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Underrepresented Minority Medical Student Research Program

Investing in the Next Generation of Researchers

The Applications Cycle for the 2024 – 2025 Academic Year is now closed

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) believes a diverse scientific workforce is critical to achieving our mission of curing all blood cancers. Our Underrepresented Minority Medical Student Research Program provides minority medical students with opportunities to experience cutting-edge research alongside experienced blood cancer scientists.

Students will perform laboratory research for one year and will be provided with $75,000 for living expenses and up to $5,000 for relocation costs.

Click here to meet Jennifer, our very first awardee, and read more about the program on the LLS Blog.


  • Must be a 2nd—4th year medical student at an LCME-accredited medical school in good standing by the application due date
  • Must be Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or a U.S. territory
  • Applicants must submit:
    • A personal statement detailing their interest in blood cancer research
    • Most recent transcript
    • A letter of support from a dean of the student’s medical school
    • A second supporting letter from a professor or other doctoral-level administrator
Program Opens for Applications June 1, 2023
Completed Applications Due December 15, 2023 (by 3:00 PM EST)
Notification of Acceptance By February 1, 2024
Notification of Lab Placement By March 1, 2024
Proposals for Research Projects Due May 1, 2024
Student Research July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025

Join the next generation of physician scientists and help pioneer a better understanding of blood cancers.


Email or call (914) 821-8497