Medical Students Summer Fellowship


The American Parkinson Disease Association Inc. has budgeted research funds to be awarded during the 2015 -2016 and following academic years.

Medical Students Summer Fellowships:
The APDA Summer Fellowships are designed to provide a stipend to enable medical students to perform supervised laboratory or clinical research designed to clarify our understanding of Parkinson's disease, its nature, manifestations, etiology or treatment. It is hoped this experience will stimulate a student's interest in future research in the field of Parkinson's disease and related disorders.This is a Fellowship of $4,000 for a three(3) month summer commitment.

The stipend will be in the amount of $4,000.

The applicant should be a full time medical student in good academic standing in an approved American medical school. The proposed research project must be performed in an academic medical center or recognized research institute in the United States and be sponsored by a full time faculty member or established institute scientist. The project must be part of the sponsor's ongoing research and be performed under the sponsor's direct supervision. Either laboratory or clinical research or a combination of both may be acceptable, however, merely reviewing literature or preparing reports will not be deemed acceptable.

The medical student should provide a brief description of the proposed work not to exceed three (3) pages containing the following elements:

  • Title of the research study
  • Location of where the study will be performed, i.e. department or laboratory
  • Identify sponsor (include mailing address, phone number and email address)
  • Background rationale including preliminary results of work completed by the sponsor
  • Goals and objectives
  • Investigative methods
  • Data analysis method
  • Significance of anticipated findings
  • Institutional resources available
  • Description of study subjects (human or animal)

Literature references should be listed in order of appearance in the narrative and in the Index Medcicus style. The application must be accompanied by a supporting letter from the sponsor, a letter of reference from another faculty member familiar with the student's previous academic performance and a letter from the Dean's office assuring the student is in good academic standing.

The applicant must submit an electronic application. Fill in the application form and submit it as part of one PDF document. One (1) original of the application should be submitted to the attention of Heather Gray by January 31, 2016. The applications will be reviewed by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board and approved by the APDA Executive Committee. The applicant will be notified by April 1, 2016.

Funds will be awarded as follows:

  • 50% on or about June 15, 2016
  • 50% upon submission of a final report

The student must prepare and submit a final report three to four pages in length describing the results and interpreting their significance. The report must be co-signed by the student's sponsor. An abstract of not over 250 words in lay terms summarizing the work and findings should also be submitted. Reprints of papers or abstracts of presentations at scientific meetings, which may result from the study, should be submitted to APDA when they become available.

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Deadline 1/31/2016