Apply to MHIRT

Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Program Coordinator, Daryl Stephens, at for information about how to apply to the 2021 program. Please note that requests for applications will only be considered through January 17th, 2021.

The application and documents must be submitted electronically. 

  • Application Form including Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV (optional)
  • Scanned copies of U.S. Passport (if available) and current U.S. driver's license or State I.D.
  • TWO Letters of Recommendation
  • Official College Transcripts


Minimum Requirements:

  • Participating students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 3 semesters of course work in a major related to biomedical or behavioral science.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.Previous undergraduate research experience is preferred.Graduate or medical students may be accepted after all eligible undergraduates are placed.
  • All applicants must demonstrate an interest in undertaking serious study abroad as part of their academic and career goals. 
  • Length of Study: Student research takes place during the summer months (late May - early August); however the entire MHIRT experience requires a time commitment of up to one year based on pre and post-trip activities (see Upcoming Events)


Pre-departure preparation activities are designed to help you maximize your international experience. Preparatory training designed especially for this program is required of all trainees, and the international research experience is contingent on satisfactory completion. Applicants are required to attend a series of workshops which may include:  

  • Online pre-trip training and preparation in Spring 2020
  • Bioethics, qualitative research, and/or cultural workshops/webinars
  • Literature reviews and various reading assignments to familiarize yourself with background of assigned country and research project.
  • Student work (in-country or virtual) will last approximately 8 weeks and coincide with the summer sessions of U.S. colleges and universities.


A symposium is held in the fall at Rhodes in which students present the findings from their summer research. A reflection paper and journal style article are also required for completion of program. Optional conference presentation opportunities are also available.

If you have any questions, contact