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Medical Research Scholars Program

2015-2016 NIH MRSP scholars group photo"Medical discoveries of tomorrow depend on the students we train today." Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director

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.

The 2017-2018 MRSP application will open on October 1, 2016.

2013-2014 MRSP Scholars conducting researchOverview

Student scholars engage in a closely 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.


The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.

Medical and osteopathic students: participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your first year of clinical rotations (i.e., third year of medical school).

Dental and veterinary students: due to the integrated nature of the third and fourth (clinical) years, participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your second or fourth year in school.


The MRSP is a residential program; participating scholars are required to reside in one of the available MRSP housing options.


MRSP scholars will experience the full continuum of biomedical research—the bench, the bedside, between both and beyond. The MRSP offers:

  • Lectures on seminal basic, translational and clinical research topics that highlight the continuum of discovery, as well as issues in bioethics, science policy and emerging technologies
  • Training in the conduct of human subjects research
  • Clinical teaching rounds focusing on NIH research patients
  • Dedicated research mentor and advisor
  • NIH Clinical Center courses such as "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research," "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research," and “Writing and Publishing a Scientific Paper”

Acknowledgement Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and generous contributions to the Foundation for the NIH from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Association for Dental Research, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Colgate-Palmolive Company, as well as alumni of student research programs and other individual supporters.

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This page last reviewed on 05/25/2016

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