SHURP Housing, Travel and Program Funding

Housing, Travel and Program Funding

The Division will provide housing at the medical school dormitory, travel to and from the program, a stipend* and health insurance if it is needed.  The Medical School is located in Boston, Massachusetts, easily accessible by public transportation to the downtown areas and to nearby Cambridge, home of Harvard's main campus. 
*in most cases



Students in the Program live in single rooms in the Harvard Medical School dormitory (Vanderbilt Hall) or in single rooms in Northeastern Housing.   Vanderbilt is located across the street from the Medical School quadrangle and Northeastern Housing is located just a few blocks away.  Both are within one or two blocks of many of the Harvard teaching hospitals and their research laboratories.  Students are required to supply their own linens and personal items including dishware as there are shared kitchens available on site.  (Nearby resources include Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, grocery stores and other stores are a quick walk or subway ride from both Vanderbilt and Northeastern Housing). 


Participants are encouraged to take part in the local area tour offered by the Peer Mentor coordinators to familiarize themselves with the amenities and resources including the transportation system and Longwood and Cambridge campuses.



Individuals will be contacted directly to arrange travel to and from Boston for participation in SHURP.  We try to accommodate as best we can in arranging travel from the most convenient airport, train/bus depot, etc. to Boston’s Logan airport or South Station.  Typically, flights and other travel will be covered fully (up to $600 USD).  For those participants who plan to drive, mileage is reimbursed at the rate of approximately $0.57/mile.



While the majority of participants receive a supplement from SHURP, circumstances can vary.  Arrangements will be made with the appropriate parties for those students who have funding from other sources such as their home institution. The typical stipend amount is $450/week for 10 weeks.

This program is supported in part by funding from the NIH and NSF and has previously received support from the DoD ASSURE Program. 


Health Insurance

Massachusetts State Law requires all residents (permanent and temporary) to have health insurance.  Applicants are required to have health insurance in order to participate in the program. Accepted participants who do not have health insurance should speak with the program for assistance in arranging coverage.


The Application Period for Summer 2018 is now closed


Please check back in October 2018 for more information about the SHURP 2019 application.


Apply through the Leadership Alliance. For more information about the Leadership Alliance, including the application process click here.

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