Medical Student Research Opportunities

Finding a Research Mentor

NIH Reporter

Researchers at GW and other universities with funding from the National Institutes of Health can be searched in NIH Reporter. Read this for search strategies in NIH Reporter.

GW Faculty Database

GW faculty at GW, MFA, Children's and the VA who engage in research can be searched in the GW Faculty Database.

GW and CNHS Faculty Proposals

Faculty propose summer research projects for medical students; these proposals are provided to students in December. Start Reviewing Proposals.

Medical Student Opportunities (password protected)

The OSPE Opportunity Database contains information on summer programs at other institutions that host medical students in summer research.

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) provides opportunities for medical students to conduct research at the NIH.

Tips for Submitting a Fellowship Proposal

Here are tips to apply for funding:

  1. Identify faculty research mentor; communicate your interest in applying for funding. In addition to the opportunities below, the mentor may know of additional opportunities in the field.

    Review Faculty Research Proposals from faculty who would like a medical student in their lab

  2. Identify a funding opportunity. See internal and external funding opportunities here.
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  3. Four weeks before the proposal is due: Submit an Intent to Submit a Proposal form as soon as you are considering an external fellowship. Many external medical student fellowship proposals require that you submit the proposal to their agency website; you must also submit the proposal information to GW. We suggest you turn this in at least four weeks before a proposal is due: it's never too early!

    If your research will be done with a GW faculty member, set up a meeting with Research Administrator, Julia Bellafiore (

    If your research will be done at Children’s National, contact a CNMC Research Administrator

  4. Prepare the proposal, addressing any specific agency requirements, and plan for additional documentation. Seven working days before proposal is due: Submit complete package fully assembled (including all budgets, forms, application materials, and signatures) to the Pre-Award administrator Julia Bellafiore ( for final review. GW Pre-award will continue sign offs with financial directors and the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

  5. Julia Bellafiore will email you when you may submit the final proposal to the agency website.

Questions? Contact Dr. Alison Hall, Dean of Research Workforce Development (

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