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The purpose of this resource page is to increase student and faculty awareness of:

  • CoE tools and applications
  • Scholarships, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • Faculty fellowships
  • Research funding announcements
  • Developments in the field of racial/ethnic health disparities, health equity and cultural competences
  • National and regional trends in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of URM health sciences faculty
  • National and regional data on URM medical school applications, acceptance and completion rate, average MCAT and USMLE scores
  • Other relevant data

CoE Tools and Applications

Students who meet the HUCOM CoE eligibility requirements (Howard University College of Medicine Center of Excellence | Howard University Telehealth Training Center) are encouraged to apply. If you are excited about a medical career but do not meet the eligibility qualifications, we encourage you to contact us at so that we might discuss pathways for you to successfully apply to and complete medical school.

Scholarships, Internships, and Other Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • African-American Links grants and scholarship opportunities for Black students.
    • Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship - The Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship is titled after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein. Since 2012, students have profited greatly from the initiative. AACOM actively supports the initiative.
    • Foundation Education Award Scholarship - Each year, the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society offers the Foundation Education Award Scholarship. This $5,500 grant is provided to one African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Southeast Asian student. Aside from that, candidates will have to be US citizens.
    • Medical Diversity Scholarship Program -  Each year, the program offers one scholarship prized at $2,000 per beneficiary to help worthy undergraduate students pursuing medical studies in the United States.
    • Mary Holloway McCoo, M.D. and Wayman Glen McCoo, Sr. M.D. Scholarship - Annually, the organization accords two scholarships totaling $2,500 per semester to medical students. The scholarship is available to postgraduate and doctoral educators enrolled in an M.D. program at an approved institution or university in the United States.
    • Student Of Color Scholarship - The Student of Color Scholarship is another top option made available by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Note that the scholarship program seeks to put money into the future of osteopathic medicine in the Pacific Northwest. Students from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana are able to qualify for the scheme.
    • American Medical Association - Through this program, African Americans can find grants for minority medical students through the AMA as well as other related sources, The program provides extensive information for minority medical students who are looking for grants to fund their research, residencies, and more.
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a special program that is designed for African Americans, minorities, and other disenfranchised groups to find the funding they need for medical school. This program also lists several other grants for other areas of medical practice on their website.
    • The United Negro College Fund - Perhaps the most well-known African American grant programs, the United Negro College Fund is an organization that provides scholarships, grants, and other funding for African Americans to go to college. There are varied opportunities that you can find on this platform as an African American. Grants for minority medical students are available to African Americans through two different avenues in the program: the UNCF itself as well as the Merck Science Institute.
    • Dr. Marie Zakrzewski Medical Grant - This medical grant by Dr. Zakrzewski is a grant that is geared to help medical students in their quest to complete their education. Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship is worth $3,500. This program fund is awarded annually.
    • AAHD Frederick Krause Scholarship - This program covers several other areas of medical program evaluation. The Federick Krause grant takes into the cognizance that the number of available grants that are open to students who identify as African Americans are quite stringent.
  • American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA is a national organization that has different programs to help with funding. Minority Scholars Program is one of the most important funds for minority medical students. The program provides minority medical students with grants to fund their education, research, residencies, and more.
  • Department of Education: Scholarships and Resources for HBCU Students. Part of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Fast Web Scholarship Database. Fastweb is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to scholarships and financial aid tools.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI selects researchers and grantees to support through competitions that have specific objectives and eligibility criteria.
  • Lewis/Ferguson Internships and Fellowships. CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports the CDC John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars [Lewis Scholars; formerly CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS)] Program and the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases (Ferguson) Fellowship. These programs provide internship and fellowship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings.
  • Medical School Grants for Minorities. The "Ultimate List of Grants."
  • Minority Scholarships, Medical School, Nursing, Public Health Tool. Search engine for scholarships and fellowships in Allied Health, Communication, Sciences and Disorders, Health Administration, Health Sciences, Medicine, Mental Health, Nursing, Nutritional Science, Psychology, Pharmacy, Premed, and Public Health.
  • National Medical Fellowships. Scholarship search engine for African American/ Black Students. Their primary goal is to achieve equity of opportunity in medicine and equity of access to quality health care for all groups in American society by increasing the number of minority physicians and changing the face of medicine to better reflect and serve our diverse nation
  • Student Educational Employment Program. HRSA's SEEP provides Federal employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, two- or four- year college or university, graduate or professional school.
  • Summer Intership Program in Biomedical Research. NIH's program is for college, graduate school, and professional (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) school students.
  • Student Opportunities at NIH. Registered Students at NIH are offered a wide range of research training programs aimed at enhancing a student’s knowledge and understanding of biomedical research while contributing to the achievement of an individual’s educational goals. 
  • Student Programs at CDC. CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship and fellowship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings.
  • UNIGO Black Medical Students Scholarship. The Black Medical Students Scholarship will be awarded to a current or future Black medical student across any medical specialty. This scholarship is part of the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series.
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The UNCF is the most well-known African American grant program that offers many scholarships, grants, and fellowships to African American student.s
  • USAID Student Internships and Recent Graduate Programs. USAID offers paid and unpaid internships and fellowship opportunities to qualified, talented students and recent graduates.

Faculty Fellowships

  • Faculty of Color Working Group: Mellon Fellowship. The Mellon Faculty of Color Fellowship program seeks to relieve scholars of these institutional hindrances by providing resources to reduce many of the barriers that make it difficult for faculty of color to research, think, and engage in their transformative work at their home institutions.

  • Fellowships and Training Opportunities. CDC has many diverse fellowship, internship, training, and volunteer opportunities for students and professionals.  Many of these opportunities provide invaluable experience and potentially offer clear cut paths to exciting careers with CDC.
  • Hutchins Center for African and African American Research Fellowship Application. The Hutchins Center community is rich in programming and opportunities to network with scholars engaged in African and African American research.
  • Individual Fellowships. NIH provides individual research training opportunities (including international) to trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.
  • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. JBHE Employment Zone - Fellowships & Professional Programs Database.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities -The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members.  
  • Postdoctoral, Early Career, and Faculty Programs. NIH provides support for mentored postdoctoral research experience opportunities to develop critical teaching and mentoring skills at a teaching-intensive partner institution with a diverse student populations. 

Research Funding Announcements

  • A system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies. Search for current funding opportunities.
  • Office of Women's Health.The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women's Health (OWH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers grant programs to support innovative projects to address critical women's health issues. These projects provide information, advance policies, educate health care professionals and consumers, and support innovative programs.

Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities, Health Equity, and Cultural Competences

  • Office of Minority Health. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
  • National Center for Cultural Competence. The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.
  • CLAS Standards. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) is a way to improve the quality of services provided to all individuals, which will ultimately help reduce health disparities and achieve health equity.

National and Regional Trends: Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion

National and Regional Data: Applications, Acceptance, Completion Rates; MCAT/USMLE Scores