Who is eligible to apply for MedScholars?
MD students enrolled at Stanford are eligible.
MD students who obtained a PhD prior to matriculation may apply for a fellowship only for research that has focus substantially different from that of their prior doctoral studies.
Students who are pursuing a Dual Degree (e.g. MD/MBA) are not eligible when they "step out" to pursue the dual degree. Stepping out means that you are no longer paying tuition under the School of Medicine for that period of time, and any Financial Aid support is handled through the other degree program. When you "step back in" to the MD program, you resume eligibility for MedScholars.
Students who are in or accepted into an MD/PhD program are not eligible*.
Types of MedScholars Proposals:
For research in summer after first year only
Normally 100% time
For substantial projects in step-out years or with split curriculum
Normally 3-4 100% contiguous research quarters
For research in other configurations that suit the project and student schedules
The earliest you can apply for MedScholars funding is spring of the first year (winter application deadline). MS1 spring quarter will be considered an Innovation Grant.
You may not receive more than the equivalent of 5 full time quarters of funding while in the MD program.
The minimum project size is equivalent to 100% time effort for one academic quarter, which can be structured in 25% increments of time over several quarters.
Eligibility for clerkship students in any year:
- Students registered for clerkships in a quarter in which they will have MedScholars funding must demonstrate at the time of application, that they will have a sufficient number of clerkship periods free to undertake the research proposed:
- 25% MedScholars during clerkships = 3 “free” weeks
- 50% MedScholars during clerkships = 6 “free” weeks
- 75% MedScholars during clerkships = 9 “free” weeks
- 100% MedScholars during clerkships = 11 “free” weeks
The MedScholars office will verify student availability from clerkship at the beginning of each quarter.
*Students holding a MedScholars award at the time they are accepted to an MD/PhD program may continue their MedScholars project and receive their MedScholars funding up to the time that they are admitted to the MD/PhD program. Normally students may not receive MedScholars funds after they are admitted to an MD/PhD program. Students in MD/PhD programs remain ineligible for MedScholars funding until they have defended their doctoral dissertation or officially withdrawn from their PhD program. After that point, students who are still enrolled in the MD program become eligible for MedScholars funding.