The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

 Application Deadline is Friday, January 25, 2019

Click here to apply: 2019 SRTP Application

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Diversity and Inclusion runs the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP). Founded in 1992, SRTP attracts college and medical students from around the nation to MGH. The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Twenty students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student’s research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students participate in weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions and have opportunities for clinical shadowing at MGH. 

Program Terms 

SRTP is a mandatory eight-week program, running from Monday, June 10 to Thursday, August 1, 2019. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to: 

  • Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Prepare an abstract of the research project
  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the program
  • Attend mandatory weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination) 

Program Support 

Once accepted, SRTP provides the following support and mentorship during the eight-week period of the program:

Financial Support

  • Housing near Harvard Medical School (no cost to the student)
  • $5,000 living stipend for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions

Program Mentorship

  • Research mentorship by prominent MGH investigators and their research teams
  • Career coaching and guidance by CDI staff and leaders in academic
  • Weekly didactic sessions
  • Social and career networking opportunities with SRTP co-hort, and MGH trainees and faculty.


SRTP is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
  • undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1styear medical student, or 1st year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student (note: freshman and sophomores not eligible)
  • attended/attending a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • If accepted, proof of health insurance will be required

Application Process

The deadline for completed applications (2019 SRTP Application, as well as supporting materials) is 5:00 pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 (no exceptions allowed).  Please complete the 2019 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below. Once you begin the application, you are able to save and return later.

A complete application must include:

Part I: 2019 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Essay Question
  • Resume
  • Photo

Part II: Supporting Documents

A) Two Letters of Recommendation must be submitted to this link: mghsrtp.org/recommendations.

B) Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s). Online format is preferred, emailed to: SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.

  • If you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts, please request that your medical school administrator complete and upload a Letter of Good Standing onto this online form: mghsrtp.org/letterofgoodstanding.

Please visit the SRTP Website for more information on how to apply.

 Important Dates to Remember: 

Application Available: Monday November 26, 2018
Application Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019
Decisions Made By: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Program Starts: Monday, June 10, 2019
Program Ends: Thursday, August 1, 2019 


All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline.  

 All required supporting documents must be received by Friday, January 25, 2019.  It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office.  Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.  

 Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and SRTP FAQs

 *Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population).  These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others.  Sources: AAMCNIH and National Science Foundation