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2019 Amgen Scholars Program at NIH

The AMGEN application for summer 2019 is now closed.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Amgen Scholars Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a partnership between the Amgen Foundation, the Foundation for the NIH, and the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education. Amgen Scholars at NIH will spend the summer working at NIH's main campus in Bethesda, Maryland side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. During their internships at NIH, scholars will be matched with research mentors in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) where they will be immersed in a culture of translational science and will explore important elements of the basic, translational, and clinical research enterprise. (To get an idea of the types of research conducted in the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the NIH, visit In addition to performing full-time research, scholars will:

  • Participate in a customized curriculum that will use journal clubs, case studies, writing projects, and group activities to develop communication, career readiness, and critical thinking skills.
  • Explore the relationship between science and society in evening roundtables that examine the role of science, policy, and community engagement in the elimination of health disparities (for a definition of health disparities, visit the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH FAQs).
  • Participate in a leadership development program focused on self-exploration, building resiliency, understanding conflict, finding mentors, and understanding emotional intelligence.
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars US Symposium in California in July to interact with top industry and academic scientists and to network with other Amgen Scholars.
  • Present at the NIH Summer Poster Day at the beginning of August.
  • Establish an individualized development plan to take advantage of the many workshops and seminars offered for all NIH summer interns. These include our summer lecture series, "Going to Graduate School" series, communication skills workshops, and the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair.

The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH will begin with a week-long orientation and leadership training program. Scholars will meet weekly for program activities throughout the summer. (For more information, visit the program FAQs)

During their internships at NIH, scholars will receive a monthly stipend and Transhare benefits for travel within the Metro DC area (Transhare is a transportation subsidy provided to individuals who agree to use any form of public transportation and not their car to get to work). Housing and travel support for all interns participating in the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH will be arranged by the Foundation for the NIH.


The Amgen Scholars Program at NIH is a summer internship for undergraduate students interested in PhD and combined degree programs in the sciences. Students interested in attending medical or other professional school programs should apply to the broader NIH Summer Internship Program.  Students with experience in health disparities and a keen interest in learning more about the biological, environmental, social, and genetic causes of health disparities are especially encouraged to apply. The admission committee will give preference to students who lack opportunities to perform independent research during the school year. NIH welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourages students from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please be aware that applying for this program is a two-step process. You will need to submit a SIP application (choosing the Amgen subprogram) AND a Supplementary Application.

In addition, applicants must:

Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree, students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution, and previous Amgen Scholars are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

Applicants should complete the standard NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) application and choose "AMGEN" in item 9. In addition, applicants must also complete a Supplementary Application. All documents (BOTH applications and two letters of recommendation) MUST be received by February 1, 2019.  Applicants should discuss three important elements in the application cover letter:

  • Research interests and educational/career goals for the future
  • Understanding of, experience with, and interest in learning more about health disparities; we are interested in learning about personal, coursework-related, or community-based experiences that have increased your interest in health disparities.
  • Leadership experiences in school and in the community

The final application deadline for this program is February 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.  ALL application materials, including letters of reference and the Supplementary Application, must be received by this date for full consideration. (Read about applying early here.)

How the Program Works

The selection committee will review applications to the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH, and applicants will be informed of the committee's decisions by March 1, 2019. Applicants who are not selected for this internship will be released into the general pool of applicants for the NIH Summer Internship Program and will be advised about the selection process for SIP to maximize their chances of admission.

Individuals who are selected to participate in the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH will be matched by the program with NIH intramural scientists. Every effort will be made to place students in research groups related to their research interests. Applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists to discuss placements on their own. In addition, they should NOT specify on their applications an NIH Institute/Center in which they would like to be placed.

All interns participating in the Amgen Scholars Program at NIH must be on campus from June 3rd to August 9th, 2019. Summer internships are full-time positions; interns are expected to devote a minimum of 40 hours per week to their projects and training. Students should, therefore, speak with program staff before making plans to to take courses  or engage in volunteer activities.

Table comparing the AMGEN Scholars Program with other summer programs at the NIH