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NIMH Medical Student Fellowship Program in Mental Health Research

NIMH* Medical Student Fellowship Program

in Mental Health Research


Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Department of Psychiatry

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


*A 12-Month Program of Mentored Researchfunded by the National Institute of Mental Health




·       To attract outstanding medical students to research in mental health, neuroscience, or the integration of mental health sciences in primary care medicine, pediatric medicine or family medicine.  Research focuses on a mental health disorder and/or mental health problems.  Topics in basic behavioral and biomedical sciences relevant to mental health will be considered in consultation with program staff.




A year-long experience in which students will have the opportunity to:


·       Conduct supervised laboratory or clinical researchwith a senior career investigator/faculty member (prior identification of mentor is not necessary) that result in public presentation and submission of manuscript for publication of research findings


·       Gain familiarity with state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory facilities in basic research and clinical research programs; and


  • Learn about and discuss critical ethical issues related to research with humans and animals;


The program represents an example of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) effort to promote the development of physician-scientists with interests in clinical, translational and health services research.  It capitalizes on the exciting interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and the Graduate Schools of the Health Sciences.




Students may enter the program either between their 2nd and 3rd years or between their 3rd and 4th years.  An annual stipend of $22,032 is provided, along with partial support for research supplies and travel to scientific meetings to present research findings.

*The program is supported by 2R25 MH0543-18 from the National Institute of Mental Health. 



To obtain more information, please email the Program Directordirectly, Dr. Gretchen Haas ( and direct a copy of your correspondence to out Administrative Assistant, Ms. Anna Schartner, at:  You may also contact our Program Office at 412-383-5467.  Application materials are available, online at: