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Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

The goal of the MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM) to consider research careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities.


2016 SRTP Application Cycle Now Open!
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016


Each summer, fifteen students are selected from a nationwide competition to join SRTP. 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 a Mass General Hospital (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 will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.


Program Terms

The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight week program, running from Monday, June 13 to Thursday, August 4, 2016. 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 13, 2016
  • 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
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination)


Program Support

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

  • Housing next to hospital in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill ($3,000 value)
  • Living stipend of $4,000 for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions

Important Dates

Application Available: Monday, November 23, 2016
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016
Decisions Made (tentative): Friday, February 26, 2016
Program Starts: Monday, June 13, 2016
Program Ends: Thursday, August 4, 2016


Interested in learning more about MGH research? Please follow this link:

For answers to frequently asked questions, please see SRTP FAQs



SRTP seeks students who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine or biomedical research and meet the following criteria:

  • Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
  • Undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1st year 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

*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 Institute 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 the NSF

How to Apply

Application LInk2016 SRTP Application

The deadline for completed applications (2016 SRTP Application and supplemental materials) Monday, February 1, 2016. Please complete the online 2016 SRTP Application and submit supporting documents following the instructions in Parts I and II below.


The 2016 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

Personal Statement:
In 750 words or less describe your educational and professional goals and how your participation in SRTP will assist in meeting your goals. Be sure to articulate your qualifications and reasons for wishing to participate in this program. Personal statements exceeding 750 words will disqualify your application.

Resume (which must include the following sections):

  • Education
  • Honors and Awards (honor/award; institution/organization; date received)
  • Previous Work Research Experience (location; role; dates)
  • Extracurricular Activities (name of activity, dates)
  • Note: if these sections are not included in your resume, your application will not be considered complete and thus not reviewed for the program.

Please upload a professional photo saved as a jpg. This file cannot be larger than 1MB. To ensure quality, please ensure a minimum of 300x300 DPI.


Supporting documents and how to properly submit them:

All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, February 1, 2016. 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

Application LInk2016 SRTP Application

Important Dates to Remember

Application Available: Monday, November 23, 2016
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016
Decisions Made (tentative): Friday, February 26, 2016
Program Starts: Monday, June 13, 2016
Program Ends: Thursday, August 4, 2016


All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the February 1st deadline.

For answers to frequently asked questions, please see FAQs

Contact Us

Before contacting us, please view our detailed SRTP FAQs link. In the unusual event that we have not included an answer to your question, please contact us at

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Massachusetts General Hospital
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Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-3832
Fax: 617-724-6591
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