HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical, Veterinary and Dental Students at U.S. Schools

In order to encourage more students to pursue careers as physician-scientists, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers an outstanding year-long research training program for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply. 

For 2nd and 3rd Year Students:

1) HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, veterinary, and dental students to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States except government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2017.

Applicants must have prior wet-lab research experience. Mentor selection and research proposal preparation are key components of the application process.

For the 2017-2018 program year, Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance, relocation expenses, if applicable, and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for conference travel and research-related enrichment activities. The online application is open.  Deadline is January 11, 2017.

Additional Medical Fellows conducting research in the following areas may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI.

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy research (Partner: Duchenne Research Fund);
  • Epilepsy research (Partner: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy);
  • Genetics research (Partner: American Society of Human Genetics); mentor must be ASHG member;
  • Inherited retinal degenerative disease research (Partner: Foundation

Fighting Blindness);

  • Orthopaedic research (Partner: Orthopaedic Research and Education


  • Parkinson’s disease research (Partner: Parkinson’s Disease Foundation);
  • Preclinical research in interventional radiology (Partner: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation); mentor must be SIR member;
  • Veterinary student research (Partner: Burroughs Wellcome Fund).

The application process is the same for partner-funded fellowships. Students will designate their interest in a partnership-funded fellowship in the HHMI application.

2) The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia offers students with an interest in fundamental neuroscience and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, a world-class research center in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 1, 2016 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.


2017 School of Medicine Commencement

On Friday 5/19/17, we celebrated the graduation of our PSTP students: Carolyn Black, Christopher Fortenbach, and Andrew Wong. They will be heading for the East Coast! Congratulations!

American Federation for Medical Research and Participating Societies
Western Regional Meeting - Call for Abstracts

Western Regional Meetings
January 26-28, 2017
Carmel, California

Abstract Deadline:
September 30, 2016

PSTP/VSTP Annual Colloquium

colloquium pic

On Monday 5/18/15, students, faculty, and staff of the Physician Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) and Veterinary Scientist Training Program (D.V.M./Ph.D.) convened for a day of research talks, posters, and intellectual stimulation. We had the honor of hosting Dr. Lawrence Brass, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania.The Colloquium was held this year in Gladys Valley Hall on the Davis campus of UC Davis.

PSTP Sendoff/Check-In Lunch

PSTP Group Lunch

Residency Match Celebration

On Sunday 4/19/15 a handful of PSTP students met at Burgers and Brew in Davis to celebrate the residency matching of Samir and Weston and the Ph.D. completions of Carolyn and Chris, and to welcome John Paul to the PSTP family.

Burgers and Brew Lunch

Weekly PSTP/VSTP Journal Club

On the first Tuesday of each month PSTP and VSTP students and directors convene over dinner to discuss one or two journal articles of a translational nature. PSTP and VSTP students collaborate in presenting and facilitating discussion of the articles.

PSTP students, advisors and mentors meet yearly to share ideas, ptichers, BBQ and pool volleyball.