Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical Scientist Training Program

Eligibility & Dates

The Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) receives over 500 applications annually for 15 available positions. Learn more about our admissions and eligibility below.

Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants should meet the following minimum eligibility criteria.

International Students who have completed at least three years of full-time study (undergraduate, graduate, and/or post-baccalaureate) at an accredited US or Canadian college or university may apply. International students receive the same financial support as all other MSTP students. Current Feinberg MD students should contact the MSTP Admissions Coordinator for application information.

Individuals who have completed an MD or PhD, or current PhD students are not eligible for admission.

Key Dates

Below are important dates you need to know in the Northwestern University MSTP application process. We accept applications only through AMCAS and you are strongly encouraged to complete your application (AMCAS, Supplemental and Letters of Recommendation) as early as possible, as we invite candidates to interview on a rolling basis.  Your prompt to complete a supplemental application may only be sent once you are AMCAS verified (which can take up to six weeks).

You may only apply to the MSTP or the MD program, but not both simultaneously. If you apply to the MSTP and wish to have your application transferred for MD-Only consideration, please notify the MSTP in writing ( before December 1. MSTP applications are not automatically transferred for MD-Only consideration.

The following dates are for the 2018-2019 academic year. Dates are updated for the coming academic year by July 1.

Before October 15, 2018 – Apply to the Program through AMCAS

Go to American Medical College Application Service website. Choose "Northwestern MD-PhD Program (MSTP)." Answer the two MD-PhD-specific questions. Submit your application plus official transcripts to AMCAS. Please note your prompt to complete the MSTP Supplemental Application may only be sent once your AMCAS application has been verified, which may take up to six weeks.

Before November 15, 2018 – Submit MSTP Supplemental Application and Letters of Recommendation

By November 15, your application must be complete (AMCAS, MSTP Supplemental Application and minimum of three letters of recommendation) to be considered for MSTP admission. Request a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be sent as early as possible to the AMCAS letter service. These letters may be included within a Committee Letter, Composite Letter, or submitted individually. Applications will not be considered for interview prior to “complete” status. There is no maximum number of recommendation letters that may be submitted.

During this time period, the MSTP Admissions Committee reviews applications and invites candidates to complete the MSTP Supplemental Application and interview on a rolling basis.

September 2018 through January 2019 – Interview Invitation and Interviews

Applications are reviewed and interview invitations are sent by email on a rolling basis starting in early fall and may continue as late as January.  

Interviews are held once per month, September through January beginning at noon on Day One and concluding at 3 p.m. on Day Two.  Northwestern MSTP will assume the cost of meals and hotel charges, but not travel during your visit.

You may request by email to withdraw from MSTP consideration and switch to an MD only application at any time in the application process before December 1.

October 2018 through May 2019 – Admissions Offers Sent

Admission will be offered on a rolling basis from October 2018 through May 2019.

April 2019 - Second Look

Accepted applicants are invited back to visit the Northwestern MSTP to learn more about our program, meet current students, explore the city of Chicago and meet with potential thesis advisers. Second look programming includes a variety of social and academic events.

April 30, 2019 – National Acceptance Deadline

You must accept your MSTP admission by April 30, 2019. After April 30, you may only hold an offer of admission at one institution.