Over 100 applicants compete for the 15 coveted positions in each Gateways class. Applicants should have a strong and readily apparent communicable desire to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree. This is NOT an appropriate summer program for students who wish to eventually pursue a MD or MPH degree. Previous research experience is encouraged, but not required. Applicants should submit all materials as required by the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) Online Application here . Completion of a college level calculus class is strongly encouraged. A minimum GPA of is strongly suggested.
As of July 2010 a total of 65 F27s were in commercial service with almost 30 different airlines.  By July 2013, only 25 Friendships remained in service, operated by 13 different airlines; most of these were F27-500s, with two -400s and a solitary -600 series aircraft in service. Italian cargo airline MiniLiner operated six F27s and Air Panama had four in its fleet.  The United States Army Parachute Team has operated a single C-31A Troopship for conducting its skydiving exhibitions since 1985.   As of July 2017, 11 aircraft remain in service operated by 7 airlines.