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IDSA recognizes the importance of gaining research experience early in students' educational careers. The following research funding opportunities and educational experiences have been identified for students at all levels in the specialty of infectious diseases.

IDSA Foundation Awards
The IDSA Foundation is committed to reducing the burdens of infectious diseases and offers various awards for investigators throughout the year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Training Programs 
Research and public health training programs and fellowships

Fulbright Programs for US Scholars 
Fulbright programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.

Fulbright Programs for Non-US Scholars 
Programs support research and teaching of visiting scholars to the U.S.

Burroughs Welcome Fund Grant Programs

March of Dimes Research Grants

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Grant and award opportunities for health-related research organizations that focus on health prevention, research, and surveillance 
Grants General Information  
National Prevention Information Network   

Ellison Medical Foundation 
Funding opportunities for investigators at various career stages
Ellison Medical Foundation Opportunities  
Senior Scholar in Aging  
Search and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies 

NIH Resources for New Investigators  
Portal with helpful resources for new investigators 


American Society for Microbiology Student Fellowships  
Opportunities for students, postdoctoral fellows, and early and mid-career scientists interested in fellowships for conducting research and participating in activities that encourage professional growth.

Kenndy Krieger Institute James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

CDC funded nine week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for students from under-represented populations defined by the federal government and those interested in addressing health disparities related to infectious diseases. (Applications for Summer 2019 will open on November 1, 2018)


Doris Duke Charitable Foundations Clinical Research 
Clinical research and development opportunities for high school students and medical students.  

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program  
A one-year mentored clinical research training experience for doctoral students in the health sciences, including medical, dental and public health students

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program  
The Medical Research Fellows Program supports a year of full-time biomedical research training for medical, dental, and veterinary students.

National Institutes of Health Training Programs in the Biomedical Sciences    
NIH offers many opportunities for students of all degree levels to conduct research on the NIH campus.  Programs include short-term and longer commitments for college, post-bac, graduate and post-doctoral level scholars.  The programs for medical and dental students include the NIH Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program and the NIH Clinical Electives Program.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fellowship Grants  
See information on NRSA predoctoral fellowships for underrepresented students, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

American Physician Scientists Association
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a national organization dedicated to career development and community building among physician-scientists in training. Visit their site for more information.

NIH Career Development Awards 
Also known as K awards, career development awards are usually mentored research awards given by each institute and designed for individuals who have not yet obtained an independent research award.

NIH Institutional Training Grants
Includes research and training grants and fellowship opportunities.

NIH Loan Repayment Program  
Application for the loan repayment program is available for researchers who commit to at least two years of qualified research in the extramural or intramural program.  Qualified research includes clinical and pediatric, and NIH will pay up to $35,000 per year of student loan debt.

NIH Postdoctoral Training  
Information available on applying for postdoctoral training at NIH. 

NIAID Career and Training Portal  
Useful resource to help direct trainee researchers through the maze of programs and grants available through NIAID and NIH.

NIH Resources for New Investigators 
Portal with helpful resources for new investigators

NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education Videocasts 
Topics include poster presentations, oral presentations, and improving spoken English.

Partners Infectious Disease Images website
IDSA continues to partner with colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital through the fellow/student case submissions that are reviewed and selected for presentation at the Fellows Day course.  Once the course concludes, the selected cases along with others submitted for consideration, are posted on a central repository site that can be accessed at and used for fellow-in-training teaching and other educational projects.  These case studies are open access and available to all. 

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