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Eligibility & application

Are you interested in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Neuroscience, including Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience?

If so, please apply directly to MSRP Biology/BCS.

MSRP General Eligibility Criteria

  • Have a minimum 3.5 overall or major GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a US institution of higher education located in the US or its territories excluding MIT
  • Be a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior; must have 2 academic years of college coursework (not including college credit earned while in high school or its equivalent) and not graduating prior to December 2024
  • Have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in one of MIT’s graduate programsSloan professional programs not included (MBA, EMBA, LGO, etc)
  • Have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in academic research and/or teaching
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen with DACA, or international student with appropriate visa and work authorizations

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must also identify as one or more of the following:

  • First-generation college student who will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university.
  • Member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education at MIT (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
  • An undergraduate scholar currently participating in a fellowship or academic support program vetted by MIT (OGE will verify an applicant’s status while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. institution)
  • Having had experiences overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school. Examples include but are not limited to
    • Managing a disability
    • Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in their graduate field of study
    • Veteran status
    • Single parent
    • Holding DACA status
    • Financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances

The Office of Graduate Education GradDiversity staff strongly encourages students to expand their options by applying to multiple programs. The Pathways to Science database provides a list of over 1000 opportunities for US Citizens and non-US Citizens at every level of education (k-12, undergrad, grad, & faculty).

Program DatesJune 2 – August 3, 2024
Application OpensOctober 24, 2023
Application DeadlineJanuary 16, 2024

Important Notes

  1. MSRP Generaldoes not accept applications for the following MIT departments who host their own summer programs.
  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. 

Please also review our FAQ page for more program information.

MSRP Application Workshop

Join one of our informational workshops to learn more about:

  • Admissions process
  • Selecting a faculty mentor
  • An overview of summer programming

Tuesday, November 7th at 3 PM ETRegister here!
Thursday, December 7th at 12 PM ETRegister here!