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Additional Funding Options

 

Generally UCSF students have a high success rate at obtaining research funding. Sources that UCSF students have been very successful in obtaining are marked with a .
All other fellowships and awards generally apply to fewer students or may represent new sources of funding.


General Information

Most fellowships have application deadlines in the fall or winter but do not permit activation of the awards until the following summer. Funding agencies never make awards for research that has already been completed and only rarely fund projects that are in progress.

After reviewing these sources of funding you should search GrantsNet. The site, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, provides one-stop shopping for scientists looking for grants, fellowships and other sources of support. Use of the site is free, although it does require registration. Automatic e-mail notification of updates is available as an option for registered users.

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Summer Research Funding Sources

Students who are doing research in the summer following the first year are not registered but they are eligible for work-study support (contact the Financial Aid Office). Fellowship support for summer research is available from a number of sources. Most of the application deadlines for summer funding are in the winter or spring quarters. All funding agencies require the student (with the help of the sponsor) to write a brief description of the proposed research. You should allow at least a month to choose a research sponsor and write your proposal.

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Funding Sources for Research Block Electives 

Students may apply to extramural agencies for funding to support research electives. If you plan to apply for outside funding, you should bear in mind that the application deadlines for the fellowships appropriate to your research project may be as much as a year before the date on which you plan to start your project.

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Funding Sources for Extended Programs

If you add an extra year to do research you are eligible for a fifth year of financial aid; however, because funds available to the Financial Aid Office are limited, the aid you receive in your fifth year will consist entirely of loans. This, of course, means an increase in your total debt at graduation. If you plan ahead, you may be able to obtain a fellowship and thereby fund your research year without taking out additional loans.

Planning for a full year of research should begin early in the fall. The funding agencies that offer appropriate fellowships have deadlines ranging from November to April. In most cases, the fellowships cannot be activated until the following July. Many students find that the process of selecting a research sponsor, deciding on a project, writing a proposal, and arranging for the required letters from the Dean and your sponsor takes about 2 months. If you would like help in choosing a sponsor or in identifying the funding agencies most appropriate for your project, consult Dr. Lowenstein (lowenstein@medsch.ucsf.edu).

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Additional Funding Options (Note: sources may be out of date. Update underway.)
Source Summer Research Block Electives   Extended Programs  
AIDS Clinical Research Center Grants Checkmark Checkmark  
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Student Research Fellowship
Deadline December
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Students from any school with an active AOA chapter are eligible, but each school may nominate only one candidate. For more information on selection, contact Phaedra Bell (BellP1@medsch.ucsf.edu)
AMA Foundation
Seed Grant Research Program

Deadline December
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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Summer Fellowship Grants
Deadline December 
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American Academy of Dermatology Summer Intership and Mentor Program for Minority Medical Students
Deadline April 
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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Drug Abuse & Addiction
Deadline March
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American Brain Tumor Association
Medical Student Summer Fellowship
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The American Brain Tumor Association provides a medical student summer fellowship for brain tumor research ($2500). UCSF medical students interested in a summer project, must contact: Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD
Director, UCSF Pediatric Neurological Surgery Program
American Dermatological Association
Medical Student Fellowship
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American Diabetes Association Medical Scholars Program
Deadline February 
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American Federation for Aging
Medical Student Summer Research Training at UCSF
Deadline February 
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American Heart Association Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke
Deadline April 
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American Heart Association & American Stroke Association Medical Student Research Program
Deadline: March
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American Osler Society
William B. Bean Student Research Award

in Medical History and/or Medical Humanism
Deadline March
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American Psychiatric Association's Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry
Deadline April
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American Society of Hematology
Minority Medical Student Award Program
Deadline March 14
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Angiogenesis Foundation Summer Research Fellowship Checkmark Checkmark  
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Research Fellowship in Community Health
Deadline March 15
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Association for Academic Minority Physicians Minority Medical Student Summer Research Program Checkmark    
Bertram V.A. Low-Beer Memorial Fellowship in Oncology   Checkmark  

Betty Ford Center Summer Institute for Medical Students
Deadline March 15

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California Academy of Family Physicians Summer Externship Program
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Case Western Reserve University - Skin Diseases Research Center Minority Medical Student Summer Fellowship   Checkmark  
Child Neurology Foundation
Medical Student Summer Scholarships

1st & 2nd year medical students contact Donna Ferriero if you are interested: FerrieroD@neuropeds.ucsf.edu. She can also help you locate a research mentor in child neurology.
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Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases Summer Oncology Research Fellowship
Deadline March
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Deafness Research Foundation Fellowships     Checkmark
DH Blair Venture Capital Summer Associate Program in New York
Deadline March 
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Fight for Sight
Summer Student Fellowships
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Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Checkmark Checkmark  
Fulbright Student Program   Checkmark  
Howard Hughes Medical Institute NIH Scholars Program
Deadline January 
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowships
Deadline January 
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Infectious Diseases Society of America Summer Scholarships for Medical Students
Deadline April
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Institute for the Future      
Long range forecasting in healthcare      
Linker Fellowship in Biomedical Research
Deadline April
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Lupus Foundation of America Student Summer Fellowships Checkmark Checkmark  
Mayo Clinic Patient-Oriented Research Training Program Year-Long Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities     Checkmark
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Summer Research in Oncology
Deadline February
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Merck/Association for Academic Minority Physicians Minority Medical Student Summer Research Program Checkmark Checkmark  
National Institutes of Health Clinical Research Training Program
Deadline January 
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National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Training Award     Checkmark
National Institutes of Health Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Minority students who select sponsors with NIH funding are eligible to apply for funding through this award. You and your sponsor write a supplement to your sponsor's original NIH grant requesting money for your support. There is no specific deadline, but the review process takes about 3 months.
National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellowship Program
Deadline March 
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National Medical Fellowships Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine for Minority Students   Checkmark  
New York Academy of Medicine
Student Grants and Fellowships
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New York City Department of Health Research Training Program   Checkmark  
NHLBI Summer Minority Student Research Program
Deadline March 
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New York Department of Health - Health Research Training Program
Deadline March 
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Pathways to Discovery Student Research Fellowship
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Five $23,000 fellowships awarded for UCSF medical students committed to 12 months of full time research
Pine Family Foundation for Catastrophic Disease Research Checkmark Checkmark  
Oregon Health & Science University - Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Summer Research Fellowship
Deadline May
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Ralston Scholarship in the Neurosciences
Deadline April 
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One scholarship of $2,250 is available for a UCSF student who is carrying out fundamental research in the neurosciences. To apply, complete the form for the Student Research Committee Fellowships and attach a cover letter indicating that you are applying for both awards.
Summer Training on Aging Research Topics - Mental Health (SMART-MH) Fellowship
Deadline: January
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Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science Fellowship
Deadline January
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Sjorgen's Syndrome Student Summer Fellowships Checkmark Checkmark  
Society for Pediatric Research/American Pediatric Society Student Research Program
Deadline January 
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Stanley Scholars Program Checkmark    
Fellowships for work in psychiatry. For information contact Dr. Samuel Barondes at 476-7066 or barondes@cgl.ucsf.edu
St Jude Children's Research Hospital - Oncology Education Program
Deadline February 
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UCSF School of Medicine Quarterly Research Fellowship
Deadlines January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15
    Quarterly
These awards are available to UCSF medical students who have extended their medical school programs for the purpose of doing full-time research. Students doing 3 months of research will receive $4,000, and can reapply for a consecutive term for funding. Completed applications should be delivered to the Office of Curricular Affairs.
UCSF School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship
Deadline April 
Summer Fellowships    
United States Pharmacopeia
Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline January
Summer Internship Program
Deadline January
Summer Fellowships    
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Summer Research Program
Deadline February
Summer Fellowships    
Vanderbilt University Medical Student Research Training Program in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases
Deadline February
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XDx Fellowship in Molecular Diagnostics
Deadline January

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