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About Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a leading biomedical research organization. Its $14.8 billion endowment allows the institute to employ over 350 scientists in labs across the country, as well as fund promising research at other facilities through its grants program. HHMI concentrates its research efforts on fields such as cell biology, computational biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology.

Research scholars in the Cloister Program spend a year living and working on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Md. Each scholar selects a laboratory to join after arrival at the NIH and works under the mentorship of a senior NIH scientist. All research scholars are housed together in the Cloister building on campus, creating a unique community and sense of camaraderie among the students. The HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students provides support for biomedical research for one year under the guidance of a mentor at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States or abroad (with the one exception of the NIH). Applicants for the fellowship choose their own mentor and submit a research plan. Proposals for research should concentrate on basic biological processes or disease mechanisms.


Open to current U.S. medical, dental or veterinary school students. MD/PhD or DDS/PhD students, or those who have a PhD in a laboratory-based science are not eligible.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

HHMI Research Training Fellowships
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 215-8500


Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: Graduate Students


Baltimore, MD