Gleitsman Student Diversity in Palliative Care Research Award


The Gleitsman Student Diversity in Palliative Care Research Award is designed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of palliative care by providing a mentored research experience and financial support to students between their first and second years of medical school in the summer of 2023. We particularly encourage students from groups specified by the NIH’s Interest in Diversity, as well as students from schools without a palliative care fellowship program, to apply.   


This program is remote, with possible travel to Pittsburgh, PA. Additional funding is provided for travel.


  • Current first-year medical students.
  • Current U.S. residents.
  • Students able to commit to at least 30 hours/week for 8 weeks from June – August 2023.
  • Priority will be given to candidates from populations highlighted by the NIH’s Interest in Diversity and/or institutions without a palliative care program.
  • NOTE: Current employees of the University of Pittsburgh are not eligible.


Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Learn more about why you should apply.


Applications Due
January 31, 2023, 11:59 PM EST

Notification of Awards
March 6, 2023

Program Start and End

June 1, 2023 – August 31, 2023


Announcing 2023 Gleitsman Scholars!

2022 Gleitsman Scholars

“The program has significantly impacted my specialty career decision. I now plan to pursue a career in palliative care…I fell in love with the field. I look forward to continuing to resolve gaps within healthcare and improving the quality of patient care.”

Chelsea Green, MS

Morehouse School of Medicine

2022 Gleitsman Scholar

Read more about Chelsea’s experience as a Gleitsman Scholar.

2021 LEADS/Gleitsman Scholars

“…I applied to this program to gain insight into another aspect of medicine that I may not have a chance to be exposed to within my cirriculum. Going through this program has allowed me…a greater understanding into the world of palliative care.”

Yvonne Maosa, Msc

University of the Incarnate Word

2021 LEADS/Gleitsman Scholar

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