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Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

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Winning medical school scholarships and awards can provide a major boost to your residency application, and set you apart from your peers. According to the 2018 NRMP Program Director Survey:


  • 72 % of neurosurgery residency programs cited awards or special honors in clinical clerkships as a factor used to make interview decisions.

  • 52% of neurosurgery residency programs cited awards or special honors in basic sciences as a factor used to make interview decisions.


In another survey of neurosurgery residency programs, medical school awards were ranked higher in the residency selection process than preclinical grades, medical school reputation, and MSPE. 


Awards can be placed in the application, MSPE (Dean's Letter), letters of recommendation, and CV. We have found that interviewers often ask about awards during residency interviews.

In our book, Medical Scholarships, Grants & Awards: Insider Advice On How To Win Scholarships, we offer you a detailed strategy to maximize your chances of winning.

The book includes a chapter on awards and scholarships available in neurosurgery with profiles of past student winners.

Resources to Help you Win Scholarships, Awards and Grants

  1. What I learned from Medical School Scholarships and Award Recipients  Read more >>

  2. Don't shy away from Seeking Medical School Scholarships: Tips to Finding and Earning Awards  Read more >>

  3. Medical School Scholarships, Grants, & Awards: Insider Advice on How to Win  Read more >>

  4. AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship 

  5. Campagna Scholarship 

  6. Young Neurosurgeons Committee (YNC) 2017 Medical Student MISSION Fellowship  Read more >>

  7. CSNS/CNS Medical Student Summer Fellowship In Socioeconomic Research  Read more >>

  8. Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience  Read more >>

Columbia Med Student Wins Best Neuro-trauma Paper at National Neurosurgery Meeting
Examples of Past Medical Students Winners
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