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Medical Research Scholars Program

NIH MRSP scholars group photo"Medical discoveries of tomorrow depend on the students we train today." Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The application for the 2019-2020 program will open on October 1, 2018.

2013-2014 MRSP Scholars conducting researchOverview

Student scholars engage in a closely mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda or nearby NIH facilities that matches their research interests and career goals.


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

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.


The MRSP is a residential program; participating scholars are required to reside in the available MRSP housing options.


MRSP scholars will experience the full continuum of biomedical research—the bench, the bedside, between both and beyond. The MRSP offers:

  • Lectures on seminal basic, translational and clinical research topics that highlight the continuum of discovery, as well as issues in bioethics, science policy and emerging technologies
  • Training in the conduct of human subjects research
  • Clinical teaching rounds focusing on NIH research patients
  • Dedicated research mentor and advisor
  • NIH Clinical Center courses such as "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research," "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research," and "Writing and Publishing a Scientific Paper"

Acknowledgement Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and generous contributions to the Foundation for the NIH from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Genentech, the American Association for Dental Research, the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Elsevier, alumni of student research programs, and other individual supporters via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Program-Specific Elements

What's New

Scientific Presentations PDF Icon (475 KB): May 7-8 - Building 10 FAES Classrooms

Watch Now: MRSP 2018-2019 Overview Webinar

Press Release: NIH Announces 2017-2018 Medical Research Scholars Program Class

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This page last updated on 05/02/2018

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