Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program

An earth globe with hands on itThe Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program at the National Institutes of Health was established to: (1) increase the representation of socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral careers; and (2) support the research training of students who will most likely contribute to the elimination of health disparities that exist among disadvantaged populations in the U.S. MHIRT is an all-expenses paid program that provides students the opportunity to engage in important and interesting research overseas on issues related to health disparities. It provides opportunities for graduate students to meet the internship requirement for their degree programs or collect pilot data for doctoral research proposal. Besides providing students with stipends, MHIRT covers all costs associated with each student's research including roundtrip airfare, free accommodation, immunization and visa fees, local transportation and access to research and library facilities at each foreign site.