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Research Fellowships

The Department of Dermatology is proud to host several Research Fellowship opportunities.

If you are an MD interested in our NIH-funded T32 Program in Cutaneous Biology postdoctoral fellowship, please click here.

If you are a postdoctoral MD graduate or predoctoral student looking to do a clinical-based fellowship, navigate to our "Clinical Research Fellowships" section below.

If you are a high school or undergraduate student interested in a fellowship, navigate to our "CounterACT Summer Research Fellowship Program" section below.

 Clinical Research Fellowships

All fellowships will be accepting applicants until 2/1/2024. Any application received after 2/1/2024 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 2024.

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.

To Apply for the MD Graduate or Predoctoral Fellowship:

To apply for either clinical fellowship, please complete our Research Fellowship Application Form, linked below. For references, please provide the names and corresponding contact information for 3 professional references. 

Click Here for the Research Fellowship Application Form

For additional information or assistance, please contact

View our Current Research Fellows

 CounterACT Summer Research Fellowship Program

Program Information

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 2024 internship will tentatively run from June 12, 2024 and through August 16, 2024.

Application Process for the CounterACT Summer Research Program:

Our application for our summer 2024 program will open November 1, 2023 through February 1, 2024. Online application link can be found here: 

For more information about the summer fellowship, please email  

Applications will be reviewed in February and the selection committee will invite qualified candidates to a zoom interview in March. Final decisions will be made by April 2024.

Contact Us

CounterACT Education and Enrichment Director

Stephanie M. Rangel, PhD

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