Summer Oncology Fellowship

This program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical school students pursuing interests in oncology research.

While the program has traditionally been designed for students who have completed their first year of medical school, highly qualified undergraduates majoring in the health science fields may be considered. Medical students beyond their first year in medical school may be considered with prior approval from the Program Director.

Faculty mentors are located both at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine.

The Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Program is traditionally awarded to students from universities and medical schools throughout the United States. Prior candidates have been exceptional students.

Learn More About the Training Program

  • Student Activities
  • AYA Patient-Student Partnership Experience: An Extension of the Summer Oncology Fellowship
  • Stipends
  • Mentorship Matching

Students actively participate in clinical or laboratory research studies during their fellowship, and some have authored or co-authored peer reviewed publications as well as presented their work at major national and international scientific meetings. Many have gone on to academic medical careers.

In partnership with Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program is currently being developed by Keck Medical Center, led by the Norris Cancer Hospital and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. The program is specifically tailored to address the gap in cancer care currently experienced by patients between the ages of 15 and 39. Students with a particular interest in issues affecting AYA patients will have the opportunity to conduct research and participate in experiential learning focused on this patient population.

Since this program is new and requires local participation beyond the summer, participation is limited only to USC’s Keck School of Medicine students. Read more.

The students are paid a weekly stipend of $350 for a minimum of six weeks or maximum of ten weeks. A limited amount of funds are available as reimbursement for travel and housing on a case-by-case basis for those students from outside the greater Los Angeles area. While participating in the program, students will be expected to attend a lecture series held at the hospital on aspects of pediatric oncology designed specifically for them and will be encouraged to attend other scientific lectures in their area of research.

Students are asked to designate five areas of interest on their application. This information is then considered when matching accepted students with their mentors. Potential mentors review the accepted students' applications in their selected areas of interest and make selections from this pool. The mentors may then contact the students directly or through the Summer Oncology Program Coordinator. If an accepted student wishes to work with a specific mentor, the Coordinator will inform the faculty member of the interest and forward to him/her the student's application for review.

After a match has been made, the mentor approves the fellow's project and supervises the student throughout the fellowship period. The fellow's project should have a well-defined objective, as he/she will need to give a brief written and oral presentation at the end of the summer and could result in a scientific abstract and/or publication.

Program Fast Facts

Fellows Per Year: 9
Application Deadline:
December 19, 2016
* Please note that the due date has been changed from January 31, 2017 to December 19, 2016.
Duration: 6-10 weeks, at least 8 weeks preferred
2017 Dates: May 22 - August 31
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No 
Stipend: $350/week

Download Program Flyer
Click here for a listing of our Prior Fellows

How to Apply

The application period will begin November 1, 2016 and close December 19, 2016.

Applications are submitted electronically via the Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Application website.

In addition to the online application, the following documents are required:

  • Personal statement
  • Current CV
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Verification of school enrollment

The application will detail how to submit these documents so please print those pages for your reference.