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Each summer, students are selected from a nationwide competition to join the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP). Each student is assigned to a specific 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 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 seminars at Mass General, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

In 2017, the SRTP received the Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS). The award recognizes efforts to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of excellence in mentoring, and provides an opportunity for others in the HMS community to learn from successful mentoring programs.

Program Terms

The SRTP is a mandatory eight-week program. Students are paired with a Mass General faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project.

Students are expected to:

  • Attend a full day orientation
  • 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
  • Participate in career development workshops, including “armchair rounds” with hospital leaders
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. proof of health insurance, vaccinations)

Program Support

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

  • Housing near Harvard Medical School ($4,000 value)
  • Living stipend of $5,000 for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions

Important Dates to Remember

  • Application Available: Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021 by 5 pm ET
  • Decisions Made: February 2021
  • Program Starts: Monday, June 14, 2021 (Tentative)
  • Program Ends: Friday, August 6, 2021 (Tentative)


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 (UIM)*
  • Undergraduate junior or senior, rising first year medical student or first year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student
  • Attended/attending a college or medical school in the U.S., including Puerto Rico
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • If accepted, proof of health insurance required

* Underrepresented in medicine (UIM) 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

Apply online at mghsrtp.org

Applications for the 2021 program will be available in December 2020. To be considered, you must complete the online application and submit all supporting documents online. 

You must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation. Please request that each of your recommenders complete and upload their recommendation letter through the SRTP letter of recommendation form. It is your responsibility to email your recommenders this link and provide them with the email you used for our online application
  • All official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s), emailed to SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu
  • Medical School Letter of Good Standing: ONLY needed if you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts. Please request that your medical school administrator complete and upload the letter of good standing here. It is your responsibility to email your medical school administrator this link and include the email you used for our online application 
All required supporting documents must be received by the deadline. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.

SRTP Alumni Profiles

Class of 2019Class of 2018