year).


1. No tuition or fees are charged; extensive syllabus is free;
2. books $40-60;
3. transportation to Tucson;
4. Housing (we help arrange low-cost shared one-month rentals in Tucson)

Student Contact:

Ronald Pust, MD or Tracy Carroll, MPH, RPT
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
P.O. Box 245053
Tucson AZ 85724
Phone:  520-626-7962 (administrative assistant)
Fax:  520-626-6134
Email:  aheimann@u.arizona.edu

For more opportunities contact the NIH directly at:

Program Specialist
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room B2C39
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Tel:  301-402-7335
FAX:  301-402-2056
E-mail:  gschwind@nih.gov

SIR Foundation Medical student Research Grant Opportunity

Funding opportunity for medical students conducting summer research projects.  This funding opportunity is from the SIR Foundation.