Steve Miller Fellowship


Steven Z. Miller, MD, was director of pediatric emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian Morgan StanleyChildren's Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and a well-known educator in the movement promoting humanism in medicine. Dr. Miller died in 2004. The Department of Pediatrics established a fellowship in his memory, and invites applications from students in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) for the Steve Miller Fellowship in Medical Education. This fellowship supports projects completed during elective rotations and/or summer months by students at any level in the VP&S.

The Steve Miller Fellowship is intended to support research projects devoted to enhancing medical education or humanism in medicine from the medical student’s perspective. The fellowship experience is intended to be completed under the supervision of a faculty mentor, and should focus broadly on the generation of scholarship in these domains.  Scholarship can be broadly interpreted, and might include curriculum design, educational research, or intervention projects.

Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the proposed scholarship
  • Impact of the proposed work on the clinical experiences of medical students, with a particular focus on the development of humanism
  • Connection to other activities and/or research in the domain either at the students’ institution or at other sites
  • Institutional support for the project
  • Fellowship awardees will be required to present the results of their work in a 15-minute presentation at the Annual Steve Miller Education Day in October.

Submission Guidelines 

Applicants are required to submit the following materials by February 23, 2024:

  • A 3-page (maximum) description of the project to be undertaken, with a maximum of 10 references. Ensure that the proposal describes the connections between activities, outcomes, and impact. 
  • A 250-word personal statement describing student’s interest in this area
  • Letter of support from faculty mentor for the project
  • Letter “In Good Standing” from the Dean of Students
  • A budget with a proposed project timeline and budget justification (maximum $3,000). Funding can be used to cover student living expenses, curriculum material, supplies, and food needed to support proposed project
  • Student's curriculum vitae

(Please note that applicants receiving stipends from other full-time summer research programs will not be eligible for a Steve Miller Fellowship.)