Postbaccalaureate Training

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

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

Background Check: In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85 (PDF, 204 KB)). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

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.

Background Check: In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85 (PDF, 204 KB)). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

Length of Award: Length of award varies