Summer Fellowships

Summer Fellowships

The Summer Student Fellowships Program supports students, specifically advanced undergraduates and medical students, in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Parkinson's Foundation Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students' early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson's and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field.

Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project.

We offer summer fellowships for 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with a $4,000 award. We invite fellows to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference to present their research upon project completion. The award supports the student's summer research, defraying tuition costs of research credits or supplementing living or housing costs. This award may be taxable; the Parkinson's Foundation sends an IRS form 1099 to the recipient at the end of the calendar year.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students and medical students are eligible for summer fellowships. Each applicant must show a mentor with whom he or she will conduct the proposed project. This program is open to national and international applicants.

Applying

Submit applications online. The application period typically opens in October and closes in early December. Please see our grants deadline page for current dates. We typically notify successful applicants in mid-March. 

A complete application must consist of the following five items:

  1. Brief two-page proposal written by applicant in conjunction with mentor describing the research plan
  2. Copy of applicant's academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  3. Applicant statement describing why he or she is interested in conducting Parkinson's research, qualifications and the research relevance to future career or research interests
  4. Mentor-written support letter discussing student qualifications, affirming available facilities and materials and agreeing to actively guide the student's work. Mentors must send this letter separately to grants@parkinson.org with "Summer Fellowship" in the subject line. All letters must be submitted by application deadline
  5. Completed application.

Note: We will reject incorrect or incomplete applications without comment.

Review & Decisions

The Parkinson's Foundation judges applications based on the feasibility of the applicant's project, the applicant's background and the appropriateness of the mentor. We typically make final decisions in mid-March and will contact all candidates at that time. Successful applicant funding may begin as early as June 1.

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