NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Program Helps Medical, Dental, Veterinary Students Enter the Pathway to Biomedical Research Careers


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Student scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or nearby NIH facilities that matches their research interests and career goals.

NIMHD is proud to participate with other NIH Institutes and Centers in the MRSP. Our goal is to introduce the MRSP to medical, dental, and veterinary students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and encourage them to consider biomedical research as a career.

MRSP Eligibility Requirements for the NIH

In order to be eligible to apply for a Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH, you must meet the following requirements:
  1. This program is intended for medical, dental, osteopathic, and veterinary students attending accredited institutions location in the U.S., U.S. Commonwealth territories, or Canada. Candidates must currently be enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a dental school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, an osteopathic school that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association, or a veterinary medical college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education.
  2. Candidates currently enrolled in PhD or MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.
  3. The Medical Research Scholars Program is designed for students who have completed their clinical rotations, i.e., third-year, but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.
  4. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  5. Fourth-year students qualify to apply and participate in the Medical Research Scholars Program. However, they must not participate in the National Residency Match Program and must defer graduation.

For more Information, visit Medical Research Scholars Program

NIMHD Featured Scholar

Jeremy Huckleby
Jeremy Huckleby

Jeremy Huckleby (2019-2020 MRSP Scholar), a rising fourth-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP), was awarded a 1-year residential research fellowship through the 2019-2020 Medical Research Scholars Program. Huckleby is working under the mentorship of Dr. Anna M. Nápoles, Scientific Director of National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, to investigate musculoskeletal health disparities focusing on racial/ethnic differences in physical activity among the adult population with arthritis in the U.S. UICOMP awarded Huckleby ‘The Emerging Leader Award’ for his community engagement through free medical clinics in Illinois, teaching anatomy to local high-school students, and working as a peer educator for anatomy/pathology labs. In addition to service and education, Huckleby is interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery with the goal of reducing health disparities in the field through mentorship, epidemiologic research and intervention.


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