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Vanderbilt Stroke Research Fellowship

The Vanderbilt Stroke Research Fellowship is a competitive 2-year research and clinical fellowship. The fellowship will begin with research training and, during the 2nd year, fellows may continue their research while completing a 1-year ACGME-accredited clinical stroke fellowship or training in another discipline related to stroke care, such cerebrovascular neurosurgery or neuro-rehabilitation. A separate application through the ERAS system is required for the clinical stroke fellowship.

During the first year of training, applicants will obtain formal research training via the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) or Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Clinical research trainees will complete an MSCI for experimental research, or MPH, for epidemiologic/behavioral or outcome/health services research, unless they have an equivalent degree. Applicants will apply to the program of their choice after selection as a research fellow. Tuition will be provided.

Please complete the Vanderbilt Stroke Research Fellowship Application. With this application, please attach/provide the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae, with particular attention to your publication list.
  1. USMLE Scores (Steps 1, 2 &3)
  2. Personal Statement
    • Please include your name at the top of each page (maximum 3 pages)
    • Discuss your professional background, including your current position and/or research area, in as much detail as necessary to convey your interest in clinical research. Address, if appropriate, the evolution of your professional interest in research.
    • Discuss the scholarly work in which you are engaged or have been engaged. Be sure to describe your research in detail, including the research question, results, and the specific role you are playing or played in conducting the research.
    • Address your interest in the Cerebrovascular/Stroke research and explain why you think additional training and masters in degree, either the Vanderbilt MSCE or MPH degree will advance your professional goals and will prepare you to make positive, constructive contributions to your chosen area of work.
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation from employers or supervisors who are familiar with your professional work or from medical or graduate school faculty members who are acquainted with your academic performance. Please submit 1 letter that addresses your clinical work and 2 letters that address your potential for research/a career in academic medicine.

Further Information about the Vanderbilt Stroke Research Fellowship can be obtained by contacting Reena Black, at or calling 615-936-1567.