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National Institutes of Health-funded Undergraduate Program

MARC Scholarship Program


We are proud to announce that Vanderbilt University hosts a National Institutes of Health-funded Research Careers Undergraduate program (MARC at Vanderbilt). The overarching goal of the Vanderbilt MARC Scholars program is to increase the number of individuals in biomedical research from groups under-represented in the biomedical sciences* by preparing undergraduate students for successful application to and graduation from highly selective PhD and MD/PhD biomedical training programs, aligning fully with Vanderbilt’s mission of Inclusive Excellence across all disciplines. 

Students identify their interest in biomedical research, and their future goals of training as a PhD or MD/PhD, as early as the first semester of their Freshman year, and in doing so, begin participation in pre-MARC program activities, including professional skill development activities, career roundtables, and meetings with nationally recognized biomedical scientists who are guest speakers in the Vanderbilt MARC Scholars seminar series. Pre-MARC and MARC scholars engage in academic year and summer biomedical research, both at Vanderbilt University and nationally, including with scientists at other major research universities. 

Students apply in the Spring of their sophomore year for MARC Scholar funding, which provides partial support for 24 continuous months of tuition and provides a 24-month stipend to permit continued research engagement during the academic year and summers. MARC Scholars share their research findings at national meetings of biomedical scientists in their research area, as well as participating in career and professional development training to help prepare them for successful entrance into highly selective PhD and MD/PhD programs following graduation. To be eligible for NIH MARC support students must be US Citizens, or Permanent Residents, and major in one of the sciences, or engineering, related to biomedical science. 

The Vanderbilt MARC Scholars program partners with the Fisk University and Tennessee State University MARC U*STAR programs, and with graduate programs at Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities to provide MARC Scholars with a large cohort of peers and role models similarly interested in a career that contributes to better human health through research. 

For more information, or to apply to MARC at Vanderbilt, please contact

To read the program’s description on the NIH website, click here.

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