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Admission Information | Overview

The Summer Student Research Program is no longer accepting applications for summer 2022. Please consider applying next year.


  • Applicant must be an entering sophomore, junior, or senior of college OR a medical student. Students must be currently enrolled at a university or medical school.
  • Applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher supported by an unofficial transcript.
  • Students who have already participated in the program are not eligible.
  • Citizens and permanent residents of the United States may be eligible for National Institutes of Health funding.

How to apply

  • Complete an application form
  • Return the completed application form and a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV) to the program coordinator. (Please be sure to save the form to your computer before sending a copy. When your form is completed, attach the file to an email and send it to the address indicated on the form.)
    • Letters of reference may be sent from the referee directly to the program coordinator.
  • Additional application requirements:
    • one strong, professional letter of recommendation supporting the student’s academic abilities
    • a personal statement answering the following two questions (limit 500 words each)
      • Please describe a time when you have overcome a barrier in your life.
      • Share an inspiring moment from the past year.
    • an unofficial transcript stating a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • previous research experience and funding is a plus, but is not required.


  • The program compensates students at an hourly rate determined by their level of education. Students are expected to work for eight weeks, 30-40 hours per week.
  • Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing.

International applicants

  • The Summer Student Research Program does not offer visa sponsorship. International applicants can still apply if they have a visa that would allow them to participate in a paid internship in the U.S. An applicant who is in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa would be eligible to apply.

Selection process

  • Students are selected by the directors based on an assessment of each student's application, research interests, and mentor availability.

The Summer Student Research Program of the Harvard Program in Neonatology welcomes applications from all qualified candidates and encourages underrepresented groups to apply.