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Northwestern University CounterAct

Summer Research Fellowships

The Northwestern University CounterAct Summer Research Fellowship Program provides opportunities for promising high school and undergraduate students to experience focused research work, clinical observation, and informational sessions on toxicology, chemistry, immunology, nanotechnology, ophthalmology, and dermatology.

If you are interested in science and are looking for meaningful work and mentoring, we encourage you to spend the summer with us in the NU CounterAct Center for Excellence. Our summer research fellowship provides you with an opportunity to work at a premier academic medical center and to learn more about careers in research. The fellowship will involve research experiences on both the Evanston and Downtown Chicago Northwestern campuses, as well as virtual seminars. Our fellows participate in clinical observation, work on faculty-sponsored projects and engage in educational seminars from renowned leaders throughout our institution.

This eight-week, full-time, paid program runs Monday through Thursday and is open to students who are 16 years and older. Positions are available at the high school and undergraduate level. Candidates should be interested in science research with a minimum GPA of 3.0 

Our summer 2022 internship will tentatively run from June 15, 2022 and through August 9, 2022.

Application Process

Our application for our summer 2022 program will open February 1, 2022 through March 1, 2022. Online application link can be found here: 

For more information about the summer fellowship, please email 

Applications will be reviewed in early March and the selection committee will notify qualified candidates to submit a video interview as the next phase of the application process. Final decisions will be made by April 2022.


Clinical Research Fellowships

All fellowships will be accepting applicants until 2/1/2022. Any application received after 2/1/2022 will only be considered on a rolling basis if fellowship positions become available. Fellowship applications will be reviewed in early February, followed by interviews and offer notifications by end of March 2022.

For MD Graduates

Clinical research fellowships are one to two years in duration (July 1 to June 30) and are based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Fellowships are offered preferentially to physicians with at least one year of internship training and to those who wish to pursue further training in dermatology. The Lurie Children's fellowship is preferentially offered to physicians with some previous training in pediatrics and who are IL-license eligible.

These paid fellowships provide an opportunity for intense exposure to both investigator-initiated and sponsored research, interaction with patients and participation in didactic sessions in Dermatology at NMH and Lurie Children's.

For Predoctoral Medical Students

Visiting predoctoral clinical research fellowships are one year in duration and are based at NMH and Lurie Children's. Fellowships are offered to medical students who have completed M3 year and wish to complete a year dedicated to research to further their training in dermatology. These fellowships are unpaid but provide an opportunity for intense exposure to the field, interaction with patients and participation in didactic sessions in Dermatology at NMH and Lurie Children's.

Pfizer Skin of Color Fellowship

For the 2022-2023 cycle, we will have two-funded predoctoral fellowships to focus on skin of color research with Dr. Roopal Kundu and Dr. Julia Mhlaba. Fellows will receive a $40,000 stipend. Interested applicants should email as well as submit an online application prior to 2/1/2022. Interviews will occur in February 2022 with offer notifications by March 2022. This research fellowship not only teaches the fellow the joys and rigor of performing clinical research in skin of color, but importantly immerses the fellow in didactics and mentorship. The fellow is expected to spend a substantial portion of their time immersed in several investigator-initiated clinical research activities and the remainder of time gaining clinical exposure to patients of color in the Northwestern Center for Ethnic Skin & Hair (NCESH).

To Apply

To apply for either clinical fellowship, please complete our Research Fellowship Application Form. For additional information or assistance, please contact Stephanie M. Rangel, PhD.

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