For Medical Students: FAQs

1. Who is eligible for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program?

Due to our funding sources, only first- or second-year medical students in good academic standing at LCME- or COCA-accredited US medical schools are eligible to apply.

All participants must provide employment eligibility verification; non-US citizens must submit valid work authorization documentation.

Projects are to be carried out during an eight-week period in which participants must not have any other academic commitments. If you are in the process of retaking a course or will need to retake a course during the summer, you are not eligible to participate in this program.

Applicants are not permitted to contact individual faculty sponsors during the application process. Applicants who do not abide by this policy will be disqualified from consideration.

2. What are my chances of getting into the program?

The program is highly competitive. In 2014, our acceptance yield was 9 percent. However, since students apply for specific projects, some projects are more competitive than others. It is recommended that students apply for those projects that specifically interest them and for which they have relevant academic preparation and/or research experience.

3. What materials do I need to submit to be considered for selection?

Application and projects are available now. 
All application materials must be received by January 12, 2015, at 5:00 PM EST

1. Complete the online application.
2. Submit a letter from your medical school dean or registrar stating that you are a first- or second-year student in good academic standing. The letter must specify if any courses are under remediation or pending remediation. The letter should be sent to:

4. How will I know that my online application has been received?

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. Please read this confirmation carefully and print a copy for your records.

5. When will the application and project list be available?

The application and project list will be available until January 12, 2015 (5:00 PM EST).

6. How many projects may I apply for?

Students may apply for up to two projects.

7. When is the deadline for submission?

All application materials must be received by January 12, 2015 (5:00 PM EST).

8. May I submit my school transcript or a letter of recommendation?

No. School transcripts and/or letters of recommendation are not required and will not be considered if submitted.

9. What are the dates of the program?

The program runs from June 15–August 7 or June 22–August 14, start and end dates included.

Subject to sponsor approval, participants may participate in either of the eight-week program blocks. Applicants should consider final exam schedules, second or third year start dates, and any anticipated personal commitments during program dates before submitting an application. Uninterrupted participation is required.

10. May I participate in the program for a shorter time period than the dates listed?

Participants are required to complete the full eight weeks of the program onsite, start and end dates included. There are no exceptions. Students unable to adhere to these requirements should not apply.

11. Does Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center provide housing or transportation assistance?

Memorial Sloan Kettering does not provide housing to participants. A list of housing resources will be provided to accepted students. All housing and transportation expenses are the participant’s responsibility.

12. When will I find out if I've been accepted to the program?

All applicants will be notified of a decision via email by March 13, 2015.

13. If I am accepted, how long will I have to confirm that I will participate in the fellowship program?

Accepted applicants must confirm their participation in the program within three business days of their acceptance notification or forfeit their spot in the program.

14. May I contact the faculty sponsor of a particular project?

Applicants are not permitted to contact faculty sponsors during the application process. Applicants who do not abide by this policy will be disqualified from consideration.

15. Whom should I contact with further questions?

If you have a question that has not been answered by the information provided on our website, email us at