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Biomedical & Life Sciences Summer Fellowship

The Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Program

The Biomedical and Life Sciences Fellowship Program encourages students from diverse populations to consider pursuing graduate work in the Biomedical and Life Sciences fields by engaging them in an intensive 10-week full-time summer research experience. Participating undergraduates not only gain confidence in their ability to experience valuable hands-on research and mentoring, but they also learn to appreciate the advantages of pursuing an advanced degree. Students in the program participate in facilitated lunch box discussions, journal clubs, networking events, and seminars co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School and Rackham Graduate School.

Benefits of being a UROP Biomedical and Life Science Fellow include:

  • Collaborate with a University of Michigan researcher at the forefront of their career.
  • Network with undergraduates, graduates and researchers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Obtain transferrable skills you can apply to your academic coursework.
  • Participate in professional development and Graduate School Preparation activities.
  • Present at UROP Summer Symposium.

Stipend Award: $4000, does not include housing

Fellowship Dates: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - Friday, August 2, 2019

Application Opens: Friday, November 30, 2018

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Acceptance Notification: will begin on Friday, March 15, 2019

Mandatory Orientation: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Application Instructions




  • Current undergraduate students attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus not graduating in May 2018.
  • Students may not take spring or summer courses while participating in the Biomedical and Life Science fellowship program.
  • Must work a minimum of 35 hours weekly and participate in required seminars, journal clubs and events.
  • Must present at the Summer Symposium.

For more information, please contact Charmise L. Knox (, Academic Program Manager.

Application Requirements

Click here to apply for the Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Fellowship. 

Personal Statement

Think of your 1-2 page personal statement as an interview with the selection committee. We are looking for evidence of your intellectual curiosity and your interest in personal development. This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself — your hopes, ambitions, life experiences and inspirations. Be open. Be reflective.

Research Proposal

The 2-4 page research proposal is a persuasive document that describes the scope of your research, why it should be done, your methodology, your proposed timeline, and your expected results by the end of the fellowship. Preparation of the proposal, in collaboration with your research mentor, enables you to confirm that you will have a realistic project to undertake during the 10-week timeline.

Recommendation Letters

You will need two letters of recommendation. One of your letters must be from your research sponsor/mentor. The second letter should come from a professor, graduate student instructor, volunteer coordinator or academic advisor.


A resume highlights your skills related to your career interests. It connects your story to your community and includes your academic achievements, volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities, summer jobs and internships.

Order a UM Transcript

Current and many former students with a uniqname and university/Kerberos password can order transcripts online through Wolverine Access. From the Student Business page, choose Order Transcript.


Contact Information

For more information, please contact Charmise L. Knox (, Academic Program Manager.