Apply now for 2021 Gold Student Summer Fellowships

The Gold Foundation is delighted to announce that the application period for the 2021 Gold Student Summer Fellowships is now open. The deadline for applications is March 26, 2021.

The Gold Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects must be focused on understanding and/or enhancing culturally competent practice and developing skills to become a compassionate, relationship-centered physician.

We are particularly interested in projects that:

  • are focused on improving the health and lives of traditionally underserved and at-risk populations.
  • encourage collegial and interprofessional teamwork
  • are creative, and designed and implemented by students
  • will encourage a lasting or systemic change

There are two types of fellowships: Gold Student Summer Research Fellowship and Gold Student Summer Service Fellowship. Read more below.

The Gold Student Summer Research Fellowship is awarded for research in community health, cultural competency issues and improving the health and lives of traditionally underserved and at-risk populations. The research focus should be on humanistic patient care and as such the proposal should show significant interaction with the target patient population.

The Gold 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.

We expect that all submissions will include some level of patient interaction. If there are obstacles with this component of your application due to Covid-19, please address it specifically in your proposal.

Medical students at an accredited U.S. or Canadian school of allopathy or osteopathy are eligible to apply. The grant award includes a stipend of up to $4,000 for a 10-week period.

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 application.

Learn more about Gold Student Summer Fellowships, including full application details. When you are ready, submit your application using this online form 

In 2020, 17 medical students from 8 schools received Gold Student Summer Fellowships. Read the 2020 announcement.