Physician Scientist Support Foundation Medical Scholars Research Fellowship

The PSSF Medical Scholars Research Fellowship provides research opportunities and mentoring to students who aspire to become physician-scientists and are dedicated to making fundamental discoveries that improve health.

The MSRF is a key component of PSSF’s mission to revitalize, grow and support the career pathway for physician-scientists. By providing medical students with opportunities to spend dedicated time in basic research, PSSF aims to increase the pipeline of future physician-scientists. Training today’s medical students in rigorous scientific bench work ensures a culture of innovation that will lead to a deeper understanding of what it means to pursue challenging, unanswered questions; and ultimately advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.

The fellowship supports one year of mentored, rigorous research training in fundamental biomedical research. Single-degree medical students interested in a dual career in research and patient care are eligible to apply for the MSRF.
  • $42,000 plus an allowance of $8,000 for health insurance and travel expenses
  • Discussions on various biomedical topics led by established physician-scientists.
  • An end-of-the-year meeting where fellows present their work and attend mentoring/career guidance workshops.
  • A mentoring program that includes guidance in residency selection, and ongoing career advice.
$42,000 plus an allowance of $8,000 for health insurance and travel expenses

Online Application Open: September 1, 2023

Application Deadline: January 11, 2024

Award Notification Date: March 18, 2024

Award Acceptance Deadline: March 26, 2024

12 months

Inquiries, requests, and correspondence regarding Medical Scholars Research Fellowship should be directed to:

Min Lee
Program Director
Medical Scholars Research Fellowship
Physician-Scientist Support Foundation


All applicants must be nominated by the medical school dean. Once the nominated student starts the application, the dean will receive notification to submit a letter commenting on the nomination process and selection criteria as well as the applicant’s unique qualifications pertain to the fellowship.

All application components must be submitted online by January 11, 2024, to be considered in the fellowship competition. 

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Funding Sources
Funding Type
Yearlong Research