Housing, Travel, and Program Funding

The program will provide housing, travel to and from the program, and a stipend*. Participants are housed and work near Harvard Medical School (HMS). HMS is located in Boston, Massachusetts, easily accessible by public transportation to the downtown areas and nearby Cambridge, home of Harvard's main campus. 

*in most cases


Students in the program live near Harvard Medical School. Housing is a short walk away from many of the Harvard teaching hospitals and their research laboratories. Students are required to supply their own linens and personal items including dishware as there are shared kitchens available on site. (Nearby resources include Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond, grocery stores, and other stores are a quick walk or subway ride away from housing). 

Participants take part in the local area tour offered by the Peer Mentor Coordinators to familiarize themselves with the amenities and resources including the transportation system and Longwood and Cambridge campuses.


Individuals will be contacted directly to arrange travel to and from Boston for participation in SHURP. We try to accommodate as best we can in arranging travel from the most convenient airport, train/bus depot, etc. to Boston’s Logan Airport or South Station. Typically, flights and other travel will be covered fully (up to $600 USD). For those participants who plan to drive, mileage is reimbursed at the rate of approximately $0.57/mile. In addition, participants who plan to have a car for the summer are responsible for covering parking costs for the summer.


While the majority of participants receive a supplement from SHURP, circumstances can vary. Arrangements will be made with the appropriate parties for those students who have funding from other sources such as their home institution. The typical stipend amount is $500/week for 10 weeks.

This program is supported in part by funding from the NIH and has previously received support from the DoD ASSURE Program. 

Health Insurance

Massachusetts State Law requires all residents (permanent and temporary) to have health insurance. Applicants are required to have health insurance to participate in the program. Accepted participants who do not have health insurance should speak with the program for assistance in arranging coverage.