The Physician Scientist Support Foundation (PSSF) Medical Scholars Research Fellowship (MSRF) 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. The fellowship supports one year of mentored, rigorous research training in fundamental biomedical research. The medical school dean can nominate only one applicant in any competition year.


  • The MSRF is not available to students enrolled in a combined MD/Ph.D. program, a Ph.D. program, a Pharm.D., an ScD program, or those who have completed a Ph.D., Pharm.D., or an ScD in a laboratory-based science.
  • The MSRF is open to United States citizens and U.S. permanent residents only.
  • All students must conduct 12 months of continuous, full-time laboratory research with minimal interruptions.
  • The proposed project must be in the basic, translational, or applied biomedical sciences. PSSF does not fund clinical research, health services, or health policy research. We support projects that expose students to how research advances fundamental understanding related to health.
  • Prior research experience is not required.
  • The PSSF is committed to promoting diversity in science and research. We strongly encourage applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in medicine and science.

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