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HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation's pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,400 students have participated in the program, which allows students to choose their own mentor; develop a basic, translational, or applied research project; and conduct full-time research.

HHMI offers two options for medical, dental, and veterinary students to engage in research training:

  • A year-long program in which fellows conduct research at an academic or nonprofit institution in the US, except the National Institutes of Health, at HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus, or at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa.
  • A summer program that offers students the opportunity to do research in the laboratory of an HHMI investigator, early career scientist, HHMI professor, or Janelia research.
Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school in the United States.
These fellowships are not available to students enrolled in a combined medical, dental, or veterinary/Ph.D. program (e.g., M.D./ Ph.D.), a Ph.D. program, or an Sc.D. program or to those who have completed a Ph.D. or an Sc.D. in a laboratory-based science.

For more information and to apply, visit the HHMI Medical Research Fellows website.

Last updated: December 2016

Fields of Study:

  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Research


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • 8-10 weeks or 1 year


  • November (Janelia Program), January (all others) 

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • $32,000 stipend + $5,500 allowance for research-related enrichment activities + $5,500 allowance for health/dental/vision insurance and education & moving expenses