Level of education / training eligibility at the time of application

If I am in one of the left categories below, am I eligible to apply?

If I…

Am I eligible?

·         am a currently a Freshman or Sophomore in college ·         No
·         will be a Junior in college starting in the Fall of 2019 ·         No
·         will be a Senior in college starting in the Fall of 2019  ·         Yes
·         am currently in a Master’s Program ·         Yes
·         am currently in a post-baccalaureate program ·         Yes
·         am a college graduate in my gap year(s) before  medical school, or I am in medical school and I have the available time required by the program ·         Yes
·         am in a school outside of the US territories ·         No

“Can a non-US citizen apply?”


Eligibility requires applicants to be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

“Can I apply if I am attending a Foreign School?”

Unfortunately, we only accept applications from applicants attending schools only in the United States and Puerto Rico

“I’m not eligible for SRTP because I am college freshman or sophomore. Can you suggest any other summer programs?”

MGH also offers other summer research internship opportunities for current undergraduates and recent graduates. If you’d like to be notified when more opportunities are available, please provide your email at this form

There are also a number of other Harvard affiliated summer programs with different eligibility requirements can be found online by searching for “Harvard Summer Research Programs”.  Programs are not listed in only one location.

“Is there a GPA Requirement?”


We select the SRTP cohort through a holistic review process.  While there is no minimum GPA, the national pool of applicants is very competitive.

“Do I need to have health insurance during the program?”


Our program will make a decision on the type of program that will be running next year, depending on the development of the COVID 19 pandemic at the time of our selection process.

If normality comes back, and you are accepted to the program, you will be working at MGH and thus will need to submit proof of health insurance coverage.  As an employer, MGH must comply with all new federal and state law health insurance requirements.

Please DO NOT apply if:

  • You are looking for a free summer vacation (We have high expectations of our students! This is an exciting and demanding program, which will require your full-time attention and dedication.) 
  • You can not take your eyes off your cell phone, tablet, or laptop during a seminar or lecture 
  • You won’t be able to attend the mandatory 8 week program period. Exceptions may be made if you have extenuating circumstances, such as conflicts with medical school dates.

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