Diversity Research Opportunities

Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Research Opportunities
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Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Research Opportunities

At NYU School of Medicine, we believe that addressing diversity has an important role in advancing medical education, promoting innovation in research, and reducing health disparities. We offer both internal and external opportunities for faculty and students interested in diversity research.

Office of Diversity Affairs Funding Opportunity

Projects and opportunities that align with our diversity mission are considered for complete or partial funding. Those projects include membership in professional societies, attendance at conferences and professional development workshops, research opportunities, and community service projects.

How to Apply

Any student, resident, fellow, or faculty member in good standing can apply for funding opportunities through the Office of Diversity Affairs. Students and residents must indicate a faculty advisor for the opportunity for which they are requesting funding.

Each funding recipient is expected to prepare a summary or present her or his findings and outcomes to promote and develop the best diversity and inclusion practices. You may submit an oral presentation, a written report, a learning workshop, or another form approved by the executive committee.

Individuals are awarded funding once per academic year. If you have not already received funding during the academic year, you can apply for funding if your project advances our mission. 

Fill out an application (Kerberos ID and password required) and submit to Tiffany Cook, program coordinator, Office of Diversity Affairs, at tiffany.cook@nyumc.org.

External Research Opportunities

External diversity research opportunities are available from a variety of sources. We recommend faculty and students explore the following. 

American Society for Radiation Oncology Minority Summer Fellowship

The American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee has secured funding for two recipients of the Minority Summer Fellowship Award. Medical students from underrepresented minority groups are introduced to radiation oncology early in their medical education and also receive a training opportunity that focuses on mentoring and hands-on experience in radiation oncology clinical and lab disciplines.

Each student receives a $3,000 package, which includes a $2,400 stipend for an eight-week training program and $600 to attend the society’s annual meeting the following year. For more information, visit the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s website.

Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies 

The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies is a nationally recognized organization for the study of health behaviors with a focus on behavioral research in HIV, substance use, and mental health burden. 

Pediatrics Research Opportunity 

The American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research offer a medical student research program to encourage gifted medical students to consider careers in research related to pediatrics. This program is designed for students who seek a research opportunity at an institution outside their medical school. The maximum stipend of $5,508 enables students to spend two to three months in a research environment.

There are nearly 300 laboratories and research experiences throughout the United States and Canada available to students. The number of students funded each year depends on the availability of funding. Visit the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research website for more information.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Intramural Research Opportunities 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest institutes at the National Institutes of Health, seeks applicants for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities program. This program is open to students with a passion for improving global health in the 21st century through a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious disease. College-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research are encouraged to apply.

During the four-day program, students hear lectures from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions at the institute’s Maryland and Montana laboratories. Students’ expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals are paid. Visit the NIAID website site for more information.

Keystone Symposia: Upcoming Travel Award, Scholarship, and Fellows Application Deadlines

Attendees of the Keystone Symposia benefit from a variety of career-enhancing opportunities, including the chance to engage and network with world-class scientists, present a poster, and develop mentor relationships.

Keystone Symposia Early-Career Investigator Travel Awards

Many researchers find that attending a Keystone Symposia meeting substantially furthers a current research project or assists in problem-solving around an experimental issue. Early-Career Investigator Travel Awards offset up to $1,950 in conference costs for researchers at the assistant professor level (or its equivalent in industry).

Keystone Symposia Scholarships

Keystone Symposia Scholarships and Underrepresented Minority Scholarships fund up to $1,200 in conference costs for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the life sciences. Awards are made based on the quality of a submitted research abstract.

Application deadlines fall approximately four months before meeting start dates.

If you have questions about the application process, visit the Keystone Symposia website or contact scholarships@keystonesymposia.org.