Amgen Scholars Program


The MIT Amgen Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. The Program is open to all undergraduates who meet the program eligibility requirements listed below, whether or not they have prior research experience.

Students admitted to this program (known as "Amgen Scholars") will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.

Participation has many benefits:

  • Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline, and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduation careers.
  • Participants become fully integrated in MIT's summer research community, interacting with faculty mentors and fellow undergraduates while participating in research seminars and other networking events.
  • Most importantly, Amgen Scholars become involved in exciting research and contribute to the advancement of science in an area of interest.

The Program also offers a competitive compensation package. Amgen Scholars working 40 hours per week for the summer will earn $4,500, paid hourly.  Housing in a designated MIT residence hall and a $800 food allowance are also be provided.

Space in the MIT Amgen Scholars Program is limited; up to 20 undergraduates will be admitted for Summer 2018, June 17-August 11.

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a four-year college or university (including MIT) in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. Territory
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Sophomore status (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), Juniors, and non-graduating seniors who plan to continue undergraduate studies in Fall 2018
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Interest in pursuing graduate school, including a PhD or MD-PhD

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance into the Amgen Scholars Program is based on several factors, including:

  • Quality and Completeness of Application (including essay questions).
  • An up-to-date transcript. Unofficial transcripts (e.g. student copies) can be uploaded to your online application. However, if you are selected as an Amgen Scholar, your college or university will be required to mail an official transcript to MIT. Note that MIT reserves the right to rescind admittance to the Program should information on the official transcript contradict or significantly differ from the previously submitted unofficial transcript.
  • Recommendations: An application for admission to the Amgen Scholars Program requires two evaluations; one should be from a faculty member who has advised you in research or taught you in a class. The second letter may be from an employer, supervisor or person known in a professional capacity who is qualified to address your specialized abilities. A recommendation from an academic advisor, college administrator, or faculty member familiar with your academic program, progress, and ability would also be acceptable for the second recommendation. (Recommenders will submit their letters in PDF format through an online interface; more details on this process can be found in the online application).
  • An up-to-date resume.
  • Availability of Research Positions.  Space in the program is very limited, and MIT cannot guarantee that a research position in your preferred research area will be available.
  • To apply.  Visit our online application