Each of the sixty-six fellows will receive $43,000 in grant support to spend a year working on a basic, translational, or applied biomedical research project at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States. The $3 million initiative is designed to strengthen and expand the nation's pool of physician-scientists and medically trained researchers. This year, six of the fellows will be funded by HHMI partner organizations — the American Society of Human Genetics, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, while fourteen are receiving a second year of support.
Launched in 1989, the program has helped more than seventeen hundred students establish a foothold in the research world. This year, 53 percent of the awardees are women, the largest percentage of women fellows since the program was created, while 18 percent are from minority groups typically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
"The Medical Research Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for students to explore the intersection of science and medicine firsthand in a rigorous and supportive environment," said HHMI senior director for science education David Asai. "Our hope is that the experience will ignite students' passion for research and encourage them to pursue careers as physician-scientists."
To learn more about the 2018-19 HHMI Medical Research Fellows, see the HHMI website.