ccnmd undergraduate research fellowship

Fellowship Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders (CCNMD) Undergraduate Research Fellowship provides highly talented undergraduate students with early-career, hands-on engagement in cutting edge neuroscience research. Research opportunities focus on schizophrenia and related disorders and are primarily translational in approach; that is, the CCNMD research approach begins with clinical observations about the disease process that are converted into hypotheses that can be tested in the more tractable conditions of the laboratory in order to guide the development of novel therapeutic interventions.

Fellows begin the program during the summer following the freshman or sophomore year with a full-time, 10-week research experience supported by a $4,000 stipend. Over the course of the summer, each fellow works under the mentorship of one of the Center’s accomplished clinical or basic neuroscientists to develop a longitudinal, independent research project. The CCNMD Fellowship extends throughout the course of the undergraduate years and includes a series of educational and career counseling experiences, clinical exposure activities, and professional mentorship, in addition to intensive, ongoing engagement in the student’s research project. Students who participate in the summer research program after their freshman or sophomore years may be eligible for an additional research stipend during the following academic year. The overall aim of the CCNMD Undergraduate Fellowship is to prepare talented students for doctoral training leading to a career in mental health research. Students from ethnic, educational, or economic backgrounds that are typically under-represented in the field of scientific research are especially encouraged to apply.

The CCNMD Undergraduate Fellowship offers

• Early involvement in guided independent research
• Personal career counseling with highly successful clinical and basic neuroscientists
• Ongoing engagement in a longitudinal program of research
• Peer group training in the skills needed for a successful research career
• Exposure to the clinical challenges of schizophrenia that motivate translational research