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.
(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.
Financial Support Includes:
(1) Round-trip airfare to foreign institution
(2) Monthly stipend
(3) Foreign living expenses
(4) Health insurance
(1) All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.
(2) All 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.
(3) Research and travel experience is not required, only a strong desire to participate in international health research work.