Program Overview

Learn about the MHIRT Program

The Minority Health/Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Fellowship at San Diego State University funds international summer research experiences for qualified undergraduate and graduate students from institutions across the United States. Our fellowship program provides training in biomedical sciences, medical anthropology, and public health across 6 sites: Ghana, Peru, Taiwan, Uganda, and two sites in Mexico. This is a paid fellowship opportunity, providing funds for visa and passport fees, roundtrip travel to and housing at the research site, per diem allowance and a modest stipend.

Eligible participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents 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). Under-reperesented also includes disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g. socioeconomic status, disability, first generation to receive higher education).

The SDSU MHIRT Fellowship program can place up to 9  undergraduate and 3 graduate students at the research sites.  Ghana accepts only undergraduate students; Uganda accepts only graduate students.

Undergraduates [junior or senior class standing for the 2014-2015 academic year] should have completed two years of coursework in a major related to biomedical or behavioral health science, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or who can show other evidence of exceptional scientific interest and talent. Previous undergraduate research experience is highly recommended before entering the MHIRT program.

Graduate students must have previous research experience in the areas of  our MHIRT training programs.