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2023 Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program


COVID-19 Update: At this time we expect that the 2023 NIH SIP will be in-person.  We will continue to update this page and notify applicants with any changes as they occur.


The application period for the Summer 2023 session is now closed. 


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 Summer Internship Program Curriculum.

The G-SOAR Program will begin with a two-day orientation and leadership training program. 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. The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page. The Institute/Center (IC) in which you work, or your research group, pays your stipend. Trainees also receive 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. 

Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in health-related sciences; Students with disabilities; students who are Pell Grant-eligible; students who are 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.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be enrolled for Fall 2023 in a PhD graduate program at a university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other US territory or be enrolled in a master's level graduate program with the intention to pursue a PhD upon completion of the master's degree
  • If applying for Fall 2023 admission, realize 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 should complete the standard NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) for 2023. Students must choose 'G-SOAR' in Item 9 to be considered by the G-SOAR program. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 16, 2022 and the letters of reference is December 18, 2022.

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 the 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

 

How the Program Works
Applicants will be informed of the committee's decisions no later than January 13, 2023. 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 2023 G-SOAR Program will work closely with OITE staff throughout the mentor selection process. 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 5th to 9th for orientation.  Students will join their research groups on June 12th and the program will run through August 11th, 2023. 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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