Application Process for Research Scholarships, Residency and Fellowships

The Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) welcomes your interest in the research scholarship, residency and fellowship programs offered by our affiliated and training hospitals. All international candidates must fulfill the requirements listed below and submit all the necessary documents to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to be considered for any of these programs.

Close and early attention to fulfilling all OIA requirements will ensure a smoother and speedier application process, helping to ensure that all application deadlines are met.

How to apply:
First, download and complete our Application for Research Scholarships, Residency and Fellowships.

In addition to completing the application form, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Two passport-sized photos (2 by 2 inches).
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • An up-to-date personal statement that includes your primary area of interest, career goals, and personal and professional background.

To ensure that your photo, curriculum vitae and personal statement are acceptable, please refer to these application materials guidelines. Outside, fee-based professional assistance is available to help you prepare a CV and personal statement designed to positively impact your candidacy, as well as help prepare you for interviews, with TUSM-affiliated program directors. This service provider has been screened and deemed acceptable by the OIA.

  • A photocopy of your medical school graduation certificate.
  • Your medical school transcripts, with the school’s seal.
  • Your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) score reports (Step 1, Step 2-CK and Step 2-CS). Please indicate the number of attempts required to pass each Step. If you have passed Step 3 of the USMLE, please enclose a copy of the certificate, and also indicate the number of attempts required to pass that Step.

Research scholarship applicants may be considered candidates if they have passed USMLE Step 1 with the required score and are preparing for Step 2. However, to be accepted for a research scholarship (and, eventually, a residency position), they also must complete Step 2 with the required scores.

  • Your ECFMG certificate (may be in progress at the time of application).
  • For residency or fellowship candidates: An identification number from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). You should visit the AAMC Services site, click "Sign In" at the top right, then "Register for an AAMC Account." The AAMC ID number is used in conjunction with the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • A letter from your medical school Dean and/or your supervisor in your current position.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your training program director in the United States (if available).
  • A financial guarantee letter from your sponsor.
  • While not required of residency candidates, nor research scholarship candidates who have passed USMLE Step 1, submission of score reports on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a score of at least 95, is desirable for research scholarship and residency candidates. There are no TOEFL requirements for fellowship candidates.

To help track your progress in putting together all the required application materials, you may refer to this checklist. (It is for your personal use only, not for submission to the OIA.)

Send the application and all required materials via email, in a single PDF file, to:

Please note that the Office of International Affairs does not have direct access to your ERAS file, so do not send us your ERAS identification number in place of the required application material as outlined above.

The decision to call you for an interview is made by the director of the program to which you have applied. If you have questions about your application/interview status, please send an e-mail to oia@tufts.edu.

When to apply:
Now you know the required qualifications and application materials you must submit for acceptance into TUSM-affiliated research scholarship, residency and fellowship programs. So, when should you start?

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has laid out the following application timelines for those seeking research scholarships and resident positions. Please select the one that applies to you for the details on key dates.

Please do not communicate directly with the hospitals you wish to apply to, as all correspondence in regards to your application should go through our office.

The application process timeline for fellowship candidates varies, as matching for hospitals' individual programs occurs throughout the year. You can find the application/matching information for each individual fellowship program in the Specialties Matching Service section of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) web site.

After you apply:
Once the OIA has your completed application and all supporting material, here is what happens during the approval process, if you are seeking a research scholarship, residency or fellowship at a TUSM affiliated or training hospital.

For Research Scholarship Candidates

  • The OIA will contact you, schedule and conduct an interview with you via video conference.
  • If you meet our qualifications, we will notify you and pass on your application to appropriate specialty program directors at TUSM training hospitals.
  • If interested, a hospital specialty program director will arrange an interview with you, with an eye toward eventual selection for a residency program. There is no guarantee that a residency appointment will follow. Please note: The decision to call you for an interview is made by the program director. If you have questions about your application/interview status, please send an e-mail to oia@tufts.edu.
  • The hospital program director will review your application and, if you are selected as a research scholar, send you an offer letter.
  • Please do not communicate directly with the hospitals, as all correspondence in regards to your application should go through our office.
  • If you receive an offer letter, you will sign it, agreeing to the terms and conditions it sets forth.
  • The OIA will be notified of your Research Scholarship selection and initiate the visa process, providing you with the information needed to obtain your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. (More information on Visas)
  • The approving hospital's Human Resources, Health and specialty departments will send you paperwork which must be completed and returned by the specified date(s). Please note: It is imperative that you take the responsibility for properly completing and returning all documents on time.
  • You also must have, and so certify, personal health insurance coverage that meets TUSM requirements. Please fill out and return to the OIA via email (oia@tufts.edu) this International Applicant Health Insurance Coverage Statement.
  • In addition, before you begin your research scholarship assignment, you must provide to the hospital health department written proof of testing/immunization for a number of infectious diseases. Please complete and return to the OIA via email this International Applicant Immunization Form.
  • You also will be required to fill out a form on your health history to receive clearance to work from the hospital's health department.
  • You will be expected by your assigned hospital to be knowledgeable on these Patient Privacy and Health/Safety issues. Please study them carefully.

Congratulations. You then will begin your assignment as a research scholar after your visa is approved.

For Residency and Fellowship Candidates

  • In addition to completing your application to the OIA, you must also immediately register with, and submit all required information to, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) AND either the Main Match (residency) or Specialty Matching (fellowship) service of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  • The OIA will contact you, schedule and conduct an interview with you via video conference.
  • If you meet our qualifications, we will notify you and pass on your application to appropriate specialty program directors at TUSM training hospitals.
  • If interested, one or more hospital specialty program directors will arrange an interview with you. Please note: The decision to call you for an interview is made by the program directors. If you have questions about your application/interview status, please send an e-mail to oia@tufts.edu.
  • If you make a good impression in the interview(s), your credentials are acceptable, and you would like to be a resident or fellow at the hospital(s), each will rank the other highly in the NRMP Match. (Or, if you and/or the hospital(s) do not find the other acceptable, you may choose to pursue a Match outside the TUSM affiliate network.)
  • The NRMP match results are announced, and you choose your desired TUSM-affiliated residency or fellowship.
  • Please do not communicate directly with the hospitals, as all correspondence in regards to your application should go through our office.
  • The hospital that accepts you sends you a visa application (more information on Visas), as well as its Human Resources, Health and departmental paperwork, which must be completed and returned by the specified date(s). Please note: It is imperative that you take the responsibility for properly completing and returning all documents on time.
  • You also must have, and so certify, personal health insurance coverage that meets TUSM requirements. Please fill out and return to the OIA via email (oia@tufts.edu) this International Applicant Health Insurance Coverage Statement.
  • In addition, before you begin your residency or fellowship, you should be prepared to provide to the hospital health department written proof of testing/immunization for a number of infectious diseases. Please complete and return to the OIA via email this International Applicant Immunization Form.
  • You also will be required to fill out a form on your health history to receive clearance to work from the hospital's health department.
  • You will be expected by your assigned hospital to be knowledgeable on these Patient Privacy and Health/Safety issues. Please study them carefully.

Congratulations. You then will begin your residency or fellowship assignment after your visa is approved.

The OIA staff is ready and able to help international medical graduates navigate the often-complicated post-application process. Please don't hesitate to contact us.