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Medical Scholars Program

Medical Scholars Program

Program Overview

The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program is a one-year, in-depth research experience available to students at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College. The goal of the program is to train leaders in academic medicine, ultimately strengthening and expanding the nation’s pool of medically trained researchers.

Specifically, the Medical Scholars Program seeks to identify students who are interested in any type of biomedical research (clinical, basic, health services, public health, outcomes, etc.), place them in an appropriate research environment, allow them access to a group of peers and scientists who share common research interests, and support them with a stipend.

The duration of the program for each student is 12 months consecutively, and thus adds an additional year to the traditional medical school curriculum. For Vanderbilt students, the best placement for the experience is between the third and fourth years. Selection of applicants for the program is based on the following criteria: the medical student is in good standing at the medical school; the applicant has a recognized commitment to pursue research; the applicant has identified an appropriate research project; and the applicant has identified a mentor who will foster and support the applicant’s research project. No prior research experience is required.


Stipends are for the period of July 1-June 30. The amount of the stipend is $30,000 per year and subject to yearly change based on the current stipend salary structure. The fellowship also includes health, disability and personal liability insurance, and an allowance to support attendance at a national meeting to present data from the scholars research project.

Application Process

Applications for the Medical Scholars Program are due each year on February 1.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine then convenes a panel of distinguished biomedical scientists with expertise in the eligible fields of research to review applications. The panel evaluates each applicant’s demonstrated scholarship and promise for future achievement in research. The panel also considers the appropriateness of the designated mentor and the research project for training in the proposed area of research, the quality of the training environment, and the mentor’s stated plans for training the applicant.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine makes the final selection of awardees, taking into account the evaluations of the review panel and the program goals. Awardees receive notification during the first week of April.

Application for the 2020-2021 Program

Complete applications (including mentor/co-mentor applications) must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2020, for the 2020-2021 fellowship year.

There is a student application and a mentor application; both must be received by the deadline.
*Co-mentor applications are not required unless necessary for your project.

Student Application

Mentor Application

Co-mentor Application

The Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Program and the SCRIPS Program are sister programs that share application materials. You may apply to one or both programs with the same student and mentor applications. For more information about the SCRIPS Program, please visit the Medical Student Scrips Scholars web page or contact Dr. Amy Martinez.

Please email Student Research with any questions.