The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) program is a national program designed to encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences. The program provides support for undergraduate students, predoctoral trainees, and postdoctoral trainees 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 Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, India, South Africa, and the USA.

Program Objectives:

(1) To encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences
(2) To enhance the research efforts and research training of students who are from health disparities populations to include consideration of global health issues
(3) To stimulate and support international research and research collaborations seeking to address local, regional, national and global health disparities between Harvard faculty and faculty at research institutions in developing countries
(4) To assess hypothesized environmental, economic, social, geo-political, and genetic determinants of health disparity so that innovative strategies for closing health disparities gaps may be developed, implemented and evaluated.

Financial Support Includes:

(1) Round-trip airfare to foreign institution
(2) Monthly stipend
(3) Foreign living expenses
(4) Health insurance

Program Eligibility:

(1) All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.
(2) All undergraduate students must be in at least their junior year at the time of the start of the fellowship and must be enrolled in a full-time degree program at the start of the application. Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees are also eligible.
(3) Research and travel experience is not required, only a strong desire to participate in international health research work.MIRT Logo