2019 SRTP Application Coming Soon! 

Each summer, twenty 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 seminars at MGH, attend career development workshops and networking events, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.


Program Terms

The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory nine-week program. 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
  • 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 nine week period of the program:

  • Housing near the hospital ($3,000 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

Application Available: December 2018
Application Deadline: January 2019
Decisions Made By:  March 2019
Program Starts: June 2019
Program Ends: August 2019

To apply for the Summer Research Trainee Program, please visit the application page: www.mghsrtp.org.

Interested in learning more about MGH research? Please follow this link: www.massgeneral.org/research/ 


For answers to frequently asked questions, please see SRTP FAQs


Summer Research Trainee Program received the Program Award for Culture of Excellence

Pictured from left, Farrah Belizaire, CDI program manager; Williams; Olson; and Jocelyn Carter, MD, CDI manager of trainee affairs

In 2017, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s (CDI) Summer Research Trainee Program received the Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School (HMS). Elena B. Olson, JD, executive director of the CDI, and Winfred W. Williams Jr., MD, founding director of the CDI and associate chief of the Division of Nephrology, are the program leaders who accepted the award. The award recognizes departments, divisions, offices or programs for efforts to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring while building a culture of excellence in mentoring. The award will provide an opportunity to learn from successful innovative mentoring programs and allow for others in the HMS community to learn from successful models.


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
  • If accepted, proof of health insurance required

*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 Link2018 SRTP Application

The deadline for completed applications (includes both: 2018 SRTP Application and supplemental materials) is Monday, January 29, 2018.  Please complete the online SRTP Application and submit supporting documents to be considered. 

Supporting documents and how to properly submit them.

You must submit:

  1. Two letters of recommendation. Please request that each of your recommenders complete and upload their recommendation letter via this online form: SRTP Letter of Recommendation. (www.mghsrtp.org/recommendations) It is your responsibility to email your recommenders this link and provide them with the email you used for our online application.
  2. All official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s).

    These must be emailed to: SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu

    OR mailed to:

    Center for Diversity and Inclusion
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Attn: 2017 Summer Research Trainee Program
    55 Fruit Street, Bulfinch 123, Boston, MA 02114 3.
  3. 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 onto this online form: SRTP Letter of Good Standing (www.mghsrtp.org/letterofgoodstanding). 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 Monday, January 29, 2018. 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.

    Application Link:  2018 SRTP Application     

Important Dates to Remember

Application Available: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, January 29, 2018
Decisions Made: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Program Starts: Monday, June 4, 2018
Program Ends: Thursday, August 2, 2018


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

For answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the 2018 FAQ on the webpage www.mghsrtp.org/faq

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 srtp@mgh.harvard.edu

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Massachusetts General Hospital
Attention: 2016 Summer Research Trainee Program
55 Fruit St
Bulfinch 123
Boston, MA 02114


Fax: 617-724-6591

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