Are you a current doctoral student at MIT? Learn how advances in basic science and engineering can become therapies and tools for improving human health.

Learn how to apply below, or explore the program further.

Who should apply?

The Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) program selects motivated graduate students from diverse disciplinary perspectives including, for example, graduate students in computer science working in computational biology and graduate students in biology working on basic biological mechanisms. The common characteristic of successful GEMS applicants is a commitment to integrate medical knowledge into their specific discipline so as to accelerate the translation of basic science or engineering discovery into clinical use.

What should I know before I apply?

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.

How can I strengthen my application?

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.

How to Apply

Information Session

Please join co-directors Prof. Martha Gray and Prof. Elazer Edelman for a program information session in early fall 2021 (Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm at E25-521)

Application deadline to join the GEMS class of 2021-2022:

Applications are due Monday, November 15, 2021.

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 mlwong [at] (Megan Wong).)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application materials should be sent to:

Megan Wong (mlwong [at]

or send by interoffice mail to:

GEMS Admissions
MIT, E25-518
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Have Questions?

We’re here to help.

  • Visit the GEMS Admissions FAQ.
  • Email the gems [at] (subject: GEMS%20Admissions%20Help) (HST GEMS Admissions Team).

Key Dates

GEMS Info Session

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Deadline for Applications

December 2022 - TBD

January 2022
Admissions Decisions Released