Glide Year Opportunities

About 65-75% of Princeton students take one or more “glide years” between graduation and health professional school matriculation. We share available opportunities through our Vitals newsletter throughout the year.

Below are some popular glide year opportunities that are available from year to year.

Postgraduate Fellowships (gene​rally)

Numerous Princeton students work with the Office of Fellowship Advising to secure funds to pursue postgraduate academic and research endeavors. In recent years, pre-med students have been awarded the Rhodes, Sachs, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Dale, Labouisse, ReachOut, Churchill, and Whitaker fellowships. Director of Fellowship Advising Dr. Deirdre Moloney and Assistant Director Steve Gump are available to advise Princeton students about fellowship opportunities and to assist with the application process. To make an advising appointment, use the WASS calendar, call 8-1998, or stop by the OIP office in the Simpson International Building.

Princeton Project 55 Fellowship

The Princeton AlumniCorps Project 55 Fellowship Program provides recent Princeton graduates with formative experiences working in the public interest. While some fellowship placements are directly clinical, all of the placements will provide fellows with a greater awareness of critical social issues, and an opportunity to develop life and leadership skills while acting in the service of others. 

Princeton in Africa - Asia - Latin America

Princeton In... Fellowships Abroad are available to students from any undergraduate institution, but often place Princeton alums in their diverse sites, some with a health emphasis:

Americorps VISTA

Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities. Applications are accepted and evaluated year round.  Interested candidates must complete an on-line application through the Americorps VISTA website.

Community HealthCorps

Founded in 1995 by the National Association of Community Health Centers, Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce. To apply for the Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps program, locate the program you wish to join by visiting http://my.americorps.gov/.  After creating an account, you can search opportunities and submit an application to any AmeriCorps programs.

The National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world. Training opportunities include the post-baccalaureate intramural training awards (IRTA) for students who wish to pursue research after graduation, prior to entering health professions school.

While you are visiting the NIH site, be sure to check out the National Library of Medicine.  The NLM is an excellent resource for health related articles and publications.

UCSF Breast Care Center
Premedical Internship
The premedical UCSF Breast Care Center Internship Program is a highly competitive program which we offer recent college graduates the opportunity to gain 1-2 years of experience contributing to progress in basic science, clinical research, and patient care. Some participants are selected through the Princeton AlumniCorps P55 program, but independent applications are also considered.