High School & Undergraduate Training

High school and undergraduate 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: The program provides 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: Applicants must be

  • at least 16 years of age
  • 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

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.

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

NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program

NIDDK Contact: Winnie Martinez

Purpose: Program highlights include

  • independent research in an NIH laboratory
  • weekly research and career development seminars
  • summer seminar series where senior NIH investigators discuss the latest developments in biomedical research
  • poster presentation
  • courses in Ethics in Research and Lab Safety
  • students will be paired with postbaccalaureates or postdoctoral fellows for informal guidance
  • bi-weekly informal meetings with Diversity Programs staff

Eligibility: This program is specific to undergraduate students underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, including African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Applicants must have

  • completed at least 1 year at an accredited institution
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA

Length of Award: 10 weeks, starting in June through mid-August

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs)

Purpose: The program 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 work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Eligibility: Applicants must

  • have graduated from a fully accredited U.S. college or university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of fellowship
  • apply to graduate school in biomedical research or medical school within the next year, or be accepted and 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.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Purpose: The program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers paid research training at the NIH during the summer and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.


Applicants must

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States
  • possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale, or within the top 5 percent of your class
  • have "exceptional financial need" as certified by your undergraduate institution or financial aid office

Length of Award: Scholarships are awarded for 1 year and can be renewed up to 4 years. For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations.