The Guggenheims established the Guggenheim Family Neurosurgery Scholarship with the residual estate of their late son, Jean-Pierre, to provide funding for medical students who are interested in pursuing Neurosurgery training through an annual summer research program.

The Guggenheim Research Fellowship supports four Penn first or second year medical students each year. Students interested in applying should send their resume, brief research proposal description and letter of support from their Penn Neurosurgery faculty research mentor. Guggenheim Fellows will be required to submit a summary of their work at the end of the experience. Each selected candidate will receive a $2900.00 award for eight weeks of summer research.

2020 Submissions are Due by March 31st, 2020. Notice of selection will occur April 15th, 2020.

Interested candidates should submit completed applications to Eileen Maloney Wilensky, ACNP, Director, Neurosurgery Clinical Research Division By e-


  • Application Deadline: March 31st, 2020
  • Decision Letters: April 15th, 2020

Stipulation: Candidates are required to submit the following:

  1. Resume
  2. Project proposal description
  3. Letter of support from a faculty mentor in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Project Proposal Description

  1. Student Statement. The applicant must provide a statement regarding his/her perspective describing the purpose of the fellowship, the implications of the project and what the student will accomplish during the fellowship period (400 words or less).
  2. Project Information. Provide a brief abstract or summary of your project, including the title, hypothesis, methods, data analysis and anticipated outcomes (250 words or less).
  3. Goals. Describe how your selection as a Guggenheim Family Neurosurgery Scholar will help you attain your goals in medicine (250 words or less).
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