I thought this would be good forum for this since hardly anyone looks at the research forums. I'm finishing up my second year and would like to plan to take a year between my 3rd and 4th year to do research. I don't know exactly what yet, but I feel like after third year, I will have a good idea of what I want to pursue as a specialty and can therefore tailor a research project and find a mentor that will be much more conducive to my specialty choice. How do people find funding for one year projects (more like 9 months actually with our rotation schedule). Are the best options those NIH fellowships where you work in Bethesda? I have also heard about HHMI's cloister program down in Bethesda as well for basic research. If I want to do clinical research, i heard about the CRTP at NIH. Is there anything else you guys can think of? A lot of these fellowships require a full year of committment, which with my rotation schedule is not possible. It'll be more like 10.5 months as there is a six week overlap. Any suggestions?