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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Medical Student Research Fellowship

This is an opportunity for UC Davis School of Medicine students to enhance their medical training through direct participation in basic science, clinical investigation, or health care delivery research. The Medical Student Research Fellowship Program was developed to provide funding for students interested in gaining academic experience. Students are strongly encouraged to consider this important opportunity, and faculty members are urged to identify potential candidates for this program. Please review the attached announcement and instructions and share this information with other students and faculty.

To view posters submitted by MSRF students that were featured at the UC Davis School of Medicine Poster Day 2016, please visit:

Purpose of Program

To promote medical student research in areas of clinical investigation or basic science. The program is intended to enrich the medical school experience by enabling students to work directly with creative faculty and pursue topics of interest in a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Selection of Candidates and Application Procedure

UC Davis medical students in good standing at all levels are eligible to apply. Students interested in the program need to:
1) Review the attached instructions and complete the application below;
2) Identify a faculty sponsor;
3) Work with the sponsor to develop a meaningful academic proposal; and
4) Submit the completed application by the due date.
Awards will be based on a) the merit of the proposed studies, b) the potential of the student, and c) the research record of the sponsor.

Applications will be judged both on scientific merit and the program designed by both the student and mentor to achieve training goals. Both the student and mentor in the application must clearly and explicitly state these goals. Research projects which involve more than one student applicant should clearly state the roles of each student applicant. The application should primarily be developed and written by the student with input and direction from the sponsor. Applications clearly derived from existing grants of the sponsor will have less favorable consideration.

Period of Training

Projects of four weeks to a year of full time effort are eligible. Students applying for a one year fellowship should use the TL1 Application (for further information on the TL1 program click here).

Deadline for Submission of Applications

Applications must be completed in accordance with the instructions provided with the application packet.
The deadline dates are:

Spring Awards - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Download Announcement

Download Application

Download Application Instructions

Contact Us

For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Saul Schaefer, M.D.
Director of Medical Student Research
UC Davis School of Medicine
Phone: (530) 752-0718

Submit applications by email to:

Jenifer Wang
Research and Promotions
Medical Education Building, Clinical Skills Suite
Phone: (916) 734-8494