Medical Research Scholars Program

Press Release: NIH Announces 2023-2024 Medical Research Scholars Program Class

The Medical Research Scholars Program is a year long research immersion program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, offering a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and featuring a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow's leaders in medicine and biomedical research.

Portrait of Manuel Cintron
Manuel Cintron, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, MRSP 2022-2023
"Participating in the National Institutes of Health's Medical Research Scholars Program ignited my passion as I witnessed research innovation and the brilliance of world-class researchers. Engaging in epidemiology research allowed me to positively impact underrepresented communities, shaping my commitment to drive meaningful advancements in healthcare and equitable global impact."

Portrait of Christina La Gamma
Christina La Gamma, Penn State College of Medicine, MRSP 2022-2023
"My time in the MRSP afforded me an outstanding professional development opportunity to learn, think, and ask critical questions among established and burgeoning scientists, who are and will be leaders in their fields. It has been a privilege to contribute to groundbreaking research that advances foundational science through patient care. I am confident that this year has fortified my goals of becoming a clinician-scientist dedicated to neuroscience discovery."

Portrait of Fiona Obiezu
Fiona Obiezu, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, MRSP 2022-2023
"The MRSP has been an invaluable experience as an aspiring physician scientist. Through this program, I was fortunate to build close friendships that have been instrumental in my learning and growth. I gained valuable research skills through available courses, lectures and direct mentorship from exceptional scientists. I am looking forward to continuing my journey at NIDCR for another year and look forward to making meaningful contributions to research that directly benefits patients."

Portrait of Rajiv Trehan
Rajiv Trehan, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, MRSP 2022-2023
"The training the NIH MRSP program provides young clinician scientists is the best opportunity to transform the world around them through both bench and clinical research. I have no doubt that I am prepared for a career as a physician-scientist investigating novel therapies and treating complex patients moving forward."


The 10.5-12 month program is designed for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a strong interest in conducting basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological research and are currently enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program.

Dental and veterinary students: due to the integrated nature of the third and fourth (clinical) years, participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your second or fourth year in school.

There are designated start dates in late June and July. No start dates are available prior to late June. Participants are expected to meet the required 10.5-12 month timeframe based on the established start dates of the program and leave no earlier than mid-May.

Program CurriculumBenefitsHow to Apply
  • Scholars participate in the full continuum of biomedical research—from bench investigations to bedside applications 
  • Dedicated lectures highlighting the process of discovery, including bioethics, science policy and emerging technologies
  • Interactive case-centered Clinical Teaching Rounds with investigators presenting their research with participating patients and families
  • Journal Clubs
  • Training in clinical protocol development and the conduct of human subjects research
  • Monthly networking sessions with nationally renowned great teachers
  • Workshops in career-life balance, CV-writing, and interviewing
  • Annual stipend
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Funding support for conference travel, scientific courses, and textbooks
  • The application cycle for the 2025-2026 class will be September 1, 2024-December 2, 2024

Acknowledgement Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and contributions to the Foundation for NIH, alumni of student research programs, and other individual supporters via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2024

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