Multidisciplinary International Research Training Program

Supports underrepresented students in biomedical and behavioral sciences through an international field placement. 3rd year students, housing, travel and stipend included.

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral science research careers. The program provides support for undergraduate and graduate students to do research work overseas. MIRT is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) Program. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) builds on established linkages with academic institutions throughout the world including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Australia. Students spend 8-12 weeks (beginning mid-June) at the foreign research site.

Program Objectives:

(1) To provide fellows with direct experience in population-based health research in developing countries.
(2) To enhance the research programs of junior faculty members through multidisciplinary collaborative research with colleagues in foreign institutions.
(3) To encourage expansion of cultural perspectives and international knowledge of students and faculty.

Deadline Information

Exact 2020 deadline not posted yet, but should be late March

Eligibility Requirements

3rd year

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The application for summer 2019 has not been posted yet. The MIRT/MHIRT program grant is currently undergoing a competing renewal process through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). We will have updates about the application for next summer in late January/ early February 2019. If you would like to be included on our list of interested students, please email us at

Application Process

The application packet consists of:

1. General Information Sheet
2. Student Responsibility Sheet
3. Application Form
4. Three Recommendation Forms
5. Checklist
6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Your completed application form, recommendation forms, and a copy of your transcript(s) are due in the Harvard Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program Office by January 5, 2018NO APPLICATION PACKETS WILL BE PROCESSED IF ANY OF THESE ITEMS ARE MISSING.

FIRST, fill out the application forms completely, typing all of your responses.

SECOND, complete the essay questions.

THIRD, give the recommendation form to the appropriate individual to complete. Indicate to each reference that your application will not be evaluated without these forms. Select these individuals carefully since they are an important part of the evaluation process. Instruct the evaluators to either:

(1) Return the forms to you in a sealed envelope with their signature across the seal. Ask him/her to fill out the form promptly, place the completed form in a sealed envelope with their signature across the flap and return it to you to include in your application packet. Submit the recommendations with your application.

(2) Have your recommender email from a professional email address with their recommendation attached as a word document or PDF. It is your responsibility to contact your recommender with these instructions and ensure that they provide us with their recommendation letter by the deadline.

Three recommendations must be submitted with your application. Recommendations must come from each of the following categories:

A. Academic Counselor, Academic Advisor or Mentor
B. Science Professor or Research Preceptor
C. Employer or Personal Reference (non-family)

FOURTH, contact the registrar at your school and request that a copy of your official transcripts be sent to you in a sealed envelope or have them sent to the MIRT Program office. Submit the transcripts with your application. Please include transcripts of every college and university you have ever attended (whether or not a degree was awarded). The transcripts should be the same as those listed under ‘Colleges and Universities Attended’ on the application form.