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T32 Medical Student Research Training Supplement

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Grant Title
Medical Student Research Training - Administrative Supplement Eligibility

To apply, you must contact the PI of a currently funded T32 program to inquire about their willingness to submit an application on your behalf. Application Deadlines
  • January 15
  • April 15
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The Medical Student Research Training (MSRT) program provides mentored support for medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab.  This support is via a supplement to a training grant (T32) in the appropriate area of research.  A list of currently funded T32 program locations is available. Providing the opportunity for students to interrupt their medical school studies for up to 12 months to pursue a research project should help them solidify their decisions to pursue a research career, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical training. Only students able to commit a minimum of 9 months, up to a maximum of 12 months, full time, to participate in the program may apply.

Support will consist of a stipend at the current published predoctoral stipend level, as well as $4,200 for research support and health insurance, all prorated for the actual period of support.  Funds will be awarded as a supplement to the appropriate NIDDK-T32 grant at the institution.

How to Apply

To apply, you must contact the PI of a currently funded T32 program to inquire about their willingness to submit an application on your behalf.

Medical students in good standing who have completed at least one year of their medical school education and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible. There must be a currently funded, scientifically relevant NIDDK T32 program at the sponsoring institution for an MSRT application to be considered.  Applications are submitted by the principal investigator of the training grant.

Only students able to commit a minimum of 9 months, up to a maximum of 12 months, full time, to participate in the program may apply.  Applicants must have the permission of the Dean of their medical school to participate in this program at their own or another institution.

Students who have previously earned a Ph.D. degree are not eligible nor are students enrolled in a combined M.D.-Ph.D. program (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-150.html for information on funding for M.D.-Ph.D. students).

An application consisting of the following must be submitted to the NIDDK for review by program staff for each student for whom support is being requested:

  • The completed face page of a 398 application, including proposed start date (e.g., July or September), the grant number of the T32 involved, and the official signature of the institutional business.  Type the student's name (Last Name, First Name) at the top of the page. 
  • A copy of the most recent transcript of grades from medical school.
  • A statement from the medical student describing his/her research interests, career goals, and expectations for the research year. 
  • A statement from the proposed mentor indicating plans for working with the student.
  • An outline of the proposed research project for the student (max. of 4 pages), as well as any other activities, such as participation in journal clubs, lab meetings, scientific workshops, specialized technical training, etc.  This should be prepared jointly by the student and the mentor.
  • A letter from the Dean of the School of Medicine indicating approval for the student to take time off from his/her studies to pursue this research year and stipulating that the student is expected to resume a normal medical school curriculum once the research year has ended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from current faculty at the school of medicine, attesting to the student’s interest in a research career, academic accomplishments, and suitability for this research experience.  Alternatively, one of these letters may be from someone with whom the student has already performed a research project at the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level, at a different location. 
  • The budget page from the PHS 2590. 
  • A brief (1-page) summary of the administration of this MSRT Program at your institution, including the following:
    • An indication of the means used to publicize the availability of these training positions, including the faculty and staff involved. 
    • The number of students inquiring about the program, as well as the number of students applying.
    • The method used to match students with mentors.
    • Plans for including the students in existing training in the responsible conduct of science courses/seminars.
    • The number of medical students at your institution who will be taking a year off from their studies, supported by other means, to pursue a research project.

If the student is not from your institution, describe the means by which the student found the program, and your decision process in accepting them as a trainee.

If the proposed mentor is NOT already listed as a member of the training faculty on an NIDDK-supported T32, then a request to appoint the mentor to the training grant must be submitted to the NIDDK program director for the relevant T32, prior to submission of the student’s application.  Approval must be obtained prior to submitting the application.

If a DK-funded Center is available and its cores will be utilized by the student, include a statement from the Center director with whom the student and mentor will most closely be aligned, confirming that the facilities, resources, and enrichment activities of the Center will be available to the student and mentor.

Submit the complete application as a PDF to the MSRT Program.

Deadlines for Application

  • January 15 and April 15

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