The fellowship is intended to provide an intellectual opportunity and funding for substantive and innovative humanities-focused projects on medical topics or issues. Those wishing to undertake substantial creative works, such as writing, visual, or performing arts, depicting topics in health and healing are also welcome to apply for this award. FIMH is a competitive, paid fellowship sponsored by the Division of Medical Humanities and Office of Medical Education available for one year. During that time, students receive a stipend of $18,000 (broken down into bi-weekly installments) to cover living and research expenses.
Please note: Students applying for year out funding and who are eligible for Federal Work Study will receive $4,500 from the University and $13,500 from Federal Work Study for a maximum yearly award of $18,000, which is dispersed bi-weekly. Students who are not eligible for Federal Work Study will receive a maximum $4,500 award from the University, which will be paid on a bi-weekly basis. Students who are not eligible for work-study are highly encouraged to seek other funding sources. Please contact the Director of Financial Aid to determine work-study eligibility.
The fellowship research work itself consists primarily of independent study, information collection and analysis, and completion of a substantial product, whether as a long essay or thesis, or creative work. The student must secure an advisor or, where appropriate, co-advisors in Rochester and at the site(s) of their research work with expertise in the student’s research area to serve as mentor/advisor the student.
The student will need to demonstrate appropriate skills and background knowledge for the project and to identify specific skills and knowledge relevant to his/her project which will need to be further developed, and how this will be achieved (through course work, individual tutorial sessions or other learning activities with supervisor(s) in Rochester or at other institutions or settings as appropriate.
The student is required to submit a substantial final draft of their project to all project advisors upon completion of their fellowship year for review, and arrange to meet with his/her primary supervisor(s) in person within 3 months after the completion of the fellowship. A final revised clean copy must be submitted by December 31 of a student’s final year of medical school to the Director of the Division of Medical Humanities for dissemination to the student’s Advisory Dean, FIMH Review Committee, advisors and others. The final revisions and editing of the projects may be done in part through the Medical Humanities Independent Research Project elective, MHU 950.
During the course of the fellowship year, FIMH students are required to have regular communication with their Advisory Deans and also their project advisors, submitting monthly written progress reports and action plans for review. Students are also encouraged to seek involvement and research guidance from other URSMD faculty with expertise in their FIMH topic. Fellows are also expected to submit basic outlines and drafts of their work-in-progress, to allow their advisors and other readers appropriate time to make critiques before the completion of the fellowship. The student’s advisor assigns the thesis or project a rating of Pass, Fail, or Honors. The Division of Medical Humanities will also support students who have excelled in their Fellowship if they wish to publish all or part of their thesis.
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry students become eligible to participate in this program after the successful completion of their first year, and remain eligible until their graduation. FIMH terms begin in July and extend until the following summer, with the thesis defense to occur prior to that following October 31. FIMH projects need to be feasible in that time frame.