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Summer Research Fellowship

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. This comprehensive training program, which typically lasts eight to 10 weeks, prepares underrepresented students for careers in clinical care and patient-oriented research.

The goal of this NHLBI research education program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce in the mission areas of importance to NHLBI. These NHLBI mission areas are biomedical, behavioral, and clinical and social sciences research and training to address cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders.

Based on their professional interests, students at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, are matched with Mayo investigators and spend at least eight weeks conducting research. Fellowship recipients experience dynamic basic or clinical research while working with nationally and internationally recognized scientists and clinicians.

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 Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS).


Eligible for the Summer Research Fellowship are individuals who are:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a United States medical school that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Between the first and second years of medical school
  • Members of groups that Mayo Clinic College of Medicine considers underrepresented:
    • Black/African-American
    • Hispanic or Latino
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or U.S. Pacific Islander
    • People with life-altering disabilities
    • Other racial and ethnic groups considered to be underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research

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, Minnesota
  • Competitive travel awards (available to participants who present research at national conferences)


How to apply

The application deadline is March 1, with a fellowship start date of the second Monday in June. An alternative June start date may be negotiable. Summer research fellowships are eight to 10 weeks.

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


  • Dennis C. Mays, Ph.D.
    • Program Manager-Diversity Grants
    • College of Medicine Office for Diversity
    • Mayo Clinic
      200 First St. SW
      Rochester, MN 55905
    • Phone: 507-266-8911
    • Email:
  • Nov 2, 2015
  • ART841628