The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) 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 predoctoral (predoctoral graduate students and undergraduate students) and postdoctoral trainees to do research work in global settings.

Priority will be given to (1) pre-doctoral graduate students and (2) undergraduates with at least a junior standing by the beginning of summer quarter 2019. Please review all eligibility requirements for admission prior to completing your application.

Read this application materials for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program carefully.

The application consists of:
1.     General Information Sheet (this page)
2.     Student Responsibility Sheet
3.     Application Forms
4.     3 Recommendations
5.     Personal Statements
6.    Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Your completed application form, recommendation forms and a copy of your transcript are due in the Harvard Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program Office by March 25, 2019. NO APPLICATION PACKETS WILL BE PROCESSED IF ANY OF THESE ITEMS ARE MISSING.

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

SECOND, complete the personal statements, and upload all of your responses.

Personal Statements: In no more than six typed, double-spaced pages, please answer the following questions, and include a heading for each:

  • Briefly tell us: Why you decided to apply to this program. The projected benefits of this experience to your course of study and long-term academic plans.
  • What values are important in your life? How do you see your future professional life fitting with or promoting those values?
  • Describe any past research experiences or other relevant skills not mentioned above. With whom did you work?
  • Have you ever traveled, studied or lived abroad? If yes, what was the nature of your trip?
  • What are your: Honors and Awards, Special Interests, Community/Organizational Involvement Work or Volunteer Experiences

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. Recommendation Forms can be downloaded here.

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. We will send a confirmation email to the recommender when it is received.

Recommendations must come from:

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 transcripts be sent to us.

The transcripts you attach should be the same as those listed under ‘Colleges and Universities Attended’ on the application form.

Applicants will be interviewed after the application deadline. Final selection is based on your application and the interview. You will be notified of your fellowship award in April.
Thank you for your cooperation.

The Harvard MIRT Program 2019 application is available here.

Good luck with your application!


For further information on application procedures or eligibility requirements, please contact:

Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program
Department of Epidemiology | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue, Kresge 501 | Boston, MA 02115