2024 Program Dates:

May 28, 2024 -July 26, 2024

MSTP ACCESS Program Info: Our program aims to increase and support the diversity of the physician-scientist workforce by providing – (1) exposure to physician-scientist career paths, (2) insight into the MSTP (M.D./Ph.D.) application process, and (3) access to ongoing mentorship to students who identify as historically underrepresented in medicine, come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or have limited research opportunities at their home institution (significant research experience is not required).

ACCESS Scholar Enrichment Activities include:

  • Scientific & Career Development programming
  • Physician shadowing
  • Mentored laboratory research experience
  • Program social events & networking opportunities

The stipend is $4,300. We also provide Washington University housing, up to $500 reimbursement for your travel to St. Louis, and up to $500 travel award for family member(s) to attend the Scientific Symposium at the end of the program.

We recommend that you complete all of the components of your application as early as possible to ensure all materials are received before the deadline of January 12, 2024.  Please feel free to contact us at MSTP-ACCESS@email.wustl.edu  if you have any questions after reviewing the application instructions.


  • All are welcome to apply, however, preference will be given to:
    • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents or DACA
    • First-year or sophomore undergraduates enrolled full-time in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the U.S. at time of application and participation in the program.
  • There is no minimum GPA; however, most summer experience participants will have GPAs above 3.0. Exceptional circumstances will be considered.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a physician-scientist career (Dual M.D./Ph.D. training)
  • Dedicated effort: This summer experience requires participants to commit full-time weekly effort to the program (typically 40 hours per week) for the duration. Participants are not allowed vacation time, outside WUSM-defined holidays, for the duration of the program.
  • This program provides opportunities for students traditionally underrepresented in physician-scientist careers. Individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, individuals from low-income households, first-generation college students, and those with limited research opportunities at home institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree and students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply.

All application materials must be received by January 12, 2024, to review your application.