The Harvard/MIT combined MD-PhD Program is one of 47 institutions with a competitive Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Grant from the National Institutes of Health. The Harvard/MIT MSTP Grant,  (T32 GM007753), first awarded in 1974, has received continuous support for 40 years.  The grant offers funding for medical and graduate education to US citizens or resident aliens.  The MSTP Grant, together with institutional and endowment funds, currently supports over 100 MD-PhD highly selected students in various phases of training. Our program is committed to the enrollment of a diverse class of talented students, and welcomes applications from qualified students who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented.

The MD-PhD Program accepts 10-13 students annually. Admission is highly competitive, and based on students’ potential to perform at an exceptional level both in medical school and during graduate study. Applicants including those in the social sciences that are accepted receive full tuition, medical insurance, and stipend support throughout their training, contingent on continued academic progress. Students are encouraged to apply for individual fellowships when they are eligible to do so.

Individual students who matriculate at Harvard Medical School without MSTP support and subsequently enroll in a PhD program at Harvard or MIT are also welcomed into the joint program.  These students typically receive funding for their graduate studies through the graduate program only and are encouraged to apply for other funding and/or fellowships to cover tuition and stipend support during the last two years of medical school. These students are also eligible to apply for MSTP funding for their final two years of medical school.

Updated: September 18, 2017