Frequently Asked Questions

I am not an ethnic minority, am I still eligible to apply?

NIH eligibility requirements

Students for the MHRT program must be individuals from a group underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. This includes members of racial and ethnic groups that have been identified by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in biomedical research (including Blacks and African Americans, Hispanic Americans or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders); rural; and low socio-economic groups.

Low-income individuals are defined as individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Poverty Research website. For individuals from low income backgrounds, the grantee must be able to demonstrate that such candidates (a) have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance; or (b) have received any of the following student loans: Health Professional Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program; or have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.

Individuals from rural backgrounds are defined as those who come from a family residing in an area designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as non-metropolitan. The home address of prospective trainees can be entered into the Rural Rural Health Information Hub's 'Am I Rural' website to obtain a Core Based Statistical Areas designation of Metropolitan, Micropolitan, or Rural. Prospective trainees from areas with Micropolitan or Rural designations meet MHIRT eligibility requirements.

Am I required to take a language test before applying?

For work in Chile, you are required to show proof of language study on your application form. If selected, you may be asked to take an oral examination so that you can be placed in the best possible international setting for you.

I have never traveled or studied abroad before, should I apply?

Yes. One of the primary objectives of the program is to provide qualified minority students with the opportunity to further their career goals by participating in international opportunities.

I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, can I still apply?

MHRT participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Permanent residents must be able to show proof of residency. U.S. citizens must have or be able to obtain a U.S. passport.

What costs related to this opportunity are covered?

  • pre-travel medicine
  • visa
  • airfare
  • housing
  • a modest stipend for on-site expenses

What is happens if my application is accepted?

You will receive an acceptance packet that will include instructions. First, you will acknowledge your acceptance. Next, you will acquire a passport if you don't already have one, and a visa (if required for your project country). You will also receive the schedule for a mandatory seminar that you will attend during the winter semester. All the questions you may still have regarding what to take with you, travel and living arrangements, and cultural and training issues for the specific site you will visit will be answered in these sessions.

Who should complete my Faculty Recommendation Form?

Your recommendation should be written by a professor who knows you and can write a recommendation based on your research abilities and experiences.

What are the other considerations for selection?

We will select approximately 10 trainees. Each project manager will review the application materials of those who selected their program. They will look for commitment to research, what skills and goals match the needs of the program, availability, and overall potential for work in research. Some projects may require more advanced research skills. In some cases, applicants may have language assessed. Wherever possible, we try to match the applicant’s top project choice with the project manager’s top applicant choice. Selected trainees will be required to participate in some pre-training activities, including meetings with the project manager.