Clinician Researcher Development Program (CRDP)

Summer 2024 application NOW OPEN

Through active participation in clinical and/or biomedical research experiences, the CRDP provides mentorship to both graduate or undergraduate students who aim to actively engage in clinical or translational research as a regular aspect of clinical practice within the healthcare field.

The ATSRI supports a select group of broad yet critically-minded students to provide them with a research experience that will be meaningful in their development as a clinician researcher by teaching them to:

  • Formulate a scientific question
  • Analyze data
  • Write manuscripts
  • Develop and present scientific posters
  • Compete for research funding

ATSRI internship students

The ATSRI offers the following programs

  • Summer Research Experience: Two-month research experience beginning late May or early June and ending late July or early August.
  • Academic Year Research Experience: An intensive experience beginning in August and ending in May.


  • Stipend: When funding is available, for their participation in the program, students will receive either an earning stipend or funding to present research at a national conference.
  • Academic/Elective Credit: When available, the ATSRI will work with your University/College to fulfill academic program research/scholarship requirements.

Program requirements

  • Research Hours: Students selected for a Summer Research Experience are expected to pursue their training approximately 30 hours/week. Students selected for the Academic Year Research Experience are expected to pursue training 4-10 hours/week.
  • Mentorship/Team Meetings: Students are expected to meet with their research mentor and attend team meetings as required.
  • Protecting Human Subject Research Participants and Financial Conflict of Interest: Students selected for participation in clinical research projects and/or projects involving human subjects must complete the NIH Office of Extramural Research web training programs Protecting Human Research Participants and Financial Conflict of Interest.
  • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS): Each year in the fall the ATSRI hosts an annual research symposium. All CRDP students are expected to submit an abstract to the symposium.


Although previous research experience is not necessary, applicants must possess or demonstrate the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Strong interest in a career as a physician or allied health professional focused on whole body healthcare based on attention to the mind, body, and spirit of their future patients or a strong interest in a career that directly contributes to clinical research activities (i.e., computer technology, engineering, and psychology).
  • Strong interest in science and the scientific method.
  • Community service/leadership experience.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, and technological).
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Broad-yet critically-minded.
  • Demonstrated maturity.

atsri interns

Application process

To apply for a Clinical Research Internship, submit the following materials:

  • Completed Application
  • Letter of Intent (Cover Letter)—please address the following in your letter:
    1. Reasons for interest in the program
    2. Academic/professional goals
    3. Personal interest in clinical and/or biomedical research
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: At least one letter must be from a faculty member who can speak to your academic ability. The second letter may be from another faculty member, employer or organization that you work with.
  • Transcript: Email an official transcript showing the most recent courses taken to:

Contact with any questions.