The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs. The SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country. SR-EIP Participants:

  • Spend 8–10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution. 

  • Receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses from the research institution. 

  • Work under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor. 

  • Gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. 

  • Make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. 

  • Gain access to ongoing resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support your career path as a part of the Leadership Alliance community. 

  • Receive professional development mentoring on applying to graduate programs and learn about research careers from alumni.

National Deadline

Early February. Confirm exact date on the Leadership Alliance website. 

Institutional Nomination

This scholarship does not require institutional nomination. Candidates are encouraged to work with Fellowships Advising on their application. 

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Summer Research Early Identification Program you must: 

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.

  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.

  • Be a documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible for the SR-EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible. 

The Leadership Alliance programs encourage diversity to further its goal of preparing young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and are not exclusionary on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Campus Contact

Barbara Gorka

Director, Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising

Phone: 215-204-0708