Robert A. Winn Clinical Investigator Pathway Program

The Robert A. Winn Clinical Investigator Pathway Program (Winn CIPP) for medical students is one of the program initiatives of the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program, a $114 million initiative funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Gilead Sciences, and Amgen. This national program is designed to increase diversity in clinical trials and transform the clinical research landscape.

Winn CIPP is a 6-week intensive and immersive summer service-learning externship that provides medical students (MD, MD/PhD, DO, DO/PhD) who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) and/or from a disadvantaged background with opportunities to experience and participate in clinical research conducted in community-based clinical research settings (e.g., community health centers, safety net hospitals, clinical research organizations). The goal of the Winn CIPP is to expose medical students to career pathways in clinical research, particularly community-oriented research that is focused on increasing inclusion, equity, and diversity in the conduct of clinical and translational research. During the program, Winn CIPP Students will gain exposure to clinical research and acquire community engagement and leadership skills.

The 2024 Winn CIPP will take place during two 6-week program periods:

  • Group 1: Monday, June 3rd – Friday, July 12th, 2024
  • Group 2: Monday, June 10th – Friday, July 19th, 2024

In 2024, Winn CIPP Site Partners will be located in the following cities (cities are subject to change):

Atlanta, GA                 Chicago, IL

Los Angeles, CA          Louisville, KY

New Orleans, LA         New York, NY

Phoenix, AZ                 Richmond, VA

San Antonio, TX          Seattle, WA

Stipend: Winn CIPP students receive a $7,500 stipend for their participation during the externship.

During the program, they learn the basics of clinical trials and work at community-based clinical research organizations to provide outreach, education, and engagement on clinical trials. Students will receive training in three areas:

  • Clinical Research – Students gain clinical research exposure through engagement with clinical investigators in community-based clinical research organizations and academic medical centers.
  • Community Engagement – Students develop team-based service-learning projects, in which they conduct short-term capacity-building interventions, such as community needs assessments or implement patient initiatives (education, outreach, and/or informational programs). Students will design and conduct their projects in collaboration with site supervisors.
  • Leadership Development – Students are introduced to clinical research career development pathways and receive mentoring that supports their development of community-oriented clinical research leadership skills.

Due Date: January 8, 2024.

How to Apply: Students may apply through the following link.

Sponsor Contact: Desiree Vasquez, Program Manager at or email general questions to

Medical students interested in applying should contact Matt Layne to discuss about their applications and assistance our Proposal Development office can provide.

Matthew Layne, PhD
Assistant Dean for Research