Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Fellowship

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship is an opportunity for students to participate in a fully funded 11-week summer program designed to provide:

The program will start with two weeks of training at ICAP in New York, followed by an eight-week international placement at an international training site (likely including Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, or Swaziland) and culminating in a final week in New York. Dates for summer 2018 will be approximately Monday, June 4 through Friday, August 17.

This fellowship is distinct from other Next Generation training opportunities in several ways: it is research-focused, fully funded and trainees receive a stipend for their summer’s work.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.

2. Candidates must meet at least one of the NIH-defined criteria for membership in an “underrepresented or minority group”:

Underrepresented racial and/or ethnic minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaskan natives, Hawaiian natives and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Individuals from rural backgrounds include those who come from a family residing in an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as non-metropolitan. The home address of prospective trainees can be entered into the Rural Assistance Center’s ‘Am I Rural’ website to obtain a Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) designation of Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Rural.

Low income individuals are defined as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, published here. Applicants must demonstrate that they have (a) qualified for federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

3. Undergraduate candidates must be current sophomores and juniors (i.e., rising juniors or rising seniors in summer 2018) who have successfully completed coursework in biomedical or behavioral health sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

4. Graduate candidates must have successfully completed at least one year of graduate coursework by the beginning of the training program. The fellowship is an introduction to research and not appropriate for more advanced graduate students.

For additional questions, please see FAQs.

In September 2017 we will post application materials and announce the deadline. Please check back then.