Who Can Apply

Who Can Apply?


The minority applicants must be U.S. citizens, or resident alien with permanent residency status, belonging to minority ethnic groups such as (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native-Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders,) that are underrepresented in biomedical or socio-behavioral health research.

Students must have a valid passport. Only students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or show exceptional scientific interest and talent, may apply. Preference will be given to those candidates with a genuine interest in pursuing a PhD. Applicants majoring in anyone of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology who are juniors or seniors will be very competitive. Previous undergraduate research experience is highly recommended but not required before entering the E-MHIRT program. Students will be required to show documented proof of their eligibility (i.e. proof of citizenship/residency, transcripts). 

Students who apply for the program will be required to submit an essay (200 word limit) succinctly describing their interest in the program and how they expect to benefit as participants from the academic, cultural and global perspective. Each student will be required to submit a copy of his/her resume, transcript and three letters of recommendation from instructors in the major, academic advisor, and other. Each applicant who meets all the above criteria will be interviewed by a panel of the E-MHIRT Advisory Council (EMAC) who will make the admission decision. Each item will be scored by each EMAC member present at the Council meeting according to the following scale:

  • Quality and originality of Essay 30 points
  • Strength of Credentials 25 points
  • Previous Experience 25 points
  • Recommendations 20 points
  • Total Score 100 points

Individuals who are accepted into the program will be informed in writing by the Program Director within 3 weeks following the interview. Applicants will be selected by November 10th of each year. Successful candidates can pre-register for CHEM 319 (Basic Principles of Research) during the Official Pre-Registration-for-Spring period in the fall.

Sponsored by: NCMHD