Frequently Asked Questions

Who can APPLY?

Please see eligibility and qualification requirements on our Application page.

How do I apply?

The application for MSRP 2015 is now open. Only online applications will be accepted.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted until January 30, 2015. It is to your advantage to submit your application early to ensure all requirements arrive in time.

I am an international student; can I apply to MSRP?

International students, studying at a US institution are eligible to apply. However, the program does target domestic, underrepresented minorities. International students studying abroad are NOT eligible to apply.

I am a US Citizen attending an undergraduate institution outside of the US; can I apply to  MSRP?

No. We only accept applications from students studying in the US, including its territories.

Is this program available for graduate students?

No. MSRP is only available to non-MIT undergraduate students.

I am not a member of a minority group. May I still apply?

Yes. However, the program targets students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education.

How long does MSRP run?

MSRP is a nine week program. In 2015 it will run from June 8th – August 7th. Students are expected to participate for the entire duration of the program.

What if my final exams Conflict with the program dates?

Students are required to participate for the entire duration of the program. If your final exams conflict with the program start date, you should arrange to take your exams earlier.

How do I know if my transcript has arrived?

Transcripts are uploaded into each application as they arrive. You can verify whether your transcript has been uploaded by clicking the “review and print” button on your application dashboard. If your transcript has been received, it will be included in your preview screen.

Can I send in an unofficial transcript?

Yes, unofficial transcripts will be accepted. Please email them to If admitted, you will be expected to provide an official copy of your transcript.

How will I know when my application is complete?

You will receive an email notification when all parts of your application have been submitted.

I am more interested in biology and neuroscience-related research. Is there a place for me within the MSRP?

Yes. The MIT Summer Research Program in Biology and Neuroscience is offered through the Departments of Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

When will I find out if I am accepted into the program?

Students are notified of their acceptance into the program by mid-March.

How long do I have to accept an offer?

Once you are notified of admission into the MSRP, you have one week to accept.

How are research advisors chosen?

On their applications, applicants identify three specific labs of interest. If admitted into the program, the admissions committee does its best to place interns in one of their top three choices, or in the closest area of research.

I have more than one area of interest, should I include them all?

Yes. Please provide as much information as you can to aid the institution in the selection process. It is also best to be as specific as possible in order to appropriately match you with a faculty mentor.

Can I take classes at MIT while participating in MSRP?

No. MSRP interns cannot take classes while participating in the program. They are expected to spend the majority of their time in lab as well as completing their MSRP deliverables.

If accepted into the MSRP, does that guarantee admission into MIT for graduate school?

No. All MSRP interns have an opportunity to interact with a number of MIT faculty, administrators, and graduate students. However, acceptance into MSRP does NOT guarantee admission into MIT for graduate school.