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The application for the 2023 Summer Research Trainee Program will open on November 1st, 2022, and will close on Sunday, January 22nd at 5 pm, EST.

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The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) is a program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) that pairs students with an Mass General faculty preceptor to provide guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. The Mass General Center for Diversity and Inclusion founded the program in 1992 for students historically underrepresented in medicine (UiM)* who are interested in academic medicine and/or biomedical research. This year the program starts with the orientation on Monday, June 4, 2023, and ends on Friday, July 28, 2023.

Students are selected from a nationwide competition to participate in 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 MGH, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

In 2017, 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.

SRTP Eligibility Requirements

  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine or biomedical research
  • Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine (UiM)*
  • Undergraduate junior or senior; rising first-year medical student; first-year medical student; graduate-school student; or post-baccalaureate student
  • Attended/attending a college, graduate school or medical school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Completed application:
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume or CV
    • Professional Photo
    • Two Letters of Recommendation written specifically for the program
    • All official transcripts from college, graduate, and/or medical schools attend(ed)
      • Official transcripts must be uploaded to the SRTP Application system. We will not be able to collect mail or emailed transcripts
    • Letter of Good Standing
      • Only required for those in medical school if medical school transcripts are not yet available
  • If accepted, proof of health insurance
  • Commitment to working solely at Mass General for the duration of SRTP; students participating in other programs or employment responsibilities within the SRTP program dates are not eligible
  • Availability to attend SRTP in its entirety

What SRTP Students Get

  • Orientation in the first days of the program
  • Weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions
  • Opportunities to network with student cohort, MGH trainees and leaders
  • Mentorship from preceptors, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion staff, UiM trainees/faculty and hospital and departmental leadership
  • Meals provided at many of the didactic sessions
  • Financial support, which in past years has included:
    • 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)

What SRTP Students Do

  • Prepare an abstract of their research project in first weeks of the program
  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the end of the program
  • Complete all program, hospital, and occupational health requirements (e.g., vaccinations)
  • Have an incredible experience!

SRTP Applicant Timeline

Please review the SRTP Timeline.

How to Apply

  1. Review the SRTP Timeline and consider if scheduling conflicts render you ineligible for the program
    • Application Available: November 2022
    • Application Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 5 pm EST
    • Notification of Acceptance: (tentative) Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • Program Starts: (tentative) Monday, June 5, 2023 (Please note that the student should arrive by Saturday, 6/3 or Sunday, June 4, 2023. Housing will be available at that time)
    • Program Ends: (tentative) Friday, July 28, 2023 (Students should move out by Saturday, July 29, 2023)
  2. Complete the online application and upload all supporting documents to your account in the SRTP Application System. The SRTP 2023 Application System will open in November 2022

For more information, please review:

  1. The SRTP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  2. The SRTP Brochure (PDF)

If you find that your questions are not addressed by these resources, please email SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu and we will be glad to assist you.

Please apply here

SRTP Alumni Profiles

Class of 2022 | Class of 2021Class of 2019Class of 2018


* 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