International Clinical Research Fellowship

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International Clinical Research Fellowship


The International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries.

Clinical research requires a unique blend of medical and research skills. The ICRF program was designed to support this blending of skills by giving medical students an outstanding clinical research experience in global health while they are in the midst of developing their medical proficiency. The long-term goal of this program is to develop the next generation of clinical investigators working in global health.  

Participating Institutions

ICRF is administered through six U.S. medical schools with established programs in global health research. Each school is responsible for overseeing the selection of applicants and providing the mentored research experience. Each institution will offer three fellowships per year. 

Fellowship Details

Students participating in the ICRF program will take a year out from medical school to conduct clinical research abroad under the direction of a mentor working in global health, as well as complete related coursework. Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance and financial support to attend a year-end meeting as well as supplementary funds for research and training.

Students must be matriculated at a U.S.-based medical school to be eligible for the ICRF.

Application Process

The application for the 2014-2015 fellowship year is closed. The application for the 2015-2016 year will be available in the late fall of 2014. 


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

You may also view the program handbook here, which includes information for students currently participating in ICRF. 

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs or the handbook, email with "ICRF" as the subject line.