Research Funding Information

Nationwide organizations, like the National Institutes of Health and the American Association of Dental Student Research, award funding for a variety of research projects. Funding opportunities from foundations and bio-tech companies are available projectively and periodically. Travel awards, fellowships and research grants are awarded to graduate students and post-graduate residents from a number of other sources. In addition, the Office of Institutional Advancement at the school of dentistry provides information about scholarships and awards for student researchers. Aside from the opportunities listed here, national meetings often offer travel awards to students wishing to present research. Funding opportunities are periodically updated as new information becomes available.

National Institutes of Health Funding

National Institute of Dental Research & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  

Other Funding Sources


Short-term training for DDS or DDS/PhD students

  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program requires one year away from dental school curriculum. Click here for more information.
  • The American Association of Dental Research Student Research Fellowship is available for DDS or DDS/PhD students; deadline is January. Click here for more information.
  • The Clinical Research Training Program offers a one-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, with an optional second year. Click here for more information.

University of Maryland School of Dentistry graduate awards

  • The Graduate Student Research Association Research Grant provides $1,000 toward research expenses, based on financial need and merit. Click here for more information.

Summer research training programs

Underrepresented minorities and need-based awards

  • UNCF/Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships are given to a dozen African American science graduate students. The awards include a stipend of up to $42,000 and a research grant of up to $10,000. Research projects must be one to three years in length; deadline is December. Click here for more information.

Travel Awards

  • The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology gives several travel awards. Click here for more information.
  • Students in the Summer Research Training Program are awarded travel grants to the American Dental Association Annual Session and the Hinman Student Research Symposium.

Office of Institutional Advancement

Other UMB Research Resources & Services