Amgen Scholars - Apply Online

Please be sure to read and understand the important information provided on this page, before you apply.

The Deadline for the summer 2018 program is February 1, 2018.  To apply visit our application.

Program Eligibility

Applicants to this program must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year college and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. Territory.
  • Be a U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent resident
  • Hold sophomore status (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), junior status, or be a non-graduating senior planning to continue undergraduate studies in fall 2018.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Be interested in pursuing graduate school, including a PhD or MD-PhD

Program Requirements

Students admitted to this program should:

  • Agree to participate from during the program dates, on a full-time basis.  Applications from students planning not to be present for the whole of the nine-week program will not be considered.
  • Be prepared to participate in all planned educational activities, particularly the mid-summer research symposium in Los Angeles, CA, and the poster session scheduled for the end of the program.
  • To be eligible for the housing allowance all Amgen Scholars must live on-campus in assigned housing at a designated residence reserved specifically for Amgen Scholars.

Application and 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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

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*The ROTC programs at MIT are operated under Department of Defense (DOD) policies and regulations, and do not comply fully with MIT's policy of nondiscrimination with regard to sexual orientation. MIT continues to advocate for a change in DOD policies and regulations concerning sexual orientation, and will replace scholarships of students who lose ROTC financial aid because of these DOD policies and regulations.

Access the Online Application

The Deadline to apply was February 1, 2018. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants outside of the MIT community will need to install the MIT Certificate Authority before using the online Amgen Scholars web application (otherwise, your web browser may indicate a security warning). The MIT Certificate Authority can be installed via the following link:; please see our detailed installation instructions.