About Us

The Harvard/MIT Equitable Access to Research Training (HEART) MD–PhD Summer Program was established by Harvard–MIT MD/PhD students in 2022 in response to a need for increased diversity in the physician–scientist career path. The HEART Program is a fully–funded summer research program for undergraduate students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine. It is a specialty track within the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program and is focused on undergraduate students interested in MD–PhD training.

HEART Program Scholars have unique access to clinical opportunities and can conduct research in the basic or social sciences at the Harvard Medical School campus in Boston, MA. Other program components include mentorship, professional development, and community building. Scholars receive a competitive stipend and housing for the duration of the program.

Applicants must first submit an SR–EIP/SHURP application and indicate interest in MD–PhD training in order to receive a supplementary application for the HEART Program. All application materials, including the supplementary application, are due on February 1st, 2023. We highly recommend applying early in order to have enough time to complete the supplementary application.

Please reach out to mdphdheart@hms.harvard.edu with any questions.