NIDDK Medical Student Research Training Program (MSRT)

Notice Number: NOT-DK-05-004 (See Notice NOT-DK-08-001)

Key Dates
Release Date: November 24, 2004
Application receipt dates: April 15, 2005; April 15, 2006; and April 15, 2007.

Issued by
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), (

Administrative Supplement Program

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) announces the availability of administrative supplements to NIDDK training grants to allow medical students to take a year off from their medical school studies to pursue a year of research in conjunction with an NIDDK-supported Center.

At about 70% of the institutions at which the NIDDK supports one, or several Centers, ( there also exists an institutional training grant (T32) in the same field of research. The combination of a well-funded cadre of research investigators, the core facilities offered by the Center, and the structure of a training program make these locations rich environments for recruiting and developing young physician scientists. The NIDDK conducted a three-year pilot program at a selected group of institutions to determine the interest in, and utility of, allowing medical students to spend a year working in the laboratory of an investigator associated with both a DK-supported Center and a DK-supported T32 program. Seventeen students were supported over this three year period at five of the six selected sites.

The NIDDK will now allow any institution at which at least one DK-Center and an appropriate NIDDK Institutional NRSA grant (T32) exist to submit applications for highly motivated medical students to take a year off from their studies to pursue a research training experience supported by this Medical Student Research Training (MSRT) program. Support will be via supplements to the already funded training grant.

No more than two applications per institution will be funded. Support will be at the predoctoral stipend level in effect for the year in which the supplement is issued. An institutional allowance and travel to a scientific meeting are also allowable expenses.

Students must have completed at least one full year of medical school by the time they would begin their year of research training, must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must not hold the PhD, or other doctoral level, research degree. Students do not have to be from the institution at which they will receive training. All students must have concurrence from the Dean of their medical school to participate.


Guidelines for this program, including eligibility requirements, fiscal limitations, review criteria, and additional information are available on the NIDDK website,, or from:

Dr. Judith Podskalny
MSRT Program Director
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
6707 Democracy Blvd., Room 667 MSC 5450
Bethesda, MD 20892-5450
(301) 594-8876 Fax: (301) 480-8300

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