The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) supports the training of students with outstanding credentials to earn a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree and undertake a career in biomedical research and academic medicine. The program is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS).
MSTP participants may choose from a wide range of research training programs in the biological, chemical or physical sciences. Other disciplines include computer sciences, social and behavioral sciences, economics, epidemiology, public health, bioengineering, biostatistics and bioethics.
Selection for admission is highly competitive with only 170 positions each year. For those selected, the program provides a maximum of six years of support, although an individual's course of study for the combined degree may take longer. Institutions can help identify other sources of support for a trainee's additional years of study.
An MSTP grant includes the following:
- Tuition allowance
- Modest sums for travel, equipment and supplies
Trainees incur no payback obligation.