How to Apply

Deadline: January 31st

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In order to meet the criteria for participation in the program applicants must:

  • Be an underrepresented minority in the health sciences as per the following NIH definition:
    African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and rural Appalachian. Applicants must identify as one or more of the listed minorities.
  • Be US citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents
  • Be enrolled in or recently graduated from:
    • BA
    • BS
    • MA
    • MPH or
    • Other Master’s level programs or Doctoral programs

A recent graduate is one who obtained a degree within the last 24 months. For example, if you are applying for the program that begins in June 2019, your degree should be awarded no earlier than May 2017.

  • Be able to commit 11-12 full weeks to the program (June through August). Interns must commit to at least 11-12 consecutive weeks to the program, on a full-time basis.
  • Be available and willing to write a research report within one month after returning from international travel
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in current or most recent academic institution

The funding for this program necessitates that all participants meet the above criteria. While the Selection Committee understands that various personal circumstances may have an effect on a person’s eligibility, absolutely NO exceptions will be made.

Other Relevant Information

This program is for students interested in health sciences. Students in other fields will be considered if they are willing to apply their skills to the health sciences. For example, a math major may apply to participate in epidemiological or biostatistical research.

Finalists will be contacted by a member of the Selection Committee for phone/Skype interviews.

Application Instructions

The application requires that you copy and paste your:

  • Personal Statement
  • Statement of Past Research
  • Statement of Past Travel

You are also required to upload your:

  • Transcripts from all attended academic institutions
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

We recommend that you prepare these materials before you start the application.

All applications must be completed electronically via the online application tool. You are required to copy and paste your Personal Statement, Statement of Past Research, and Statement of Past Travel into the application. You are also required to upload your transcripts from all academic institutions you attended and your most recent resume or curriculum vitae. Do not submit the application unless you have included all of these materials. We recommend that you prepare the supporting documents prior to starting the application. You must submit all supporting documentation along with the electronic application or your application will be considered incomplete.

If you have copies of your letters of recommendation, you can upload and submit them via the online application. However, you may also have those writing your letters submit them via email.

The deadline for the receipt of all application materials, including letters of recommendation, is midnight, eastern standard time on January 31st. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Late applications will not be accepted.

Saving your Application

You may save your application and continue it at a later time. At the bottom of the application is a button that says “Save and Return Later.” When you click on the button you will receive a validation code to return to your application. Copy or write down this code. Without your validation code, you will not be able to return and continue your application; you will have to start a new application. Once you have the code, click “Close” and follow the other instructions on the page. To return to the survey, you will need both the survey link AND the validation code. We recommend that you bookmark the page and follow the instructions to email yourself a link to the survey.

Please note, the Exchange Program will not resend your validation code. It is your responsibility to keep your validation code in a safe place where you can find it later.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional letters of recommendation are required from individuals who know your work.

Please inform your letter writer that the program may contact him/her via email or telephone and that all letters must be received by the January 31st deadline. Letters received after the deadline will not be accepted and your application will be considered incomplete.

Letters of recommendation may be submitted electronically via the online application portal or via email at If there are last minute changes to those providing letters of recommendation, it is not necessary to change this information on your application.


Transcripts from all educational institutions must be submitted via the application portal. Since the program requires transcripts to be submitted electronically, official transcripts are not required at the application stage. Unofficial transcripts should be scanned and/or saved electronically and uploaded onto your application in the appropriate location. Official transcripts of all Undergraduate and Graduate studies will be required of interns selected for the program.

A letter of good standing will be accepted for those programs which do not issue transcripts. This generally applies only to medical students.

Important Notice

Do not contact project mentors unless you are instructed to do so. Failure to comply will result in the termination of your application.

The application deadline is January 31st. Email notification of finalists will be sent on or before April 1st.

If you have a question that isn’t answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page, please email:

Include your NAME and education level in the email’s subject line. Only questions and letters of recommendation will be accepted via this email address. Absolutely no applications materials other than letters of recommendation will be accepted via email. No telephone calls please.

Application Checklist

  • Completed Application Form

  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

  • Transcript(s) from all school(s)/institution(s) attended

  • Personal Statement (500 words maximum): How will the Mount Sinai International Exchange Program for Minority Students enhance your career? How will you be able to contribute to global health after completing the program? Include a description of your current research interests and professional goals after completion of the program.

  • Statement of Past Research Experience (500 words maximum): Please submit a brief description of past research experience, including the subject of the research project, dates conducted, and your role and duties.

  • Statement of Past Travel Experience (500 words maximum): Please submit a brief description of your past travel experience, including place(s) traveled, the nature of the visit(s), dates, and what you learned.

  • Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who know your work. Please inform your letter writer that the program may contact him/her via email or telephone. Letters must be received by the midnight, eastern standard time, January 31st deadline.

Contact Us

Luz Claudio, PhD
Program Director
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