Dermatology Interest Group in the Department of Dermatology

Funding Resources

A variety of national funding sources are available to medical students interested in doing dermatology research.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP)
Deadline: Online application is due in January
Stipend: $33,700
Duration: One year
Location: NIH Campus at Bethesda, MD
From the MRSP website: "The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or at close by NIH facilities, that matches their professional interests and career goals. The MRSP is a residential program and comfortable furnished apartments, on or proximal to the NIH campus, are provided at fair market rates. Participating student scholars are required to reside in one of the available MRSP housing options. " Learn more about the MRSP program and apply online at the MRSP website.

Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF)
Deadline: Online application due in January
Stipend: $29,000
Duration: One year
Location: Various international sites
From the Doris Duke website: "The International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries. Clinical research requires a unique blend of medical and research skills. The ICRF program was designed to support this blending of skills by giving medical students an outstanding clinical research experience in global health while they are in the midst of developing their medical proficiency. The long-term goal of this program is to develop the next generation of clinical investigators working in global health." Learn more about the ICRF program and apply online at the IRCF website.

Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) Fellowship
Deadline: Online application due in December
Stipend: Provided
Duration: One year
Location: Various international sites
From the GHES website: "The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) fellowship is a one-year mentored research fellowship sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The GHES program brings together a consortium that includes the University of California, Berkeley, Florida International University, Stanford University, and Yale University; and 12 affiliated international sites across 11 countries." Learn more about the GHES fellowship program and apply online at the GHES website.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program
Deadline: Online application due in December
Stipend: $29,000
Duration: One year
Location: Various domestic sites
From the HHMI website: "Conduct research at any academic or nonprofit institution in the U.S., except the NIH. You choose your own mentor and develop your basic, translational, or applied research project." Additionally, students interested in pursuing cutting-edge work in imaging techniques or neuroscience can complete their fellowship year at Janelia Farm. Learn more about the Medical Research Fellows Program and apply online at the HHMI website.

The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
Deadline: Online application due in December
Stipend: Provided
Duration: One year
Location: CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, GA
From the CDC Foundation website: "The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship in applied epidemiology for medical students. The program is designed to increase the pool of physicians with a population health perspective. Each year, eight competitively selected medical students from around the country spend 10-12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. At CDC they gain an in-depth understanding of applied epidemiology, the role of epidemiology in medicine and health, and the role of physicians in the public health system. With the guidance of experienced CDC epidemiologists, they perform epidemiologic analyses and research, design public health interventions and assist in field investigations. Possible areas of concentration include birth defects, injury prevention, chronic disease, infectious disease, environmental health, reproductive health and minority health." Learn more about the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and apply online at the CDC website.

Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) Medical Student Research Grant
Deadline: Online application due in November
Stipend: $3,000
Duration: 3 months - 1 year
Location: Various sites
From the MRF website: the purpose of the grant is "to provide opportunities and funding for medical students to engage in short clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the biology and treatment of melanoma." Learn more about the MRF Medical Student Research Grant and apply online at the MRF website.

American Skin Association (ASA) Medical Student Grant Targeting Melanoma
Deadline: Online application due in October
Stipend: $7,000, renewable for one year
Duration: flexible
Location: Various sites
According to the ASA, the purpose of the grant is to "[support] medical students to do research in the area of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer." Learn more about the ASA Medical Student Grant Targeting Melanoma and apply online at the ASA website.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Diversity Mentorship Program
Deadline: Online application due in December
Stipend: $1500
Duration: 160 hours over the course of 1 month
Location: Various sites
According to the AAD, the purpose of the grant is to "[offer] hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about dermatology as a medical specialty through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice." Individuals who are underrepresented in medicine are eligible to apply. Learn more about the AAD Diversity Mentorship Program and apply online at the AAD website.

American Dermatological Association (ADA) Medical Student Fellowship
Deadline: Online application due in April
Stipend: $700 per month, up to 3 months
Duration: flexible
Location: Various sites
According to the ADA, the purpose of the grant is to support research in the field of dermatology. The fellowship requires a paper application. Queries may be sent directly to the ADA.

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