Medical Research Fellows Program at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

  • Phd
  • Fully Funded
  • 11 January 2017

The Medical Research Fellows Program encourages the development of future medical-scientists by providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program.

The Medical Research Fellows Program enables students to be immersed in a high-impact, intensive research experience at a critical time in their professional education, before they make plans for residency or postdoctoral training. Unique aspects of the program include national and regional professional development activities, mentorship by physician-scientists, interaction with HHMI investigators, and integration into a community of like-minded peers.

Each student selects and works with a mentor to develop a basic, translational, or applied biomedical research proposal. Both mentor selection and the research proposal are key components of the fellowship application; working with an HHMI scientist is encouraged but not required. Mentors can be at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States (excluding the National Institutes of Health and any other government agency) or at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. There are special requirements for the Med Fellows Program at Janelia, including a prescreening application deadline in early November.

Med Fellows may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI:

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, American Society of Human Genetics (mentor must be ASHG member), Foundation Fighting Blindness (inherited retinal degenerative disease research only), Duchenne Research Fund, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation (mentor must be SIR member), Burroughs Wellcome Fund (veterinary students only).


Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the United States.

U.S. citizenship is not required, but students must be eligible to work with an appropriate visa.

Students cannot be enrolled in a combined medical, dental, or veterinary/PhD program (e.g., MD/PhD) or PhD, or ScD program, or have a PhD or ScD in a laboratory-based biological science.

Previous bench experience is required, with applicants having had one or more substantial research experiences (summer or part-time). For placement at Janelia, students must have an especially strong record of research accomplishment and commitment.


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Stipend of $32,000. Research allowance of $5,500 for research-related enrichment activities (Med Fellows regional events, HHMI investigator meetings, scientific conferences), research-related books. Fellow’s allowance of $5,500 for health, dental, and vision insurance; education-related expenses; and moving expenses (up to $1,500 roundtrip if research is at an institution other than the student’s school). Students funded by one of our partnership initiatives will receive the same level of support and have the same privileges as other Fellows.

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