NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Dr. Marston Linehan with a group of NIH Medical Research ScholarsThis 1-year NIH program is intended for medical, dental, and veterinary students. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, a dental school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, or a veterinary school that is accredited by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Dr. Marston Linehan with Chino Okaro, Medical Research Scholar

UOB Medical Research Scholar

Chino Okaro (2014-2015), a Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) student and third-year medical student from New York University, planned to pursue a career in urology after medical school.  Working under the supervision of Drs. Peter Pinto and W. Marston Linehan, his research included work on the utility of serial multi-parametric MRI in the management of prostate cancer patients on active surveillance and MRI-guided prostate biopsy studies.


The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.

  • Medical and Osteopathic Students:  participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your first year of clinical rotations (i.e., third year of medical school).
  • Dental and Veterinary Students:  due to the integrated nature of the third and fourth (clinical) years, participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your second or fourth year.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2021-2022 class is October 1, 2020 - January 8, 2021.  Apply here.