Ray Charles Foundation Scholarship

The Ray Charles Foundation (RCF), our program’s largest donor, supports students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The foundation has a strong interest in applicants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), but students from other institutions are also encouraged to apply.

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RCF Scholarships Overview

These scholarships are for third- or fourth-year undergraduate students, graduate students and students currently enrolled in, or awaiting acceptance to, medical school or a residency program. As part of the foundation’s mission to empower young people through education, the scholarships support up to two students spending one year at Cedars-Sinai, gaining hands-on experience and learning from neuroscience leaders and mentors in a world-class facility.


This scholarship is for applicants who identify as BIPOC, have a passion for neuroscience and are:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident aged 18 or older
  • A third- or fourth-year undergraduate, graduate or medical student, or post-graduate student awaiting acceptance to medical school or a residency program
  • Able to be in L.A for the program period and arrange their own travel and living accommodations.

Previous awardees are also eligible to apply for a subsequent year.

How to Apply

If you meet the eligibility requirements, we invite you to apply for a Ray Charles Foundation scholarship.

Selection Process and Key Dates

Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of neurosurgeons and research scientist faculty members in the Department of Neurosurgery. The committee’s exact membership may change year to year. The review process begins once the submission deadline has passed. Don’t forget the following dates.

  • Annual deadline for submission: April 15
  • Notification and final selection: by May 1
  • Onboarding of awardees: begins in July

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Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Scholarships and Pathways in Neuroscience Program at Cedars-Sinai.