Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program

Degree Level: Graduate

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Location: United States

Duration: One year

Deadlines: January. Please check website below for the specific date.


The Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,400 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 United States, 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 researcher. 

Visit the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program site.

Award Details

Fields of Study: Student must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school in the United States.

Additional Information: 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.