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Medical Research Scholars Program


The Medical Research Scholars Program is a year long resreach immersion program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, offering a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and featuring a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow's leaders in medicine and biomedical research.


The 12 month program is designed for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a strong interest in conducting basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological research and are currently enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program.

Dental and veterinary students: due to the integrated nature of the third and fourth (clinical) years, participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your second or fourth year in school.

Program Curriculum Benefits How to Apply
  • Scholars participate in the full continuum of biomedical research—from bench investigations to bedside applications 
  • Dedicated lectures highlighting the process of discovery,including bioethics, science policy and emerging technologies
  • Interactive case-centered Clinical Teaching Rounds with investigators presenting their research with participating patients and families
  • Journal Clubs
  • Training in clinical protocol development and the conduct of human subjects research
  • Monthly networking sessions with nationally renowned great teachers
  • Workshops in career-life balance, CV-writing, and interviewing
  • Annual stipend
  • Furnished residential housing
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Funding support for conference travel, scientific courses, and textbooks
  • The application cycle for the 2020-2021 class will be October 1, 2019-January 10, 2020

Acknowledgement Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and generous contributions to the Foundation for the NIH from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Association for Dental Research, the Colgate-Palmolive Company,Genentech, alumni of student research programs, and other individual supporters via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

What's New

Press Release: NIH Announces 2019-2020 Medical Research Scholars Program Class

MRSP Informational Webinar: November 7, 2019 1PM EST
Join webinar via computer or mobile device
Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208
Meeting Number: 621 063 601
Meeting Password: MRSP2020

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This page last updated on 10/09/2019

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