Apply to MHIRT

All application forms and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically. 

  • Application Form including Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV (optional)
  • Scanned copies of U.S. Passport (if available) and current U.S. driver's license or State I.D.
  • THREE Letters of Recommendation (Academic and professional references are acceptable. Please make sure your recommenders use the recommendation form provided. Letters submitted by the applicant or through postal mail may not be accepted.)
  • Mail Official College Transcripts


Minimum Requirements:

  • Participating students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least 3 semesters of course work in a major related to biomedical or behavioral science.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.Previous undergraduate research experience is preferred.Graduate or medical students may be accepted after all eligible undergraduates are placed.
  • All applicants must demonstrate an interest in undertaking serious study abroad as part of their academic and career goals. 
  • Length of Study: Student research takes place during the summer months (late May - early August); however the entire MHIRT experience requires a time commitment of up to one year based on pre and post-trip activities (see Upcoming Events)


Pre-departure preparation activities are designed to help you maximize your international experience. Preparatory training designed especially for this program is required of all trainees, and the international research experience is contingent on satisfactory completion. Applicants are required to attend a series of weekend workshops which include:  

  • A retreat at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas in March 
  • Bioethics, qualitative research, and cultural workshops held in May prior to departure
  • Literature reviews and various reading assignments to familiarize yourself with background of assigned country and research project.
  • For those applying to work in Brazil, language tutoring will be provided and required for students lacking competency in Portuguese. 
  • Student work on-site (in-country) will last approximately 10 weeks and coincide with the summer sessions of U.S. colleges and universities.


A symposium is held in the fall at Rhodes in which students present the findings from their summer research. A reflection paper and journal style article are also required for completion of program. Optional conference presentation opportunities are also available.


  • Earlybird Deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CST.
  • Final Deadline is Friday, December 29, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CST.

The MID-SOUTH COALITION FOR MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH is committed to widely publicizing this opportunity to minority students in colleges and universities located in the Mid-South. When students of equal talent apply, preference will be given to applicants from the Mid-South region and/or students that submit their applications materials by the Earlybird deadline. Applicants will be notified of the results of this review via email no later than March 1st.