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Science-related Internship/Fellowship Opportunities at the NIH

The following fellowships have been offered in the past.  Check the Web sites for current eligibility criteria and application deadlines.

Technology Transfer Fellows, NIAID

Appointments are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a total of three years.

Detail Opportunities in the Office of Extramural Programs

Are you interested in exploring career opportunities in science policy or evaluation? The Office of Extramural Programs has 3-6 month unpaid detail assignments open to intramural postdocs with good communications, Excel, and PowerPoint skills who are interested in learning about NIH research training programs and policies. Selected individuals will spend 12-16 hours a week working with the NIH Extramural Research Training Officer and his staff, and attend monthly meetings of the NIH-wide Training Advisory Committee.

If you're interested, please discuss the possibility of a detail with your PI and ensure that you can be temporarily spared from your other assignments. Then send an e-mail and your CV to Jennifer Sutton, Extramural Program Policy and Evaluation Officer, at

Two-Year Bioethics Fellowships for Pre- and Post-doctoral Candidates

Fellows conduct mentored theoretical and empirical research in the ethics of health policy, international research ethics, human subjects research, genetics, or other fields of interest.

Intramural AIDS Research Fellowships for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

For postdoctoral trainees in the Intramural Research Program and graduate students in the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program whose work is directly applicable to HIV/AIDS research

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships

This fellowship, a collaborative effort of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Fogarty International Center, provides two years of support for Japanese postdoctoral fellows working in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

NCI Health Communications Internship Program

A graduate-level internship in health communications or science writing

NCI/FDA Joint Fellowship Training Programs

For MD,, MD/PhDs, and PhDs.  Fellows will be trained in preclinical oncology research, cancer prevention, clinical trials methodology, and medical product and other regulatory research and review.  By combining training in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review, this program will help fellows bridge the development and review processes.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, but other eligibility criteria vary across the four programs.

Technology Transfer Internship

For individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree and are currently enrolled in a law, business, or life science graduate program.  Applicants must be willing to commit 15 to 25 hours a week to this unpaid internship.  U.S. citizens and those with valid visas are welcome to apply.

Clinical Investigator Development Program

This program was developed by the NCI Center for Cancer Research for physicians dedicated to a career in clinical oncology research.  The program goal is to assist board- eligible/board-certified translational researchers to transition from a mentored position to independent investigator in either laboratory-based or patient-oriented research so that they will be highly competitive for tenure-track appointments in academia or comparable positions in government and industry.

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program

A partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health, the National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctorate and postbaccalaureate Fellowships. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world.

Opportunities for Short Administrative Assignments at the NIH

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and several components of the Office of the Director offer current postdoctoral trainees at the NIH the opportunity to spend three months on an administrative or science policy detail.