DSRTP Application Process & Deadlines

How to apply

Create an account

If you are eligible to participate in the DSRTP Program, you will need to create an account through the Student Portal.  Returning students can log-in using their Username and Password.

Submit an application

Check the eligibility requirements if you are unsure of your eligibility.  All applications must be submitted through the Student Portal prior to the submission deadline. 

Submit required documents

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed online application
  • A personal statement of no more than 2000 characters or less including spacing, punctuation. Double spaced.
  • 2 letters of recommendations
    • Contact two academic references. (Instructions on how to submit online letters of recommendation are provided in the Student Portal website.)
    • The letters of recommendation from academic references must be uploaded to the Student Portal by the application deadline
    • Past DSRTP participants, in additional to two academic references, a letter from the most recent DSRTP Research Mentor should be provided. Letters from DSRTP Mentors can be emailed to Program Director, Ms. Winnie Martinez.
  • Official Transcript
    • Mailed directly from your school to Ms. Martinez:

      Office of Minority Health Research Coordination
      National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH
      II Democracy Plaza
      6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 9215
      Bethesda, MD 20892
    • Electronic transcripts, emailed to Winnie.Martinez@nih.gov

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on February 1. Supporting documents must be received by 11:59 (EST) on February 1 or post marked by February 1.

Application Selection

Priority will be given to students who reside outside of the Maryland/Washington D.C./Virginia areas. Local students are encouraged to apply for the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP).

NIDDK Staff Contact

Ms. Winnie Martinez