Map of MSTP Institutions(HTML version)
Synthesis of Responses to NIGMS Request for Information on Strategies to Enhance Physician-Scientist Training Through the Medical Scientist Training Program
The Careers and Professional Activities of Graduates of the NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program
NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program Symposium
The NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) provides Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Predoctoral Training Grant (T32) awards to medical institutions for the training of qualified M.D.-Ph.D. dual-degree students who are motivated to undertake biomedical research and research-related careers in academia, industry, and government. MSTP students participate in an integrated program of graduate training in the biomedical sciences and clinical training offered through medical schools. Graduates receive the combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree. A modest number receive combined V.M.D.-Ph.D. degrees. Other types of dual degree training not otherwise supported by NIH are possible. The majority of graduates pursue careers in basic biomedical or clinical research.
The MSTP currently has 50 participating programs and supports approximately 1000 trainees. A number of the MSTP supported programs include partnerships with nearby schools of arts and science or engineering, and non-degree granting research institutes.
MSTP participants may choose from a wide range of research training programs in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences. Other disciplines in which MSTP participants can pursue graduate study include the computer sciences, social and behavioral sciences, economics, epidemiology, public health, bioengineering, biostatistics, and bioethics. Trainees also engage in translational and clinical research in any of the areas of interest to NIH and its constituent institutes and centers.
MSTP grants are made to universities and their medical schools, which are responsible for program operation and trainee selection. Selection for admission is highly competitive. The average time to the combined degrees is 8 years. Trainees appointed to an MSTP grant receive a stipend and tuition allowance as detailed in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant Funding Announcement. Many institutions supplement the basic stipend provided by the MSTP grant.
MSTP trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Trainees incur no payback obligation. Individuals who wish to enter the MSTP should contact the program office at the
participating institution(s) of their choice directly for curriculum information and admission requirements. Interested institutions should contact the NIGMS program director for information concerning the program.
Note that NIGMS recently released a new
funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Through this FOA, we intend to encourage changes in integrated medical and graduate research training to keep pace with the rapid evolution of a research environment that is increasingly complex, interdisciplinary, quantitative, and collaborative. Starting with the
May 2019 submission deadline, all MSTP T32 training grant applications from institutions that were previously or are currently supported with a MSTP T32 training grant must be submitted under the new MSTP T32 FOA (PAR-19-036). Further, all applications (new as well as those from established programs) in response to the new MSTP T32 FOA (PAR-19-036) must be submitted as new (-01) applications.
For further information about the NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program, contact:
Stefan Maas, Ph.D. Program Director National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
Dr. Joseph Gindhart Program Director National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institutes of Health 45 Center Drive MSC 6200 Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
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