MD RA appointments are processed at MIT.

  • Students with a Standard RA devote significant effort to their research project while maintaining a full academic course load. Standard RAs are normally conducted during the spring of the first year and fall of the second year in the MD program.
  • Students with an Extended RA commit the majority of their total effort to research and must correspondingly limit academic courses to no more than two regular classes. The extended RA is normally conducted after two years in the MD program, by students who take an additional year for full-time research. Extended RA appointments are for one or two full semesters. 

In order to receive MD RA funding, students must complete all of the following:

  1. Submit an MD RA application form and note the applicable deadlines. MD RA applications received by the deadline will receive full funding. Applications received up to one month past the deadline will receive 75% of the full funding amount. No funding will be processed for forms received more than one month after the initial deadline.
  1. Register at MIT for 10 units of HST.199: Research in HST for each semester in which RA funding is requested, in order to be eligible to receive payments via MIT.
  1. Register at HMS for HT199
  1. Update your research topic via your student profile on the HST website. MIT Touchstone access required.

Additional Notes:

  • HST MD students are charged the MIT Graduate Student Life Fee each term they hold an MD RA or any other MIT appointment that includes a tuition benefit. This fee is paid via MITPAY on WebSIS. 
  • The tuition portion of the MD RA award is initially charged and credited through your MIT account. In the middle of the semester, HST reports graduate support processed through MIT to the HMS Financial Aid Office. Please contact financial_aid [at] (them) with any questions about how this may affect other elements of your financial aid package. Toward the end of the semester, tuition funds are transferred to Harvard and appear as a credit on your Harvard account.