MIT Summer Research Program – General (MSRP)

GradDiversity invites you to our inaugural 2020 MSRPx Virtual Lightning Talk Forum from Monday, July 27th – Friday, July 31st, 2020. 

This summer, MSRPx engaged 32 interns across 4 MIT Schools and 16 departments in programming designed to build intern competencies in the areas of Research Comprehension and Communication, Research Ethics, Research Identity, and Professional and Career Development.

This year’s culminating event, the 2020 MSRPx Virtual Lightning Talk Forum, is designed to bring the MIT community together to celebrate the exciting research conducted by program participants and further cultivate their academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 

Please view the 2020 MSRPx Intern Lightning Talks on the MIT GradDiversity YouTube Page. 

Thank you for your continued support of MSRPx. If you have any further questions, please email the OGE GradDiversity staff at


Program Dates

2021 TBD

Application Opens

2021 TBD

Priority Deadline

2021 TBD

Regular Deadline

2021 TBD


  1. MSRP General does not accept applications for the following MIT departments who host their own summer programs.
    1. Biology: MSRP Biology/BCS
    2. Brain & Cognitive Sciences: MSRP Biology/BCS
    3. Linguistics and Philosophy: Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI)
  2. MSRP General strongly encourages applicants to apply to more than one summer program.  Learn about research experiences for undergraduates at MIT and beyond.  Visit the lists at MIT Graduate Admissions and Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science. 
  3. The differences between the two application cycles are the deadlines and when you will receive an admissions decision. Applying during Priority Admissions is ideal for applicants who have MIT as their first summer option.Applying early allows applicants to:
    • Reduce stress by cutting the time spent awaiting an admissions decision.
      • Priority applicants will receive an admit, waitlist, or ineligible decision by February 14, 2020
    • Gain more time, once accepted, to prepare for the summer experience
    • Reassess options and continued to apply for additional summer opportunities if not admitted


MSRP 2020 Interested Faculty Mentors Page 

Please also review our FAQ page for more program information.


The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. Today, this program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and underserved (e.g. low socio-economic background, first generation) students in the research enterprise.
MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.
Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.

Departments and labs participate in MSRP based on the admitted applicants’ areas of interest. MIT offers over 35 graduate programs in five schools:

We encourage you to explore MIT’s programs, faculty, and research before you apply to MSRP!

  • Supervision by an MIT faculty member and postdoctoral fellow or advanced graduate student
  • Individual counseling on academic careers
  • Constructive feedback on the need for further undergraduate courses and acquisition of additional laboratory skills
  • Opportunity to possibly co-author a scientific paper with the faculty mentor
  • Exposure to state of the art research laboratories in MIT departments and interdisciplinary centers
  • A weekly stipend
  • Round trip travel expenses
  • University housing (students are responsible for their food expenses)
  • Access to campus facilities (library, athletic, and health facilities)
  • Weekly research presentation by MIT faculty
  • Weekly seminars on issues directly related to the academic, personal, and professional growth of interns
  • Community service day
  • Social outings (barbeques, boat cruise, visits to Boston area)
  • Preparation of an abstract, research paper, and graduate school statement of purpose
  • Poster presentation at the end of the program

Watch a video of the 2018 MSRP participants:


– Eligibility Requirements

– Frequently asked questions

National Conferences: Meet MIT representatives recruiting for MSRP at national conferences!


Please contact the MSRP staff with any questions not answered on the website:

Telephone: (617) 324-8453