> WHO CAN APPLY?
Please see eligibility and qualification requirements on our Eligibility page.
> 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 and underserved in graduate education.
> HOW LONG DOES MSRP RUN AND WHAT ARE THE DATES?
MSRP is a nine-week program. In 2015 it ran from June 7th – August 8th. 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. Students at California institutions on the quarter system who are admitted may make arrangements to have their final exams proctored at MIT.
> DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN MSRP?
No. MSRP participants receive a weekly stipend, round trip travel, and university housing during the nine-week program. Food costs are not covered, although there are several program meals each week.
> WHICH DEPARTMENTS PARTICIPATE IN MSRP?
Participating departments and labs are determined by the admitted applicants’ areas of interest. Applicants list their top faculty and departments on the application, and we do our best to place admitted applicants in their top choice or a closely related lab.
> 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 and attending MSRP events and activities.
> IF ACCEPTED INTO 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.
APPLYING TO MSRP
> HOW DO I APPLY?
MSRP applications closed on January 30, 2015. The application for MSRP opens in the fall and closes at the end of January. Only online applications are accepted.
> WHAT IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Applications closed on January 30, 2015. It is to your advantage to submit your application early to ensure all requirements arrive in time.
> ONCE I APPLY, 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 MSRP, you have one week to accept.
> WHAT IS ON THE APPLICATION?
The online application includes:
- Three letters of recommendation, including a letter from your research advisor/mentor and a letter from current faculty within or related to your department/fields of interest
- Top three research preferences for department, faculty member, and research area
- Essay questions
- Resume or CV
- Unofficial Transcript