Recruiting for Fall 2019 are closed

Applications for the winter 2020 edition will open soon


Want to learn more about IMPACT? Visit the About page or download the program flyer PDF


  • Appointment as a Ph.D. student or post-doctoral fellow / trainee at an area institution
  • Commitment to participate in the full program, including in person meetings at MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Ongoing research project and multiple year research experience
  • US citizen or permanent resident (for NIH slots), and/or MIT affiliation (for MIT slots)

Application process

The application page can be found at

As part of the application, you will be required to submit:

  • Demographic information
  • Eligibility checklist
  • A short description (250 words max) of your career interests
  • A short description (250 words max) of what your goals are in participating in the program
  • A description (500 words max) of the research that you would focus on as part of the program
  • Statement that, if you are admitted and accept a position in the program, you agree to participate fully, including attending the mentoring sessions at MIT.
  • Statement that if you are admitted and accept a position in the program, your supervisor will be notified of your participation and will need to acknowledge as such.


Applications will be reviewed by IMPACT faculty; the top candidates will be interviewed for selection to the program.

The program is committed to actively engaging women and under-represented minorities.