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Medical Research Fellows Program
Medical, dental, and veterinary students are in a unique position to advance biomedical research and translate findings from the lab into the treatment of disease. The HHMI Medical Fellows Program gives these students a chance to focus on a research project full-time and determine how they can incorporate research into their professional careers.

Established in 1989, the Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,600 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 for one full year.

Medical Fellows conduct research at an academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health or other federal agencies; at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, or at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. The program provides unparalleled enrichment opportunities with HHMI investigators, other renowned physician-scientists, alumni and peers to enhance career development and build community.

“The HHMI medical student research fellowship was a deciding experience in my path to a laboratory-based physician-scientist career. It was truly a life-altering year. I am now an independent investigator with a research program focused on integrating chemical genomic, genetic, and proteomic approaches to discover new protein targets and lead compounds for cancer therapy.”

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
HHMI Medical Fellow, 1994
HHMI Physician-Scientist Early Career Awardee, 2006