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Summer Research Fellowships

The Office of Medical Student Affairs funds a limited number of students to pursue research and scholarship under the mentorship of clinicians and scientists. This program is limited to first-year students who have successfully completed their initial course of study.

  • The Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships (MSASF) provides stipends of $1000 for a minimum of four consecutive weeks of research.
  • While priority will be given to projects conducted at NYMC-associated sites (NYMC campus and clinical affiliates), stipends of $1000 will be provided for a limited number of positions outside of the NYMC consortium, where funding is not available. Follow the same instructions below as for the NYMC program.
  • NEW mentor stipends: NYMC-affiliated faculty mentors of MSASF awardees will receive a stipend of $1000 for 6 weeks of mentoring (pro-rated to $666 for 4-week projects). Each mentor will receive a maximum of one stipend regardless of the number of students mentored. No separate application is required.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be in Good Academic Standing (No summer course make-ups or course remediation)
  2. Clinical shadowing opportunities are potentially valuable experiences, but by themselves do not qualify as scholarly work and therefore are not eligible for Consider combining such an experience with the writing of suitably researched case report or literature review.
  3. Awardees must agree to complete an evaluation of the program and submit a written summary of work at the end of the program.
  4. Awardees must complete an IRS Form W-9 upon acceptance to the program (this will be provided to you at the time of your acceptance).

Application Procedure:

  1. First identify a mentor in your area of interest. The Medical Student Research Opportunities Catalog provides a listing of known NYMC-affiliated research/scholarly activities. However, students are by no means limited to this list; if you have specific interests not covered, you are encouraged to contact departments and/or faculty directly to discuss the possibilities of working together.
  2. Once you and your mentor have agreed to work together, you should complete the Fellowship application by following the link provided below.
  3. Download the Summer Research Project Proposal Face Sheet and have it signed by your mentor.  You will need to scan the face sheet together with your proposal for uploading prior to starting the online application process. 
  4. Complete your Project Proposal following instructions on the Project Proposal face sheet.  You will need to scan the face sheet together with your proposal and upload the proposal to your application submission.  We strongly recommend having your mentor review your formal Project Proposal prior to its submission.
  5. Scan the face sheet together with your proposal (or combine as a single digital document) and upload the proposal to your application submission.
  6. The deadline for submitting your proposal is Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Applications submitted after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list for available remaining funding and processed in the order they are received.
  7. Applications without a faculty mentor signature, or those that do not adhere to the Fellowship application and Project Proposal guidelines, will not be considered.
  8. Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-May.

Reports and Disbursements of Funds

The stipends for the MSASF will be paid in two (2) installments. The specific dates are still pending but the first disbursement will be distributed before June 30, 2019 and the remainder will be distributed at the end of the summer program upon receipt of a summary report of your scholarly work, your student evaluation/assessment and faculty evaluation.

Proceed to the MSASF Application

Note: you will need a scanned/electionic file of your Project Proposal Face Sheet (signed by your research mentor) and your Project Proposal prior to starting the online application process. Electronic files can be uploaded as .pdf or .jpg files.