Applications for the 2020 MHIRT fellowship program will close on November 15th, 2019.


This program is open to students who come from a background underrepresented in the biomedical sciences¹ and communities affected by health disparities². Students who fall within both categories are especially encouraged to apply. This program is designed for students in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th year of undergraduate study, although others will be considered upon MHIRT faculty recommendation. Students must be available to take the MHIRT class on UC Berkeley’s campus the Spring semester prior to the summer of their research. All applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (for interested applicants who have a GPA lower than 3.0, you must submit an academic appeal report).

¹The NIH has defined communities that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as: Black Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latinxs, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

² The NIH has defined communities affected by health disparities as: Black Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, socio-economically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations* (see below), and sexual and gender minorities.

*Applicants from rural health disparity backgrounds are also eligible to apply. To demonstrate that you are from a rural background, enter your home address on the Rural Assistance Center’s “Am I Rural ” website: A report with your rural designation will be generated. Submit the report with your application.

Additional pre-requisites for specific projects are listed on the Research Opportunities page.

2020 Application

    (Contains Instructions, Cover Page, and Recommendation Form)

Email your application files as attachments to: 

All questions regarding the application process or the fellowship program can be directed to the MHIRT program manager, Isabelle Charles, at

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