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High School Program in Biomedical Research

Applications are now open for Wistar’s High School Summer Fellowship Program, Summer 2022!

A Summer of Science for a Lifetime of Learning

Since 1994, Wistar’s High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research has offered high school students the hands-on opportunity to take part in experimental research projects in areas such as cancer biology, genetics, vaccine development, bioinformatics, and infectious diseases. This summer, students will learn biomedical laboratory techniques through curriculum based, real Wistar science in our new, state-of-the-art training lab. In addition, students will be introduced to valuable research skills including searching and reading scientific literature and effective science communication.

Fellowship Schedule & Stipend

Wistar’s High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research takes place Wednesday, July 6th through Thursday, July 28th, Monday to Thursday each week, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Wistar Institute is located in the University City District of West Philadelphia, at 3601 Spruce Street.

Students will receive a single stipend of $1,000 for completion of the program to defray commuting costs or other expenses.


To be eligible for the program, students must be:

  • At least 16 years of age;
  • Enrolled in a science course; and
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Note: This Program gives preference and may be limited to students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia. 

To Apply

Create an account and then start your application process using the “Add New High School Program Summer 2022 Application” button.

Applications are due by May 20, 2022. The selection process will include an interview of qualified candidates.

Contact Us

For more information about the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research at The Wistar Institute, please contact:

Cailey Bice
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Wistar Institute gratefully acknowledges generous support for the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research from:

Citizens Bank
Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation  
Pincus Family Foundation
​​​​​​​The Scholler Foundation

High School Fellowship Program

“The High School Fellowship confirmed for me that I want a research career. It exposed me to the field I want to go into before college and gave me valuable experiences I could not have gotten elsewhere.”

A.L., Julia R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School
Wistar High School Fellowship Graduate