Frequently Asked Questions

The basics

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.

How long does MSRP run?

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.

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. The Biology MSRP is a separate program from the General MSRP, so you must apply through their application, found here.


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 in graduate education.

APPLICATIOn Requirements

What is on the application?

  • The online application includes the following:

    • Top three research preferences for department, faculty member, and lab

    • 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

    • Essay questions

    • Resume or CV

    • Unofficial Transcript


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.

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.

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.