Accepting Applications - Dick and Loraine Burger Head and Neck Surgery Research Fellowship

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As Head and Neck Research Fellows at the University of Washington Department of Otolaryngology, students will have the opportunity to engage in a year-long research project with a faculty mentor in head and neck surgery. This opportunity provides one year of funding and can be tailored to meet the interests of the selected candidate, though there are ongoing research projects to choose from. Current projects pertain to cancer epidemiology, tumor microbiome, functional genomics, drug discovery, bioengineering, and clinical outcomes. Research will be conducted within the Division of Head and Neck Surgery with all head and neck faculty.

Students also have the opportunity to shadow clinical activities, attend departmental educational activities, head and neck tumor board, and become acquainted with other Otolaryngology department members.

The Dick and Loraine Burger Fellowship is an endowed program established by Dick Burger and his late wife Loraine Burger. Dick has had a long-term interest in advancing the field of head and neck surgery to improve patient quality of life during and after treatment, following his own experience with head and neck cancer. His bio is below and reflects a deep commitment to advancing the field of head and neck cancer treatment.


This fellowship opportunity is available to medical students in all years of medical school, though priority will be given to students in their third or fourth year. The fellowship will necessitate taking a year away from clinical activity that is sanctioned by their home medical school. This position is available only to those that are a permeant U.S. residents (Green Card Holder or U.S. Citizen) as the University of Washington will not provide visa sponsorship.

Fellowship Awards

This award is funded with a stipend of $55,000 for the year to support living expenses with additional funding provided to support health benefits.


Students interested in this opportunity should prepare and submit the following:

-A letter of interest.

-A CV with an updated transcript.

-At least one letter of recommendation.

-A personal statement under 1 page detailing motivation to apply to UW, research experience, research interest, and goals for the year.


Applications for the position are due yearly in February although have been extended this year to March 29, 2024. Interviews will take place approximately 1 week following the deadline with members of the faculty by invitation only. It is recommended that tentative approval from the home medical school program be sought prior to applying.

Please send completed applications to Vanncy Crookes at