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American Federation for Aging Research

Since 1981, AFAR has provided approximately $132 million to more than 2,800 talented investigators and students. Two grants that students can apply to are listed below. To learn more about each grant as well as other funding opportunities, please visit:


Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages. For more information, please visit:


Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established in order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research. The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. For more information, please visit:


Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program

Provides opportunity for Baltimore-area students enrolled in graduate programs in the health and human service fields to put their ideas into practice by designing a community service project that helps meet the needs of underserved communities. Each year the program selects 15 to 20 fellows for the Baltimore Program. Stipend provided. Applications are due in early February each year. For more information, please visit:


CDC Hubert Global Health Fellowship

This fellowship provides third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students with public health experience in a developing country. The main focus of the fellowship is a 6- to 12-week field assignment where fellows are mentored by experienced CDC staff and learn through hands-on experience while working on a public health project. For more information, please visit:


Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

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. Students must be matriculated at a U.S.-based medical school to be eligible for the ICRF. For more information, please visit:


Epidemiology Fellowship at the CDC

This is a 10–12 month fellowship for medical students who have completed their second or third year of medical school. Through a structured curriculum and hands-on experience, the program provides medical students with skills and knowledge of the following:
  • Applied epidemiology
  • The role of epidemiology in medicine and health
  • The role of physicians in the public health system

The fellowship is held at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and begins in August. Fellows receive a stipend for living expenses.


Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellowship

Medical, dental, and veterinary students are in a unique position to advance biomedical research and translate findings from the lab into the treatment of disease. The HHMI Medical Fellows Program gives these students a chance to focus on a research project full-time and determine how they can incorporate research into their professional careers. For more information, please visit:


The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

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 research interests and career goals. The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.

MRSP scholars will experience the full continuum of biomedical research—the bench, the bedside, between both and beyond. The MRSP offers:

  • Lectures on seminal basic, translational and clinical research topics that highlight the continuum of discovery, as well as issues in bioethics, science policy and emerging technologies
  • Training in clinical protocol development and the conduct of human subjects research
  • Clinical teaching rounds focusing on NIH research patients
  • Academic leadership and drug development training
  • Dedicated research mentor and advisor
  • NIH Clinical Center courses such as "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" and the "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research"

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Sarnoff Endowment Fellowship

The mission of Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation is to engage medical students and young investigators in a personalized research experience with preeminent cardiovascular scientists, and to foster the next generation of leaders in the field. The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers research opportunities for outstanding medical students to explore careers in cardiovascular research. Applicants must be enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools. Sarnoff Fellows conduct intensive work in a research facility, located in the United States, for one year. Prior research experience is not a prerequisite. What makes Sarnoff unique is our lifetime commitment to the Fellow. A member of our Scientific Committee guides the Fellow during the research year and throughout the Fellow's career. The Fellow interacts with other Fellows, Scholars and Foundation leaders at the Sarnoff Foundation's Annual Scientific Meetings, Sarnoff-sponsored regional events, and at other scientific conferences. For more information, please visit: