GEMS Application Process

GEMS applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a science or engineering department at MIT. HST students are not eligible. It is expected that most applicants will be in the first three years of their graduate studies, but more senior students with appropriate research interests will also be considered.
The selection process consists of a review of the application materials and an interview. Selection is based on:
  • academic performance;
  • quality of prior research and the candidate's ability to articulate salient aspects of this research;
  • motivation to work at the interface of basic science/engineering and clinical medicine;
  • personal and professional characteristics deemed well suited to patient interactions;
  • likelihood that the GEMS experience will positively influence the candidate's graduate experience.
Information Session
Please join co-directors Prof. Martha Gray and Prof. Elazer Edelman for a program information session in early fall 2019 (Monday, October 7, 2019)
Application deadline to join the GEMS class of 2020:
Applications are due Friday, November 8, 2019.
Components of the application include:
  • One-page application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Copy of your original MIT PhD Application (Contact your department graduate administrator for your MIT application. Request to have your application sent to Megan Wong at mlwong@mit.edu.)
  • Two letters of recommendation
Application materials should be sent to:
Megan Wong <mlwong@mit.edu>
or send by interoffice mail to
GEMS Admissions
MIT, E25-518
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139