Student Research Fellowship Program

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Application Dates
How to Apply
Selection Process
Additional information

About the Program

Each year a selected number of dental students are awarded summer research fellowships on a competitive basis by the Research Committee to support research projects under faculty supervision. The School of Dental Medicine is committed to providing all interested students with opportunities to do research. Students are encouraged to get involved in research projects being conducted at the School, as well as at affiliated institutions including the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Schools of Medicine, Nutrition and Veterinary Medicine, the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Boston VA Outpatient Clinic, and the New England Medical Center.

Students are able to conduct research in a wide variety of disciplines and dental specialties. You can read the abstracts from past student and faculty research here.

Application to the Student Research Fellowship Program involves the submission of a complete research proposal which includes enough description to allow for objective evaluation of the project.

TUSDM provides a stipend for students awarded the research fellowship. Acceptance of the award requires participation in the Bates-Andrews Student Research Day. Only one student will be funded per project.

Students participating in the program will also attend a mini-course designed to enhance learning, broaden the students’ skills, scientific thinking, satisfaction in their research experience and promote camaraderie among the group.

For additional information on how to apply, please see the section below on How to Apply, or contact Eileen Doherty, Director of Predoctoral Student Research,, 617-636-6870.


  • Applicants must be enrolled as a first, second, or third year DMD student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Application Dates

First-year students (D20):
Letter of intent
: Friday, January 6, 2017
Online application: Monday, January 30, 2017
Research Proposal due: Monday, February 13, 2017
Notifications sent to students: Monday, February 27, 2017
Revisions due: Monday, March 13, 2017

Second- and Third-year students (D19 & D18):
Letter of intent: Friday, January 27, 2017
Online application: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Research Proposal due: Monday, April 17, 2017
Notifications sent to students: Monday, May 1, 2017
Revisions due: Monday, May 15, 2017


How to Apply

1. Submit the Letter of Intent via email ( or bring a hard copy to Dental Research Administration in DHS 1513A.

2. Download and complete the complete the Student Research Fellowship Program Application form.

Before you download the application make sure you have Adobe Reader version 10 or 11, it is available by a free download just by clicking this link, If you open the application without this program your text will not visible to the application review committee.

Please upload the completed form below, or email it to

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc.
    You may also email your form as an attachment to

This application form includes information related to the approval of your project from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Make sure to check with your advisor regarding those requirements as they pertain to your study. More information regarding IRB approval can be found here.

3. The Faculty Support Letter must be signed by your faculty advisor, scanned and emailed to by the application deadline date.

4. Once your complete application is received, you will receive an invitation to a Tufts TRUNK site to download your research proposal.  Your research proposal must be downloaded by the proposal submission deadline. Incomplete or late applications and proposals will not be considered.

Selection Process

Submitted research proposals will be judged by members of the Faculty Research Committee. Judging criteria will include timeliness and significance of the research, the appropriateness of the study design, perceived feasibility, and organization and clarity of the written proposal.

Further information on how to write the research proposal is available here.


Students will be informed of one of three outcomes:

  • The proposal was accepted for funding. Award notices will include the amount of stipend, information about the summer research mini-course, as well as due dates for progress reports, and presentation opportunities.
  • The Research Committee has recommendations for proposal revision. You must submit a revised proposal by the revision due date in order to be further considered for funding.
  • The proposal was denied funding. Students may continue the research without funding, as long as all IRB/IACUC approvals are in place.

Additional Information

For questions or additional application materials, contact:
Eileen Doherty, Director of Predoctoral Student Research
DHS 702