Student Summer Fellowships


Jefferson-Newmark-Chau-DavidThe application period for 2014 has closed. Final reports for 2014 fellows are due by September 26, 2014.

The Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects are focused on studying cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The grant award includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week period. Projects that do not meet the 10-week requirement will be prorated accordingly.

Medical students at an accredited U.S. or Canadian school of allopathy or osteopathy may apply for either the Research or Service Fellowships (further described below) .

The student is expected to conduct the project under the oversight of a mentor (the student is responsible for identifying an appropriate mentor from their school). Multiple students can work together and submit one set of forms. A final report is due at the conclusion of the Fellowship (by September 26, 2014).

Applications Instructions

Applying for a Research Fellowship

The Student Summer Research Fellowship is awarded for research into community health and cultural competency issues. Although this is a research-based Fellowship, the focus should be on humanistic patient care and as such the proposal should show significant interaction with the target population.

Sample titles from previous research projects:

  • “Prevalence of Depression in Adolescent Emergency Department”
  • “Identifying the Barriers to Pediatric Vaccinations Faced by a Recently Established Hispanic Population”
  • “Assessing the Service and Educational Impact of Medical Student-Run Health Clinics”

Your application must include:

  • Cover sheet (complete the online form and attach your completed proposal)
  • Mentor Form A (download and return completed form)
  • On-site Supervisor Form (only required if project takes place off-site or overseas)
  • Letter of support from the Student Affairs or Medical Education Dean must accompany all applications. The letter must state that: 1) the student is presently in good academic standing, 2) the school approves of the mentor and the location of the project, and, 3) the school is willing to accept and administer the grant.
  • Proposal (2-3 pages) including:
    • abstract
    • hypothesis
    • objectives and significance
    • background and literature review with appropriate citations (do not count towards page count)
    • research design and methodology (if IRB approval/exemption is necessary, please provide application status)
    • expected level of direct patient interaction during course of the fellowship
    • possibility for research to continue after student fellowship
    • discussion of how this fellowship might contribute to the applicant’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patient experience with illness, their health and the healthcare system

Research Fellowship Reporting Procedures

A final paper describing the project is due by September 26, 2014. The final paper should include:

  • a restatement of  the original hypothesis and objectives of the project
  • a description of the investigation and activities undertaken
  • qualitative and/or quantitative data and its significance
  • conclusions
  • evaluation of project (include tools, methods used, work to date if part of a larger project)
  • comment on possibility for continuation of this research
  • discussion of how this fellowship has contributed to the student’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patient experience with illness, their health and the healthcare system
  • a statement on opportunity for student to present work to faculty and peers, and possibility for publication
  • pictures that document the student’s experience
  • Mentor Form B (download and and return completed form)
  • On-site Supervisor Form (only required if project takes place off-site or overseas)

Some well-conceived projects may fail or yield ambiguous results when unexpected problems are encountered. In all cases, students should write a clear and candid appraisal of the project and interpretations of the collected data.

Email all associated documents and final reporting documents to proposals@gold-foundation.org and include the student’s full name in the subject.

For questions, contact Ian Finisterre, Assistant Director of Programs, at ifinisterre@gold-foundation.org

Digital copies are preferred but if you are unable to send a digital copy:

  • Fax it to 1-201-567-7880 OR
  • Mail it to Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 619 Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Applying for a Service Fellowship

The Student Summer Service Fellowship is intended to provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The Foundation’s goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.

Sample projects include:

  • providing breast screenings at homeless shelters
  • creating an educational video for elderly patients on safety issues
  • carrying out AIDS/HIV education among recent Chinese immigrants

Your application must include:

  • Cover sheet (complete the online form and attach your completed proposal)
  • Mentor Form A (download and return completed form)
  • On-site Supervisor Form (only required if project takes place off-site or overseas)
  • Letter of support from the Student Affairs or Medical Education Dean must accompany all applications. The letter must state that: 1) the student is presently in good academic standing, 2) the school approves of the mentor and the location of the project, and, 3) the school is willing to accept and administer the grant.
  • Proposal (2-3 pages) including:
    • a statement of need identifying and providing background on the public health issue and population being addressed
    • background and literature review with appropriate citations (do not count towards page count)
    • a detailed implementation plan to address these needs (if IRB approval/exemption is necessary, please provide application status)
    • an evaluation component to assess impact of student’s intervention
    • expected level of direct patient interaction during course of the fellowship
    • comment on possibility for project to continue after the summer fellowship
    • a statement on opportunity for student to present work to faculty and peers, and possibility for publication
    • discussion of how this fellowship might contribute to the applicant’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patient experience with illness, their health and the healthcare system

Service Fellowship Reporting Procedures

A final paper describing the project is due by September 26, 2014. The final paper should include:

  • restatement of the original goals and planned intervention
  • description of activities undertaken, including information on number of participants
  • discussion of the project’s final results and its impact on the target issue/population, including whether or not the original goals were met
  • evaluation results (include tools, methods used)
  • discussion of how this fellowship has contributed to the student’s understanding of the practice of humanistic medicine as well as the patients experience with illness, their health and the healthcare system
  • pictures that document the student’s experience
  • Mentor Form B (download and and return completed form)
  • On-site Supervisor Form (only required if project takes place off-site or overseas)

Some well-conceived projects may fail or yield ambiguous results when unexpected problems are encountered. In all cases, students should write a clear and candid appraisal of the project and interpretations of the collected data.

Email all associated documents and final reporting documents to proposals@gold-foundation.org and include the student’s full name in the subject.

For questions, contact Ian Finisterre, Assistant Director of Programs, at ifinisterre@gold-foundation.org

Digital copies are preferred but if you are unable to send a digital copy:

  • Fax it to 1-201-567-7880 OR
  • Mail it to Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 619 Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632