Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) Deadline is Approaching



The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017

Click here to apply: 2017 SRTP Application


2017 Summer Research Trainee Program 

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 nine week program, running from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, August 3, 2017. 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 5, 2017
  • 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 during the eight week period of the program:

  • Housing near hospital ($3,500 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


SRTP is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • 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 will be required

Application Process

The deadline for completed applications (2017 SRTP Application, as well as supporting materials) is

5:00 pm on Monday, January 23, 2017.

No exceptions will be allowed. Please complete the 2017 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below.

A complete application must include:

Part I: 2017 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Essay Question
  • Resume
  • Photo

Part II:

Supporting Documents

A) 2017 SRTP Recommendation or Medical School Letter of Good Standing. You must use this link to submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Good Standing ONLY IF you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts

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

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

Important Dates to Remember:

Application Available: Monday, November 28, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017
Decisions Made (tentative): Thursday, March 2, 2017
Program Starts: Monday, June 5, 2017
Program Ends: Thursday, August 3, 2017

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 Monday, January 23, 2017. 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.

Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and 2017 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: AAMC, NIH and National Science Foundation

Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit Street, BUL 123 | Boston, MA 02114

Contact: Farrah Belizaire, Program Manager

E-mail: |  Tel: 617.724.3830  |  Fax: 617.724.6591

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