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2021 Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program


COVID-19 UPDATE: We are now able to share information regarding the 2021 NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) and High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP). We held off deciding whether to hold an in-person, virtual, or hybrid program in 2021 as long as possible with the hopes that we would feel safe inviting hundreds of new interns to campus this June. Unfortunately, it is clear that we still face uncertain times with continuing difficulty integrating trainees who started during the pandemic. Therefore, we want to let you know that SIP2021 will be fully virtual this summer.

 If you are selected to participate in the virtual summer program at the NIH, you will be engaged in a virtual project related to your lab assignment. Our goal is for you to learn about the research process and grow as a responsible and resilient scientist. If you join us you will also be able participate in various activities provided by our office, the Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), and/or the NIH Institutes and Centers. We will share further information on the structure and content of the virtual program with you as it becomes available. We look forward to welcoming those of you who are offered positions to Virtual SIP and Virtual HS-SIP this summer. Please send any questions to Summer_Postbac_Quest@mail.nih.gov.


If you are selected to participate in the virtual summer program at the NIH, you will be engaged in a virtual project related to your lab assignment. Our goal is for you to learn about the research process and grow as a responsible and resilient scientist. If you join us you will also be able participate in various activities provided by our office, the Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), and/or the NIH Institutes and Centers. We will share further information on the structure and content of the virtual program with you as it becomes available. We look forward to welcoming those of you who are offered positions to Virtual SIP and Virtual HS-SIP this summer. Please send any questions to Summer_Postbac_Quest@mail.nih.gov.


We will not be accepting applications for the 2021 Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (G-SOAR) Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Students selected to participate in the Summer 2020 G-SOAR program that was cancelled due to the COIVD-19 pandemic will be welcome to participate in 2021 and should follow the directions below.  We fully expect to accept applications next cycle for participation in the G-SOAR program in Summer of 2022. 

G-SOAR students will spend the summer working at the NIH 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 perform research with a mentor 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 http://www.nih.gov/icd/.) In addition to performing full-time research, scholars will:

  • Participate in a customized curriculum that will use case studies and group activities to develop communication, critical thinking, career readiness, and leadership skills needed to thrive in interdisciplinary graduate programs and research environments in the biomedical sciences.
  • Participate in a leadership development program focused on self-awareness, resiliency, conflict management, effective mentoring relationships, and understanding emotional intelligence.
  • Engage the broader NIH community in discussing cutting-edge research through participation at NIH Summer Poster Day.
  • 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, communication skills workshops, and the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) Annual Scientific and Professional Development Retreat.
  • Have the option to participate in the NIH Translational Science Training Program.

The G-SOAR Program will begin with a two-day orientation and leadership training program followed by an optional two-day symposium on Translational Science and the therapeutic development process. Students will meet with OITE and NIH mentors for program activities throughout the summer.

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).

Eligibility
The NIH G-SOAR Program is a summer research immersion experience that seeks to prepare a diverse cadre of young scholars for the rigors of biomedical research so that they excel in graduate school and are highly competitive for future opportunities in the biomedical enterprise. This program is designed for recently matriculated, first or second year graduate students enrolled in a biomedical PhD program, especially those interested in integrating translational approaches into research design. Students completing a master's degree who are transitioning into a biomedical PhD program are also eligible to apply. 

Students with disabilities; students who are Pell Grant-eligible; students who are or have been enrolled in Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); students who identify as LGBTQ; and individuals disadvantaged by circumstances that have negatively impacted their educational opportunities, including recent natural disasters, are encouraged to apply to G-SOAR.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be enrolled for Fall 2021 in a PhD graduate program at a university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other US territory.
  • Be enrolled in a masters level graduate program with the intention to pursue a PhD upon completion of the master's degree
  • Students applying for Fall 2021 admission should apply knowing that participation in the program will be dependent on successful matriculation into a graduate program.
  • Have permission from their graduate school program/university to participate in the program.

Application Process
Applicants selected for G-SOAR in summer 2020 should complete the standard NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) for 2021 and include the word “G-SOAR” at the beginning of their cover letter. Applicants should discuss the following important elements in the application cover letter:

  • Prior research experience, and current and future research interests.
  • Educational and career goals.
  • How participation in G-SOAR will assist in achieving stated goals.
  • Commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community within the biomedical research enterprise.
  • Leadership experiences in school and in the community.
  • Potential NIH investigators with which to work over the summer.

Students selected to participate in G-SOAR 2020 MUST apply through the SIP application portal.  The full application package, including reference letters, must be completed by December 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm for applicants to be considered for the program. 

How the Program Works

Individuals who are selected to participate in the 2020 G-SOAR Program and have submitted an application for summer 2021 will work closely with OITE staff throughout the mentor selection process. Those students who had already agreed with an intramural scientist to perform research during the 2020 G-SOAR program are encouraged to reach out to that investigator and determine if the invitation is still valid. G-SOAR applicants should not contact NIH intramural scientists to discuss placements on their own. In addition, they need not specify on their applications an NIH Institute/Center in which they would like to be placed.

All interns participating in the GDSSP must available full time from  June 7th to 11th for orientation.  Students will join their research groups on June 14th and the program will run through August 13th, 2021. 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 not, therefore, expect to take courses during the daytime. Furthermore, they should not make plans for evening coursework or volunteer activities before speaking to program staff.

Table comparing the G-SOAR Program with other summer programs at the NIH

 

 

 

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