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2022 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships

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As a premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) focuses on providing fellowship funding in basic neuroscience and neurosurgical programs in North America.

General Information

The NREF is pleased to offer the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship (MSSRF) program. Fellowships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each year to medical students in the United States, Canada or Mexico who have completed one or more years of medical school by the start of the fellowship, and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

  • Deadline for Application – 11:59pm, Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.
  • Period of Fellowship – Between May and August immediately following the award
  • Background Information - The NREF does not pay for any indirect costs related to our grant awards. Please visit the NREF website, www.nref.org, for program overview. For additional information, please contact NREF at info@nref.org.


  • Medical students who are enrolled in an accredited program in the United States, Canada or Mexico and have completed at least one year of medical school by the start of the fellowship. Students from outside these countries are not eligible for this award
  • PhD or MD/PhD students, who are presumably committed to research careers, are not eligible for this award.

Fellowship Funding Overlap/Duplicate Funding

Funding for a fellowship awarded by the NREF through this grant program cannot be duplicated by any other outside funding source. If the individual receives funding from another source for a fellowship awarded by NREF through this program, the institution’s Fellowship Program Director must notify the NREF immediately and return the fellowship funding. Notification must be sent to NREF Office by email at info@nref.org.

Application Procedure - The project proposal should include:

  • Title
  • Hypothesis
  • Methods
  • Data analysis
  • Anticipated outcomes

NOTE: Including these elements should not be interpreted as a guarantee of an award.

Notification of Award

The foundation expects to notify each applicant via email by April 15, 2022. However, public announcement is contingent upon receipt of written confirmation from applicants. The foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend the date for it to provide notification of awards.

Fiscal Policies and Reports

  • Fellowship grant payments will be made to the institution where the research project takes place in one (1) payment in June.
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship, any unexpended balance of $100 or more must be refunded to the Foundation within forty-five (45) days together with the report of expenditures and accompanying documentation.
  • All final reports must be submitted electronically to info@nref.org.


  • The NREF encourages publication of research findings by fellows, but requires that the NREF is cited as a source of support on the first page of the text.
  • When a fellow presents a paper at a professional scientific meeting concerning research findings made during the course of an NREF funded fellowship, the NREF must be cited prior to the beginning of the presentation.
  • The NREF should be sent reprints of all papers and publications, including any electronic papers or publications, resulting from work done during the course of a fellowship, even those that appear after the fellowship has concluded.
  • The citation should appear in the Acknowledgements section as follows: This work is supported by the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (2022 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship).