Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship in Psychiatry at Columbia University

DEADLINE:  TUESDAY, January 3, 2023


In 2016 the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University started the Dr. June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Summer Fellowship for medical students completing their first year of medical school. The fellowship aims to expose students who belong to historically underrepresented groups to the breadth of career opportunities in psychiatry. Since 2017, we expanded this effort to include a summer research track. Students will be assigned to work with a research mentor while gaining broad exposure to a wide range of research opportunities in psychiatry.  This year, the program will provide a stipend of $5,600 for the 8-week research program

Program dates for Summer 2023: Monday, June 12th-Friday, August 4th. 


Note that the program is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health who have established the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Have begun medical school in 2022 and expect to finish their first year by June 2023 
  • Be enrolled in a AAMC accredited medical school 
  • Identify as belonging to a racial or ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in psychiatry (i.e. Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) or have a disability (as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Be in good academic standing at their current medical school 
  • Be able to attend the entire 8-week program


All materials must be uploaded into the application portal by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

The application includes: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest: A single-spaced essay of no fewer than 500 words and no more than 800 words on why you are applying to this program. You should include any special research interests that you would like to pursue in the future and how this program would assist with you meeting your educational/career goals. Please also describe any prior research experience that may be relevant.
  • Two Letters of Reference: At least one letter of reference from an individual who is closely acquainted with your educational, volunteer, and/or work experience over the last 4 years. 
  • A third letter should be from the Dean of Students at your medical school verifying that you are in good standing and can participate in the entire 8-week program. 

All materials must be uploaded into the application portal.  If you have any questions, please reach out to: 

Patrice Malone, MD, PhD