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Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

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.   See more about SR-EIP in the video below.

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 their chosen career path

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To participate in SR-EIP 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 other 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.

How to apply

We look forward to your application to The Leadership Alliance 2019 Summer Research-Early Identification Program. Beginning November 1, 2019, APPLY ONLINE. Read the Application Instructions and FAQs.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), is received by the February 1, 2019 deadline.

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.

SREIP Research Sites

With one application, you can  apply for a research experience at three summer research sites. Click here to visit each institution's website for specific information on opportunities and program requirements.

FYRE (First Year Research Experience)

The FYRE program provides research opportunities for students who have just completed their first year at one of our minority-serving partner institutions. Students who are recommended for the FYRE program by faculty mentors are eligible to apply. To learn more about this opportunity, contact William Wittels at

LAMI (Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative)

The LAMI programs is for undergraduates interested in pursuing doctoral study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The program offers:

  • Placement in a faculty-mentored research project
  • Projects in Mellon designated fields of study
  • Skills building and professional development
  • Research presentation at Leadership Alliance National Symposium
  • Networking online & multi-site programming
  • Apply through the SR-EIP application. Application deadline is February 1, 2019.