Medical Students Summer Fellowship

APDA-PDF Summer Student Fellowships

Program Overview

In 2015, APDA and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) partnered to expand their existing Summer Student Fellowships Programs, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the APDA-PDF 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.

Summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with an award of $4,000. Upon completion of their project, Fellows are invited to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference to present their research. The award is to be used to support the student's summer research, for example, to defray tuition costs of research credits or to supplement living/housing costs. This award may be taxable; an IRS form 1099 will be sent to the recipient at the end of the calendar year.


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

Application Instructions and Deadlines

Please note that all applications must be submitted online through the PDF website at; no paper copies will be accepted. This application period typically opens in December and closes in late January. Please see the grants deadline page for current dates. Successful applicants are typically notified in mid-March of PDF's decisions.