Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship in Psychiatry at Columbia University

Supported by The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation

DEADLINE:  Thursday, February 1, 2024


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. The program will provide a stipend of $5,600 for the 8-week research program.

Program dates for Summer 2024: Monday, June 17th-Friday, August 9th. 


Applicants will be considered on an individual basis with special consideration given to those applicants who:

  • Were the first in their family to attend graduate school 
  • Grew up in a single parent household;
  • Have, either as a result of their socio-economic background, their status as a member of an historically underrepresented group in medical school, their disability status, their LGBTQ status, or other challenging life experiences, overcome obstacles on their journey to medical school
  • Have lived or worked in a diverse environment
  • Have, through their education or work experience, demonstrated a commitment to serving historically underprivileged populations. 


All materials must be uploaded into the application portal by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

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