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Summer Research Fellowship


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The summer research fellowship was created to address the need for clinical investigators from diverse backgrounds. Health needs of U.S. minority populations have been studied inadequately, due in part to the shortage of clinical investigators belonging to underrepresented groups.

Although the number of clinicians belonging to underrepresented groups has increased, there has not been a corresponding increase in clinical investigators. Students often believe the choice between clinical medicine and research is an either/or decision. This unfortunate misperception is not true for patient-oriented clinical research.

Training in patient-oriented research

Patient-oriented research is the study of research questions that have direct clinical application. Many questions fall at the interface between basic and applied research, within the area of clinical research studies.

The summer research fellowship was created through grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Mayo Clinic. The comprehensive training program prepares underrepresented students for careers in clinical care and patient-oriented research.

Based on their professional interests, students at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota are matched with Mayo investigators and spend at least eight weeks conducting research. Students usually participate in the program in the summer between their first and second years of medical school.

In addition to their research projects, students attend seminars and presentations that introduce clinical research methods and the Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities.

Eligibility requirements

Successful applicants for the summer research fellowship program must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a United States LCME-accredited medical school
  • Currently enrolled as a medical student between first and second year
  • Members of groups the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine considers underrepresented:
    • Black/African American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or US Pacific Islander
    • Persons with life-altering disabilities
    • Other racial and ethnic groups considered to be underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research


Fellowship recipients experience dynamic basic or clinical research while working with nationally and internationally recognized scientists and clinicians.


Summer research fellowships are 8 to 10 weeks in length.

Rolling admission process

Applications are available in the fall and reviewed within a month of submission. Acceptances are offered on a rolling basis.

Early application is recommended.

Application deadline

March 1

Fellowship start date

Second Monday of June. An alternative June date may be negotiable.

Financial support

Summer research fellowship participants receive:

  • A total stipend and benefits package of up to $6,180, which includes a stipend of $4,300 for eight weeks, housing, and flight or mileage reimbursement of up to $600 for travel to and from Rochester, Minn.
  • Competitive travel awards (available to participants who present research at national conferences).


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  • March 5, 2013
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