Summer Oncology Research 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. Students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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 and abroad. 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 up to $600/week for a minimum of ten weeks and a maximum of twelve weeks. 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 will designate areas of research interest in their initial application. They may also list specific mentor(s) of interest. Upon acceptance, students are provided an updated list of mentors and projects and are required to specify preferences. Matches will be made based on these preferences, student qualifications, and the number of students requesting specific mentors/projects. Mentors and students will be connected via email and encouraged to begin communication in preparation for the project (i.e. reading materials, specific aims and description of project, etc.). Mentors will guide and supervise their student's research throughout the fellowship period. Projects 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, optimally, acquire data that will result in a scientific abstract and/or peer reviewed publication.

Program Fast Facts

Fellows Per Year: up to 20
Application Deadline: December 19, 2018
2019 Dates: May 6- September 13
Stipend: up to $600/week

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Click here for a listing of our Prior Fellows

How to Apply

The application period will begin November 5, 2018 and close December 19, 2018.

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

Please submit your requests for letters of reommendation as soon as possible as these usually take time.

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