Research Funds

David Giles

Research Fellowship Award for Medical Students

Medical School students are encouraged to participate in the many research opportunities available at U-M.

If you want to pursue research funding, contact the Office of Medical Student Education.

If funds aren’t available through that office, check with the Medical School Financial Aid Office to see if funding is available through the Special Needs Program.

Students interested in international research experience should contact the International Institute to ask about additional sources of funding.

Research Presentation Travel Award for Medical Students

Students who have an original clinical or basic science research paper accepted at a regional, national or international meeting can apply for funding to cover travel costs.

If your research was done through the Student Biomedical Research Program, then you must apply through that program first. If funding isn’t available there, you may apply for a Special Needs award.

Only one travel award of this kind will be offered each year, in the form of a grant (if eligible). Effective July 1, 2016, the maximum award is $1,000 (previously $500).

Points to keep in mind:

  • The research must have been conducted while a student at the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • You must be enrolled at UMMS at the time of the conference.
  • You must be the primary presenter (e.g. lead author on poster).
  • Only one award per presentation (i.e. if co-presenting, only one is eligible).
  • If the research was done through the Student Biomedical Research Program (SBRP), you must apply for assistance through them first. If funding is unavailable or is limited, you may apply to the Special Needs program for the difference.
  • Only one travel award of this type will be offered each academic year.
  • The maximum award in grant funds is $1,000 for presentations made beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. If approved expenses exceed the maximum grant allowance, long-term low-interest institutional loans are available to cover the additional need.
  • Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation costs, lodging and meals.
  • Please explore alternative funding mechanisms such as the department with which your research was done, the PI for grant support.
  • Funds are generally awarded after travel has occurred. Funds are advanced only if waiting until the expenses have been incurred would cause an extreme hardship.

To apply for a Special Needs travel award, submit:

  • Your Special Needs application.
  • Your letter of acceptance or invitation to participate in the meeting.
  • Documentation of your expenses from your travel (conference registration, transportation costs, lodging and meals).

Effective January 1, 2017, participation on panels, train-the-trainers, or workshops will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean's Office.