Medical students often choose to undertake research during the summer between the first and second years of medical school. Opportunities exist for students to participate in basic biomedical, clinical, translational, educational, community-based, public health/epidemiology and outcomes research.

Short-Term Summer Research Opportunities: UAB
Medical Student Summer Research Programs (MSSRP): 2018

External Funding Opportunities for Research: UAB Campus
Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowship offers research support for 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 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.

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA ) Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 grants awarded to medical students wishing to spend a summer learning new skills and techniques with esteemed scientists who serve as research mentors. Through this opportunity, the ABTA hopes to inspire future physician-scientists to apply their talents and expertise to the brain tumor field. 
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Scientific Councils are pleased to invite applications for the 2018 Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke and the 2018 Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Surgery. All applications must be complete and submitted through the Council Awards Application System (January 30, 2018 to March 30, 2018. Each applicant and applicant's preceptor must be members of the AHA/ASA at the time of application.

American Society of Hematology offers the Society's Physician-Scientist Career Development Award. This award is a new opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a yearlong laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member. Check with your mentor for ASH membership. 

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) offers financial support for students to spend time performing research on topics relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) for a minimum of 10 weeks. CCFA hopes to stimulate research interest in the areas of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

EMF/SAEM Medical Student Research Grant - The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF) jointly award stipends to encourage medical students to engage in and to be exposed to emergency medicine research.

HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) - The HIVMA medical program supports HIV-related clinical learning, research projects and mentor relationships for students at accredited U.S. medical schools. Selected medical students receive free HIVMA/IDSA membership, a $3,500 stipend per year for up to three years, and have flexibility in designing curriculum to complement their schools' curriculum and training, dependent on successfully meeting annual milestones. The program provides an additional $1,000 for mentors and institutions for incidental expenses including supplies and conference registration. First, second and third year students are eligible to apply. Mentors must be HIVMA members, and must demonstrate a commitment to student mentorship for the duration of the grant. 

North American Society for Thrombosis & Hemostasis is a scholarly society whose missions include fostering new investigators interested in thrombosis and hemostasis research. NASTH Research Fellowship is an 8-10 week program aimed at introducing students to the field of hemostasis and thrombosis by supporting the students’ work on targeted research projects. Deadline for requesting a mentor is February 8, 2018 and the application deadline is March 30, 2018. 

Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) is for research into both neurological and non-neurological concerns in rehabilitation research. The UAB PM&R Department is a site sponsor and the Association of Academic Physiatrist funds the program. For additional information, students can contact Dr. Victor Mark at

External Short-Term Summer Research Opportunities
2018 Summer Clinical Otolaryngology Research (SCORE) Program – This is an 8-week summer program opportunity to pursue research and observe clinical care in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. 

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Investing in the Future Student Research Summer Fellowship supports digestive disease and nutrition-related research projects. Highly qualified students will work in the labs of top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) Through MMSAP, medical students who are interested in the field of hematology complete an 8 to 12 week research experience in the lab of an ASH member. This program is open to minority medical students from the United States or Canada who are enrolled in a DO, MD or MD/PhD program.  If selected, students receive a stipend of $5000 for a research project, an allowance of $1000 for travel to the ASH annual meeting, $1000 after the ASH annual meeting for presenting their research at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event, complementary online subscriptions to the journals Blood and The Hematologist, and guidance from a career-development mentor. 

American Society for Nephrology: Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) Program – ASN Kidney TREKS fosters interest in nephrology and research careers through a week-long retreat focused on renal physiology at Mount Desert Island Biologic Laboratories in Bar Harbor, ME, combined with a long-term mentorship program with a member of their local nephrology division.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Summer Internship Scholarship introduces to first and second year medical students in a North American medical school with the goal of broadening their educational experience by providing an opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer (June thru September) working in an AATS member's, cardiothoracic surgery department. The Scholarship is funded and administered by the AATS Graham Foundation and provides a grant of $2,500 to the successful applicants for their living expenses during the eight weeks of training at the selected host institution. 

David E. Rogers Student Fellowship Award - is meant to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry as they contribute to the health of communities, and to address the human needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content of the Fellowship might include clinical investigation, public health/epidemiology, health policy analysis, activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure and human or community need. 

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin - Summer Research Assistantship - offers an exciting research opportunity for medical students. The 2 to 3-month Summer Research Assistant position provides an opportunity to closely work with leading Dell Medical School faculty on clinical and/or care delivery research projects over the course of an 8-12 week period. Students will have opportunities to interact with faculty and other leaders in fields ranging from Anesthesiology to Orthopaedics to Urology, depending on the student’s interests. Eligible students can apply by sending a letter of interest and CV to Lauren Uhler, Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. For more information, please see the Position Description

HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Medical Student Program - This program supports HIV-related clinical learning, research projects and mentor relationships during medical school. First, second and third-year medical students are eligible to apply, and have flexibility in designing curriculum to complement their schools' curriculum and training. They receive free HIVMA/IDSA membership, and a $3,500 stipend per year for up to three years, dependent on successfully meeting annual milestones. The program provides an additional $1,000 for mentors and institutions for incidental expenses including supplies and conference registration. Coverage on developments in HIV, TB, and more from the conference can be found here.

HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) -  The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latinx medical students with opportunities to conduct independent research while receiving mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development opportunities. Short and long term research options available. The complete Request for Applications can be found at

Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Student Program at the Siteman Cancer Center provides opportunities for undergraduate, premed and medical students enrolled at Washington University or other accredited universities to work on cancer research projects during the summer. 

Medical Student Enrichment Program (MSEP) provides UAB students, who are in good academic standing, with short-term service and training opportunities in developing countries and underserved areas throughout the world. It is designed to encourage and develop humanitarian attitudes and cross-cultural understanding among UAB students. It fosters interest in assisting underserved populations, and stimulates and supports a "whole world" understanding of medicine. Application details

Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Summer Program provides students with a challenging and rewarding experience that exposes them to the opportunities within the medical field of anesthesiology and research. 

Medical Student Research Initiation Grant from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons provides opportunities for medical students to participate in clinical or laboratory-base research focused on diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.

Medical Student Research Training Program - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine invites applications for the Medical Student Research Training Program for the summer of 2018. This program allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of diabetes and obesity, kidney disease, and digestive disease.

Memorial Sloan Ketterling (MSK) Summer Fellowship Program is an NCI-sponsored research program for first- or second-year students at accredited US medical schools.  All students interested in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences are encouraged to apply.

Nth Dimensions Summer Internship Program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable first-hand clinical and research experience at a critical time in your medical school career. Internships are available in Orthopaedics and Radiology. 

NASTH Research Fellowship is an 8-10 week program aimed at introducing students to the field of hemostasis and thrombosis by supporting the students’ work on targeted research projects. The experience includes collaboration with a research mentor, a $5,000 stipend and a $2,000 travel allowance to present at the bi-annual THSNA Summit.  Sponsoring lab/organization receives a $1,000 stipend.  Mentor Request Forms are due February 8, 2018 and applications are due March 30, 2018.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) training grant provides summer research opportunities to medical students at NYU. The grant provides fellowships for students doing basic research with an NYU faculty mentor in diabetes, digestive disorders, and kidney diseases for up to 8 weeks in duration and a summer stipend of approximately $3,896. Review will be given to all applications. Additional Resources: Core Competencies and Expectations 

NYU Langone Emergency Medicine Summer Medical Student Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to increasing diversity within the field of Emergency Medicine. Underrepresented minorities interested in Emergency Medicine are encouraged to apply to the 5-week (July 2 to August 3, 2018) Summer Fellowship. Funded positions include housing. 

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association - APDA Summer Student Fellowship is a joint award sponsored by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the American Parkinson’s Disease Association is for undergraduate and medical students to complete 10 weeks of research in the laboratory of a PD expert. The stipend is $4,000, to be used towards at the discretion of the awardee for living expenses, tuition, etc. Additionally, awardees can apply for up to $1,000 to present their data within the following academic year at a national or international PD-related conference.

Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. 

Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology at Roswell Park  - Through this internship experience, you will gain either first-hand research or clinical experience by working full-time on an independent clinical or scientific cancer-related research project. Funding support is provided by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. 

Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is now accepting applications for the summer program. SRTP offers students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in 9-weeks of cutting-edge research opportunities.

St. Baldrick's Foundation - The St. Baldrick's Summer Fellows award offers a $5,000 stipend (one per institution) for a student to work on pediatric oncology research.

Summer Cancer Research Education Program (SCREP) is a collobration among Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. The program invites graduate and medical students to participate in an 8-week summer cancer research education program. Submit questions and completed application to Ann Smith at

Search the AAMC site for opportunities  - Summer and year round programs are available to medical students looking to gain valuable research and clinical experience in a desired specialty. Learn about opportunities for fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships, and grants that are available in the United States and abroad. You will need to login with your AAMC ID/password.   

Search the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) site for research opportunities aimed at increasing diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups. How to search the IBP database tutorial.