MD-PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities (MeSH) - National Track

The National Track provides tuition and stipend support to MD-PhD students who will receive an MD from any medical school in the United States and a PhD from a graduate program at the University of Chicago.

Students interested in applying to the National Track are encouraged to pursue a doctoral degree in the quantitative social sciences and/or demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the study of aging. Candidates should apply to one or more of the PhD programs listed here:

Prospective students should apply to the National Track before their first, second, or third year of medical school. Students must apply separately and gain admissions to both the National Track, administered through the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS), and any PhD programs of interest. Accepted students will work with their medical school, PhD program, and National Track faculty to develop a personalized training timeline that supports their success in both their doctoral and medical training.

National Track students will receive ongoing support and advisement as they progress through both medical school and their respective PhD programs.

Funding and Eligibility

National Track students receive tuition and stipend support for their graduate training at UChicago through their PhD program. Depending on the student’s PhD program and research areas, National Track students may also be eligible for funding through a CHeSS training grant as a part of their PhD training. The National Track does not provide any tuition assistance or financial support for medical school.

Prospective students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S to be eligible for the National Track.

Application Instructions and Timeline

Students should apply to the PhD program(s) of interest by the deadline listed on each program’s PhD program website. Students who are interested in the National Track should notify Kelsey Bogue at at the time of or prior to submission of the PhD application.