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 insitution will offer three fellowships per year that begin in the summer of 2015. 

Fellowship Details

Note: The ICRF application deadline has passed. The following information is provided for reference only.

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.

NOTE: Students do not need to be matriculated at one of the six schools administering the program to be eligible to apply. 

Key Dates

Online Application Form & Letters of Support Due

   January 13, 2015 (11:59 pm EST) 

Offers Begin

   March 13, 2015

Decisions Due

   March 20, 2015 (1:00 pm EDT)

Application Process

The application process for the 2015-2016 fellowship  begins in late October 2014. The online application form and letters of support must be submitted via the application website by January 13, 2015. Applicants will be asked to accept or decline by 1:00 pm EDT on March 20, 2015.

Most of the schools require supplemental materials to the online application. Check with each school of interest to see if that school requires additional materials.

View instructions and 2015-2016 ICRF application here.


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