Students are strongly encouraged to meet with Dr. Utz (Director of the Berg Scholars Program) during Autumn Quarter of their first year of medical school so he can assist with selecting a research mentor and to engage in career development activities. Students can formally apply to become a Berg Scholar at the end of the second year. Deadline dates will be provided to candidates when they meet with Dr. Utz. Please review the How to Apply page for more information.
Approximately 5 or 6 Berg Scholars will be selected during Autumn Quarter each year. Please ensure you have made your intentions for applying known by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the summer quarter following the end of your second year.
In most cases, no. A stipulation of our award is that Berg Scholars must pursue research that is “laboratory” or “data science” based. Please contact Dr. Utz if you are unsure about a particular research discipline.
You are making substantial progress in your studies; and
Your total percent effort between class, research, and TA-ships does not exceed 125%. TA-ships that require 50% effort (such as anatomy) will not be approved, even if the total percent effort is 125% or less.
Yes, concurrent application is encouraged, and we will assist you with your Knight-Hennessy application. If awarded a Knight-Hennessy fellowship, then funding is not additive. Successful applicants will be enrolled in both programs, funded for 3 years by Knight-Hennessy, and the remaining years funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF). Upon leaving Stanford, graduates will be designated as “Berg Scholars” and as “Knight-Hennessy Fellows.”
Yes. We fully anticipate that a significant proportion of Stanford MD students will still pursue careers as physician scientists while spending 5 years in medical school. We strongly encourage students to take full advantage of our many career development offerings.
No. Any existing scholarships, fellowships, or grant-related funding will be retained by the student. Burroughs Wellcome Fund funding will be used to supplement existing merit or need based funding. A formal funding plan will be described in writing at the time of a Berg Scholar offer.