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              IDSA Foundation’s Medical Scholars Program 

    The IDSA Foundation envisions a world free from the burdens of infectious diseases. We believe, well-trained ID doctors are the catalyst for reducing these burdens. Our commitment to increasing the number of highly qualified doctors practicing in the field of infectious diseases ensures the pipeline of medical professionals produces doctors well-trained in the sub-specialty at a rate that outpaces the anticipated need globally. We provide research opportunities for medical students designed spark intellectual curiosity and inspire the pursuit of a career in the field of infectious diseases.  


    In 2002, the IDSA Foundation developed the Medical Scholars Program to provide a funded research opportunity to medical students with demonstrated interest in gaining practical mentored experience in the field of ID.  Selected scholars are sponsored by an IDSA Member or Fellow to advance ongoing research, initiate new studies, or explore other concepts within the field of infectious diseases outside of their primary institution. 

    The IDSA Foundation’s Medical Scholars Program provides medical student awardees with a grant of $2,000 to support ongoing or new clinical learning and/or research with an ID mentor.  Awardees also receive one-year FREE membership to IDSA. 

    First, second or third year medical students are eligible to apply for the 2018 funding cycle between February 20th and March 15st for one of the following categories:


    • Clinical Infectious Diseases  
    • Clinical Research
    • Epidemiology
    • International Health
    • Laboratory Research
    • Medical Education
    • Prevention

    How to Apply

    Complete applications must include the following:   

    • Click here to complete the online application
    • Complete applications must include the following:   
    • Cover letter indicating the applicant’s interest in pursuing a career in infectious diseases, how the Medical Scholar Program will help the applicant explore that interest and a detailed explanation of the proposed research activity to be conducted. Cover letters should not exceed two pages in length.  
    • Letter of Support from IDSA member or fellow agreeing to serve as a mentor for the term of the scholarship. Letters should not exceed two pages in length.  
    • Course list, background experience or research demonstrating interest in ID. The application system for 2018 scholarships will be open between February 20th - March 15th, 2018. 

    Please direct all questions about your application or eligibility to

    Eligibility Requirements 

    Applications will be ranked by an advisory committee of infectious disease professionals. Scholars are selected based on the promise of their prospective research to the field and their demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in infectious diseases.

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

    All applicants will be notified of the award decisions in May. 

    • Applicants must be enrolled in a fully-accredited U.S. or Canadian medical school to be eligible for this award. This includes students enrolled in MD-PhD programs and who may have completed medical school, but continue their studies in the PhD phase of the program.
    • The scholarship activity must focus on pediatric or adult infectious diseases and may involve either clinical or research activities. 
    • Acceptable clinical activities can range from ID consultant training to participation in clinical trials or any other appropriate variant activties.
    • Acceptable research activities include all facets of infectious diseases, including epidemiology, microbiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
    • Each student must have a mentor who is an IDSA member or fellow. 
    • Past award recipients may not reapply.
    • Multiple students working on the same project may apply. Each must submit a separate application.
    • Funds may be used to support incidental expenses, such as supplies, travel, conference registration, etc.

    Awardees are required to respond to a participant’s survey, provide a project abstract, and submit a final report of research findings at the end of the activity. Students are also required to include information in the final report on how funds were used.  If the student does not comply with the final requirements to close out the program, the balance of funding allocated for that scholar will be forfeited. 


    Questions and Answers  

    Who can Apply?

    Applicants must be medical students (first, second or third year) from an accredited medical school in the US. Students pursuing an MD/PhD are eligible to apply.


    I would like to do a joint research project, is that possible?

    Yes, but each participant must apply separately.


    How long does my personal statement need to be?

    The personal statement on the online application should not exceed 500 words. There is no minimum.


    How long does the letter of support need to be?

    The letter of support should not exceed two pages. There is no minimum.


    When will recipients be notified?

    Recipients of the Medical Scholars Program will be notified in April.


    Can my research have an international focus?

    Yes, as long as it focuses on infectious diseases.


    Can award funding be applied to tuition expenses?

    No, award funding may not be applied to tuition expenses.


    Am I eligible to apply if I have already received (or expect to receive) other sources of funding for my research project?

    Unfortunately, you would not be eligible to apply. We aim to support high quality research projects that do not have other sources of funding


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