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First-Year Yale Medical Student Summer Research

First year Yale medical student summer research applications are due via Medtrics by April 15, 2024. Summer research stipends are awarded in the amount of $565.50/week per student. Stipends are paid on a weekly basis. To be fair to all Yale medical students, this stipend amount is in line with the National Institutes of Health pay level for a predoctoral stipend for research.

Apply for Summer Research Funding

There is a two-step process for applying for summer research funding.

Step One

Students must download the Faculty Mentor Agreement & Department Thesis Chairperson Approval Form, carefully review and complete it, and then obtain signatures from their research mentor and Department Thesis Chair.

Step Two

Students will then need to complete, and submit, their application for First Year Medical Student Summer Research Funding via Medtrics. We encourage students to review the application and to reach out to the OSR with any questions.

Instructions on how to access and submit an application through Medtrics.

Deadlines/Important Dates

Students who would like to request an extension to the stated application submission deadline are required to submit a completed First-Year Yale MD Student Summer Research Extension Request Form to the OSR. Only students who meet the conditions specified, which align with YSM educational policies, qualify for consideration of an extension. Requests to the OSR for an extension must be made at least one week in advance of the application submission deadline.

Dates: Event Description:
November 2023 to January 2024 Decide on a research topic & begin identifying potential mentors
February 2024 Prepare a preliminary draft of research proposal
March 29, 2024 Deadline to submit application to Department Thesis Chair
April 15, 2024 at 8 a.m. Deadline to submit application to the Office of Student Research
May 31, 2024 Students are notified of their funding source via award letter
June 10 – August 25 2024 Conduct research
September 20, 2024 Research summary due to OSR


Funding Logistics for Stipends

Please visit the page Forms, Deadlines, & Funding for information related to stipends for summer research.

External Funding Opportunities

This page shares links for sources of funding for summer research for 1st year Yale medical students, in addition to Office of Student Research funding. It is important that you read the requirements carefully for each fellowship, as they have different eligibility requirements and deadlines.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications for external fellowships are submitted by the business office of the mentor. If you are planning to apply for summer research fellowships from funding sources outside of the Office of Student Research, please contact OSR at least 30 days before the fellowship deadline to discuss the application and to receive supporting documents and letters of recommendation (if needed).

External Funding Opportunity
Medicine - Hematology
Medicine - Gastrointestinal
Medicine - Geriatrics
Emergency Medicine
Medicine - CBPR
Medicine - Hemostasis & Thrombosis
Cancer Research
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepotology, and Nutrition
Health Policy
Pediatric Orthopaedics