The online application for MSRP 2015 is now available and will be accepted until Friday, January 30, 2015.

Applicant qualifications

  • African American, Latin American, and Native American students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Must attend a US institution (located in the US or its territories)
  • Must have completed the sophomore year by June and have a genuine interest in obtaining a PhD in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields
  • Expect to receive undergraduate degree after May 2015
  • Have a grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher

Application requirements

  • Completed online application, which includes the following:
    • Top three research preferences for department, faculty member, and lab
    • Essay 1: Describe one prior research experience. If no prior experience, please indicate.
    • Essay 2: Discuss your long term research goals and describe your reasons for wanting to pursue a doctoral degree.
    • Essay 3: Often, we begin to understand our own opinions only after they have been contested by other people. Describe a disagreement you have had. What, on the surface, did it appear to be about? What do you feel it was really about? How did you handle the situation and what was the outcome of the disagreement?
    • Essay 4: In MSRP, we are committed to building an academically superb and widely diverse educational community. Describe an experience you have had where cultural diversity (or lack thereof) has made a difference for you. Be sure to mention a specific example or anecdote.
    • Essay 5: If you have performed less than satisfactorily in any of your classes please explain the circumstances.
    • Essay 6: If you have participated in MSRP before, why is spending another summer in MSRP critical to achieving your academic and career goals?
  • Three recommendations: two from current faculty within or related to your fields of interest
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcript emailed to

For students interested specifically in biology or neuroscience research, the MIT Summer Research Program in the Biological Sciences and Related Fields is offered through MIT’s Department of Biology.