Alternate Scholarship Resources
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• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's undergraduate and international programs have collaborated over the past several years to facilitate the placement of undergraduates from HHMI grantee institutions in the laboratories of HHMI International Research Scholars. They offer these placements to provide enriching experiences for students with leading scientists in other countries, and in laboratories where English is spoken.
From the National Association of Fellowships Advisors
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute will award at least 80 five-year fellowships for full-time study toward a Ph.D. or an Sc.D. degree in the biological sciences. The fellowships are intended for students who have completed less than one year of graduate study toward an M.S., a Ph.D., or an Sc.D. degree in the biological sciences. Students who hold or are pursuing medical or dental degrees (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S.) may also be eligible to apply for fellowship support for study toward a Ph.D. or an Sc.D.
How to Apply
Students interested in summer placement opportunities should choose up to five scientists from among the entire list of 127 Scholars on their website and contact the Clark Science Center or Associate Director Christian Lagier (firstname.lastname@example.org) to begin the application process.
For HHMI application strategies from past winners, look at the Live to Learn Fellowships Resource link here.
• Medical Missionaries Fellowship
See here: http://medmissionaries.org/id17.html
• Medical School
Find financial aid to help defray the cost of medical school.
- The Soros and Truman can be used for medical school, to the extent that the candidate's goals fulfill the other requirements of the program.
- The honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta, offers fellowships that can be used for med school.
- The National Italian American Scholarship can be used for medical school.
- The Tylenol Scholarship provides funding for students pursuing careers in healthcare.
- The Honor Society Scholarships -- Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi -- may be for medical school.
- The M.A. Cartland Shackford Medical Fellowship (for women).
- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarships.
- AAMC Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).
- Local community foundations.
- The armed services have programs that will pay for medical school (and pay a generous stipend while one is in school) in return for a specified length of service.
- Ethnic American organizations, such as
(Chinese American Medical Society scholarships).
- Join the American Medical Student Association. There are opportunities posted by this group not found in many other places. Pre-med
students can join.
• NIH Research Scholars
The National Institutes of Health--University of Cambridge Health Science Research Scholars and the National Institutes of Health--University of Oxford Scholars doctoral programs permit American students to pursue collaborative biomedical research projects b etween a laboratory at NIH and either Oxford or Cambridge University, leading to a Ph.D. from that university.
The Oxford/Cambridge program allows students to complete a Ph.D. in any area of biomedical research in three or four years. Roughly half of their thesis work is done on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and the other half is done at Oxford or Cambridge, where they are members of colleges and participate fully in university life.
The Oxford/Cambridge program has attracted outstanding students (the average GPA for the 2006 entering class was 3.9) and the program accepts the top 9% of the applicant pool. About one-third of the program's students come from medical schools.
Students in the program are fully funded for their tuition, college fees, health insurance, and stipend. They also receive a laptop computer and a generous travel allowance. Financial support has just been approved for students desiring to complete combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees through the program.
The application deadline is in January. Oxford and Cambridge are formally separate programs but admissions are combined, so students choose after acceptance.