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US Reseasearch Fellowships/Scholarship watch

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    Hi all,

    I am currently an FY1 and am looking into options to do a research fellowship in America. Does anyone have any previous experience in applying/doing it?

    Are there any popular funding sources for these kind of programmes?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    The main ones that come up are Kennedy Scholarships, Frank Knox Fellowships, and Fulbright Scholarships. There are some specific Fulbright Scholarships (e.g. co-funded by the Royal College of Surgeons, the British Heart Foundation, etc) that are more generous in that they will maintain your clinical salary as well as providing a separate maintenance grant. They tend to have quite strict eligibility requirements (e.g. MRCS for the RCSEng Fulbright Scholarship). Kennedy and Knox will also cover tuition fees for one year courses at Harvard or MIT.

    A lot of people say that the Harvard MPH (and similar courses) can be run alongside a reasonably successful research programme and so you could potentially piggy back this onto a research year.

    Individual institutions will also have their own competitive scholarships and successful Principal Investigators in your field will have money that they can spend on staff (e.g. research associates, post-doctoral fellows). They're quite used to employing international doctors for one year research fellowships because many use this as a way into US residency programmes. Medically qualified people usually fall into the category of "post-docs", presumably because US medics hold an MD after 8 years study and this is (despite clearly exercising a different skill set) considered something akin to the status of a UK PhD.

    You need to start planning very early!
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