Graduate Training

Graduate training opportunities are listed below. Applications may be due months in advance.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) (short duration summer IRTAs)

NIDDK Contact: Nicole Ray

Purpose: To provide a developmental training experience to promising high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who have expressed a strong interest in or are studying disciplines related to biomedical sciences

Eligibility: Applicant students who are at least 16 years of age and are enrolled at least half-time in high school or have been accepted for or are enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in an accredited U.S. college or university, in good academic standing, are eligible. Each NIH Institute or Center (IC) is responsible for establishing its own policy on the granting of fellowships to students who are relatives of IC employees. However, in no case may trainees receive a training assignment in a lab or branch where a relative has authority for resource allocation decisions. For minors under 18 years of age, if required by state or local government law, work permits must be obtained. A written agreement of a parent or guardian is also required. In addition, restrictions published by the Department of Labor must be followed regarding assignments that may be hazardous or detrimental to the health and well-being of students.

Length of Award: Short duration during the summer only

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs)

Purpose: The NIH Postbac Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs) program (Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical, dental, or pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs and CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Eligibility:Individuals who have

  1. graduated from a fully accredited U.S. college or university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of fellowship, and intend to apply to graduate school in biomedical research or medical school within the next year, or
  2. students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to 1 year

Length of Award: Post-baccalaureate IRTAs are eligible for initial 1 year awards (appointments) with one renewal for an additional year under the most justifiable circumstances.