Postbaccalaureate Training

Postbaccalaureate 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

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.

NIH Academy

Purpose: The program supports students with an interest in conducting biomedical research and eliminating health disparities.

Eligibility: Applicants must

  • have plans to pursue a doctoral degree,
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and
  • be a recent college graduate (meaning that the Academy start date, at the end of August, is less than a year after your graduation from college with your first bachelor's degree)

All Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardees (IRTAs) at the NIH are eligible to participate in the NIH Academy as are individuals who have accepted one of these positions. If you are not currently a Postbaccalureate IRTA but want to be a part of the NIH Academy you must first apply to the NIH Postbac IRTA program and be accepted into a research group.

Length of Award: Length of award varies