Note: We are only accepting applications for the Nicaragua placement site in 2021. See past project descriptions.

Due to uncertainty around the impact of COVID-19 on international programs in 2021, interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Program Coordinator, Daryl Stephens, at for information about the 2021 programs.


The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program at Rhodes provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

  • This program currently offers research experiences in Nicaragua, and previously sent trainees to Brazil and Uganda. Students spend 10 weeks during the summer at their designated international research site. Rhodes has partnered with leading scientists and universities in these countries who serve as research mentors for MHIRT students.
  • MHIRT students engage in research related to: biomedical science, behavioral science, environmental science, and/or public health.
  • MHIRT is a paid internship. All expenses relative to travel, room and board, preparation, and workshops are paid. In addition, students receive a monthly stipend.
  • This program has been continuously funded since 2000 by the Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.
  • The Mid-South Coalition For Minority International Research consists of the lead institution, Rhodes College, and the following participating universities: LeMoyne Owen College, Christian Brothers University, Tennessee State University, and University of Memphis.
  • Preference is given to students from participating schools within the Coalition and from the Mid-South Region; however, any US citizen or permanent resident may apply.

Follow the journey of our MHIRT Students on the MHIRT-Rhodes blog


If you have any questions about the program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or send inquiries to