Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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External Funding Opportunities


Research Grant

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AOA Scholarship

Financial support for research to be conducted either during a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks; 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over a period of 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic...

Financial support for research to be conducted either during a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks; 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over a period of 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated.

Award:

$5,000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on receipt and approval by AΩA of a final research report. In addition, up to $1,000 can be reimbursed for travel to present Fellowship research results at a national meeting within one year of distribution of the final award check.

Eligibility:

First-, second-, and third-year medical students from schools with active AΩA chapters, or associations, are eligible.

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NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research (At the...

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research (At the NIH "biomedical sciences" includes everything from behavioral and social sciences, through biology and chemistry, to physics, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and biostatistics).

Award:

The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page. The Institute/Center (IC) in which you work or your research group pays your stipend.

Eligibility:

U.S. citizens or permanent residents, AND are in college (including community college) or graduate/professional school at the time of application

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NUCATS Voucher Program

The NUCATS voucher (tier 1: $2,500) programs are designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work. These funds are particularly intended for proje...

The NUCATS voucher (tier 1: $2,500) programs are designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work.

These funds are particularly intended for projects with the potential for strong clinical or translational research in a short time frame, junior faculty who have not yet established a significant funding base, projects involving critical steps in the device and drug development pathway and projects that address a critical need in translational science that are too small to be suitable for conventional funding.

Award:

$2,500

Eligibility:

An individual (such as community/practice partners, students, trainees, post-doctoral fellows, residents and fellows) who is collaborating with a NUCATS member who meets requirements in the line above. This individual may be a co-investigator, but not a PI.

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Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Since 1922, Sigma Xi has extended the hand of companionship to more than 30,000 young researchers through the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program. Sigma Xi grants are often the first research support an undergraduate or graduate student may...

Since 1922, Sigma Xi has extended the hand of companionship to more than 30,000 young researchers through the Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) Program. Sigma Xi grants are often the first research support an undergraduate or graduate student may receive.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research.

Award:

Grants amounts range from $400 to $1,000 (with an average award of $600). Vision Research: grants in this field are awarded up to a maximum of $2,500. The research must have implication for human vision in order to qualify.

Eligibility:

No restrictions, one thing to note; while membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for application, designated funds are available to members or whose primary advisors are members.

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SIR Foundation Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant

The Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant is designed to foster an interest in research by funding a summer research project conducted by a medical student in an area identified by SIR Foundation as important to the advancement of interventio...

The Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant is designed to foster an interest in research by funding a summer research project conducted by a medical student in an area identified by SIR Foundation as important to the advancement of interventional radiology and patient care.

Award:

Grant funding up to $4,000

Eligibility:

Grants are available to undergraduates and medical students currently enrolled in a MD, DO, or PhD equivalent degree program in medical institutions within the United States and Canada. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have permanent resident status therein. Permanent residents must submit documentation of their status. In addition, the applicant must designate a project advisor who will mentor the student for the duration of the research project.

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Specialty Based

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AAAAI Chrysalis Project

For Students interested in Allergy/Immunology, a program that takes place during the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting.

For Students interested in Allergy/Immunology, a program that takes place during the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting.

Award:

Admission into the Chrysalis Project and the Annual Meeting free of charge & Travel, accommodations for 3 nights and a $250 expense stipend (to cover reasonable expenses for meals and ground transportation)

Eligibility:

MD PhD students at research stage or beyond 3rd and 4th year medical students

(Please note since the Chrysalis Project is a recruitment program, prioritization will be given to medical students who are unsure of their career path.)

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AAN Summer Research Scholarship

Designed for medical students with limited research experience relevant to clinical or neuroscience fields who have a supporting preceptor and a project with clearly defined goals.

Designed for medical students with limited research experience relevant to clinical or neuroscience fields who have a supporting preceptor and a project with clearly defined goals.

Award:

Offers members of a Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) a stipend of $3,000 to conduct a project in either an institutional, clinical, or laboratory setting where there are ongoing programs of research, service or training, or a private practice.

Eligibility:

Only applicants from schools with established SIGN chapters

The program is not intended for medical students with an extensive background in research; therefore, these students should not apply

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AHA Scholarship – Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

AHA Student Scholarships support students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences early during pre-doctoral training, usually during the summer.

AHA Student Scholarships support students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences early during pre-doctoral training, usually during the summer.

Award:

$2,000

Eligibility:

PhDs and current MD/PhD students in the basic sciences committed to research careers are ineligible unless the PhD was obtained previously in an area not related to the one in the proposed study.

Each applicant and applicant's preceptor must be members of the AHA/ASA at the time of application.

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ASH Honors Award

This award contributes to the development of the next generation of hematologists by providing research funding for talented first-, second-, and third-year medical students. Applicants may choose to conduct their research over a maximum of three mon...

This award contributes to the development of the next generation of hematologists by providing research funding for talented first-, second-, and third-year medical students. Applicants may choose to conduct their research over a maximum of three months (during the summer) or over a span of three to 12 months.

Award:

In addition to a $5,000 stipend to support work on a hematology-related research project, program participants receive a $1,000 travel allowance each year for two years to attend the ASH annual meeting and are encouraged to continue research careers in hematology beyond medical school and residency.

Eligibility:

Be an ASH member in good standing or have a membership application pending. Have 12 continuous months left before completion of his/her medical degree. Be working on a hematology project (e.g., adult hematology, pediatric hematology/oncology, hematopathology, blood banking/transfusion medicine) in either laboratory research or clinical investigation.

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Sarnoff Foundation

The mission of Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to develop medical students throughout their careers into the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular innovation, research, and medicine by providing mentored research experience and l...

The mission of Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to develop medical students throughout their careers into the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular innovation, research, and medicine by providing mentored research experience and lifelong community.

Award:

$32,000 stipend. Allowances up to $8,000.

Eligibility:

M2 or M3 students, prefer students with little prior research exposure.

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SIR Foundation Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant

The Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant is designed to foster an interest in research by funding a summer research project conducted by a medical student in an area identified by SIR Foundation as important to the advancement of interventio...

The Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Culp Student Research Grant is designed to foster an interest in research by funding a summer research project conducted by a medical student in an area identified by SIR Foundation as important to the advancement of interventional radiology and patient care.

Award:

Grant funding up to $4,000

Eligibility:

Grants are available to undergraduates and medical students currently enrolled in a MD, DO, or PhD equivalent degree program in medical institutions within the United States and Canada. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada or have permanent resident status therein. Permanent residents must submit documentation of their status. In addition, the applicant must designate a project advisor who will mentor the student for the duration of the research project.

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SNMMI Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowship

The SNMMI Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowships are designed to stimulate students’ interest in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine by supporting their full-time participation in clinical and basic research activities for three months (or less). The...

The SNMMI Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowships are designed to stimulate students’ interest in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine by supporting their full-time participation in clinical and basic research activities for three months (or less).

The Bradley-Alavi Fellowships are named by the donors - Drs. Jane and Abass Alavi - in honor of Dr. Stanley E. Bradley, a professor of Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons until 1978 and a prominent researcher in the fields of renal physiology and liver disease. These fellowships are made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Award:

$9,000

Eligibility:

The applicant must be a member of the SNMMI. For membership, please visit: www.snmmi.org/membership 

A candidate from any country may apply, but the work must be done in the United States.

The applicant must be enrolled in a medical, pharmacy or graduate school, or be an undergraduate student demonstrating outstanding competence in nuclear medicine and/or molecular imaging research.

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URM

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ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, ga...

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately, advance their careers.

Award:

Program participants receive the guidance of a research mentor and a career-development mentor, $1,000 for travel to the ASH annual meeting, $1,000 after the meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event, and complimentary ASH membership throughout medical school and residency, in addition to:

Summer & Flex Projects
$5,000 stipend
$2,000 for research supplies

Yearlong Project
$32,000 stipend, plus additional allowances
$4,000 for research supplies

Eligibility:

Identify as a minority; applicants are asked to self-identify, and participants for the MMSAP are drawn from this pool. For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as a group of people from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada. This includes American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Inuit, and First Nation Peoples.

Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, and plan to conduct his/her research project in the contiguous United States or Canada.

Have a research mentor who is an ASH member in good standing.

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NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

The DSP is designed for individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inh...

The DSP is designed for individuals from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. Candidates must be American citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for diversity supplement support.

Eligibility:

M1-M3 students. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program. For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see PA-18-906.

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1 Year Program

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NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research in...

The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research.

Award:

Program participants receive an annual stipend. This amount is determined annually. Currently, the NIH MRSP participants receive an annual stipend of approximately $37,000. Housing and moving stipend are included.

Eligibility:

M2, M3, and M4 students. The 12 month program is designed for students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have a strong interest in basic, clinical, translational, or population health research.

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Sarnoff Foundation

The mission of Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to develop medical students throughout their careers into the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular innovation, research, and medicine by providing mentored research experience and l...

The mission of Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to develop medical students throughout their careers into the next generation of leaders in cardiovascular innovation, research, and medicine by providing mentored research experience and lifelong community.

Award:

$32,000 stipend. Allowances up to $8,000.

Eligibility:

M2 or M3 students, prefer students with little prior research exposure.

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