College of Veterinary Medicine

Extramural Research Opportunities for Students

NIH Sponsored Opportunities

This program offers the opportunity to obtain research experience as a summer intern at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The Summer Research Internship Program is part of the larger NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research and it provides selected veterinary medical students with the opportunity to recieve hands-on scientific research experience. In addition to working in a laboratory, students also take advantage of other ongoing activities at the NIH, such as attending seminars, facility tours and meeting with veterinarians engaged in biomedical research.

Stipends are available for summer internships via this mechanism. The CVM Office for Research will provide an additional $1000 towards travel and housing fees for participating students.

Application due dates for class of 2019-2020 will be announced soon– please check back regularly for updates.

Summer Research Training
NIH T35 Summer Research Training for Veterinary Students

Summer Internships at NIH
Summer Internship Program In Biomedical Research (SIP)


Maddie’s Fund Summer Scholar Grant

Maddie’s® Idea Lab is offering summer scholar grants to graduate or veterinary students at colleges or universities in the United States. These grants provide students with a summer stipend to pursue research and develop expertise under the guidance of a mentor. They encourage research projects that support the evaluation of innovative ideas that support lifesaving efforts or the utilization of foster care for dogs and cats.

Applicants must be graduate or veterinary students currently enrolled and in good standing at a college or university in the US, and must be supported by a mentor at a a college or university. Please refer to the website for all criteria.

Applications due directly to Maddie’s Fund by the due date – please check back soon for updates.



Medical Research Scholars Program

The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research. This is a 1-year program.

Medical Research Scholars Program
NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP)

To be eligible for this opportunity, students must meet the following criteria: be in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year in the veterinary program they are enrolled in ; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident ; have a strong interest in conducting basic, clinical, or translational research.

2018-2019 MRSP Flyer

2018-2019 MRSP Overview


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Research training opportunities for veterinary students at CDC
The Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except federal government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2015. Note: students applying to the program in their 4th year must defer graduation as those who have already received their professional degree are not eligible to participate.

Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for research-related enrichment activities and some research costs.


Other Opportunities