The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, public health, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations, and its unsolved problems.


In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student will have the opportunity to view web-cast seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a brief summary of their work at a scientific symposium for all program participants in Nashville, TN.


NIDDK 2024 Applications are closed  🗂  Applications for 2025 will open in late October 2024

No Prior Research Required

Must spend 2-3 months in the Program 
(commencement and conclusion dates reasonably flexible
but require a minimum of 60 days calculated to include weekends)


Stipend of approximately $2,200 per month for food and housing, etc.

Students must find housing (Diabetes Centers will help)

Must attend research symposium in Nashville, TN (travel allowance provided)



Student must be a US citizen or permanent resident

MD and DO students are eligible to apply
(1st, 2nd, or 3rd year students)

  Questions: niddk.stu.res@vumc.org


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The NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).