Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a language test before applying?

For work in Chile and Nicaragua, 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 underrepresented students with the opportunity to further their career goals by participating in international opportunities.

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

No, MHRT is a federally funded program that requires U.S. citizenship or residency for participation in its programs. 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/immunizations
  • health insurance
  • country visa
  • roundtrip airfare and ground transportation
  • housing
  • modest stipend for onsite expenses

What happens if my application is accepted?

You will receive an acceptance packet that will include instructions that include acknowledgment of your acceptance, program schedule, and travel logistics. Please note: Upon acceptance, you should have or obtain a valid passport that is valid for at least six months from the expected date of departure.

Who should complete my Letters of Recommendation?

Two letters of recommendation are required, with at least one from a university faculty member. Ideal faculty letters of recommendation are from a professor who knows you and can discuss your research potential, abilities, and/or experiences.

One letter can come from an employer or work related position who can discuss your skills and abilities.

What are the other considerations for selection?

We will select approximately 10 trainees per year. It is expected that you will be at your global location for 12 weeks between mid-May and Mid-August.  We place students based on interests, skillset and fit with the focus of sites each year, and do not necessarily place students at each site each year.  

Each site will review the application materials and may request an interview of those who selected their program. They will look for commitment to research, what skills and goals match the needs of the program, and overall potential for work in research.

Can I apply for the MHRT program if I will be graduating before the training begins?

You must be affiliated with an accredited U.S. institution to be eligible to participate in the MHRT program.  Please contact us if you are graduating but have matriculated in to an advanced degree program for the future.

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