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  • Advanced Trainee Handbook, 2021 Icon NEW
  • Grants and Fellowships for Graduate and Medical Students at the NIH
  • GPP FAQs
  • Careerwise External Link, an online resource from Arizona State University, that aims to help women graduate students develop the resilience they need to complete that degree and move forward successfully.  The sections, on dealing with adviser issues, balancing career and personal demands, handling an unwelcoming environment, and surviving delays and setbacks, should be useful to all graduate students.

Resources for Postdocs

  • Advanced Trainee Handbook, 2021 Icon NEW
  • NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom): this organization, with members from each of the Institutes/Centers, represents postdoc interests to the NIH administration and works to improve the postdoc environment at the NIH.  FelCom sponsors career exploration workshops, contributes to the organization of major events like the Career Symposium, and plans social and community outreach events.
    • Visiting Fellows Subcommittee: a subcommittee of FelCom that works to enrich the experience of international scholars training at the NIH
    • FARE (Fellows Award for Research Excellence)
  • Fellows Editorial Board: The NCI/CCR Fellows Editorial Board offers NIH and FDA trainees a free, confidential scientific document-editing service.
  • Educational Loan Deferments: available for fellows who are appointed as IRTA/CRTAs or Visiting Fellows, i.e., those not considered employees.
  • Intramural Loan Repayment Program: for those appointed as NIH employees; this includes Research and Clinical Fellows
  • National Postdoctoral Association External Link
  • Grants and Fellowships for Postdocs at the NIH
  • Postdoc FAQs
  • "Keep the Thread" program:  The Committee on the NIH Intramural Research Program of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers has launched a new, three-year pilot program to increase flexibility for NIH intramural fellows who need alternative career development schedules.  This "Keep the Thread" program is an accommodation and reentry program open to all IRTA postdoctoral fellows, with the approval of their principal investigator and Scientific Director.  Emphasizing flexibility, the program offers an array of options ranging from alternative work schedules to temporary part-time work options.  The goal of the Keep the Thread program is to encourage trainees to stay connected to the NIH community during times of intense personal or caregiving needs in order to facilitate eventual reentry into full-time research.  The program encourages fellows and their PIs to work together to design an accommodation and reentry plan that meets the needs of both the fellow and the laboratory.

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You are not alone! Resources for Finding an NIH Community

  • The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion plays a lead role in making certain that representatives of all groups feel comfortable and can work optimally on the NIH campus.
  • NIH Black Scientists and Friends Network, an informal group dedicated to the mentoring and career enhancement of Black scientists at NIH.  Activities, which are open to all who share the group's goals, regardless of race, include a monthly networking dinner in Bethesda and the dissemination of information of potential interest to Black scientists.  For more information, contact Dr. Roland Owens.
  • Network of African American Fellows at the NIH (NAAF): The mission of this group is to create an environment of support for African American scientists during their tenure at NIH. To fulfill this mission the network will focus on creating opportunities for professional development and personal connections amongst fellows, informing and exposing fellows to biomedical career options, and providing mentoring and support to incoming fellows. All summer interns, post-baccalaureate fellows, post-doctoral fellows, senior scientists and all others who support the mission are welcomed to join. To become a member of the network, please Join the NIH-NAAF listserv. If you have additional questions, contact Erika Barr at 301-451-2164 or
  • LGBT-Fellows and Friends increases the visibility of this invisible minority. The group helps its members thrive in their professional and personal lives by addressing issues unique to the LGBT community. LGBT-Fellows and Friends organizes seminars and workshops to educate the general public on LGBT issues, provides professional development opportunities, and offers social and networking events to develop professional and personal networks. LGBT-Fellows and Friends is open to straight and LGBT identified NIH fellows, from postdocs to graduate students, postbacs, and summer interns. If you would like more information about LGBT-Fellows and Friends, contact Jennifer Wiggins ( Join the LGBT-FF listserv at to learn about up-coming LGBT-FF meetings.
  • The NIH SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science) Chapter: The SACNAS mission is to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists - from college students to professionals - to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. The NIH-SACNAS Chapter serves a hybrid membership of students and professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and a place where NIH trainees and staff from different science disciplines can meet to network, share successes, and strategize about future goals in a supportive environment. The chapter holds monthly meetings and events throughout the year and focuses alternately on scientific communication, networking, and career development. If you want to be a member of this chapter, please sign up for the list-serv (NIH-SACNAS). You may also want to join our LinkedIn group (The NIH SACNAS Chapter). External Link For more information contact Elena Hernandez-Ramon. Read more about the national organization External Link.
  • Mom-Dad-Docs aims to provide a supportive community for NIH postdoc, clinical/research fellow, and graduate student scientists who are also parents. We explore the joys and challenges of juggling parenthood and a scientific career. Monthly lunch meetings provide an opportunity to meet other postdoc/clinical fellow/graduate student parents while learning more about topics such as time management, career advancement strategies, and general parenting issues. Guest speakers present topics, insights, and resources. The Mom-Dad-Docs group welcomes all individuals with children (or thinking about having children). If you would like more information about Mom-Dad-Docs, please contact Ulrike Klenke of the OITE. Visit the OITE website to learn about up-coming Mom-Dad-Docs meetings, activities, and networking opportunities. Whenever possible, we will make the meetings available via Webinar.
  • Orthodox Jewish Mincha Minyon Notice. Monday through Thursday a Mincha Minyon (with mechitzah) meets at 2:00 pm on the 7th floor of the Hatfield Clinical Research Center, room 7-1480. This room is called the Auxiliary Chapel and is located off to the far right of the Department of Spiritual Care. For further information contact Daniel Edelman.
  • Bethesda Campus Christian Fellowship: An informal group of Christians who meet regularly to encourage spiritual growth and community. Regular events include a prayer meeting every Monday from 12:30 to 1:00 pm in the Clinical Center Auxiliary Chapel (Building 10, 7th floor) and a book club, on Fridays at 7:30 am, in the Auxiliary Chapel (morning prayer followed by discussion of a relevant Christian book). All are welcome! Please contact Phil Ryan in the OITE for further information.
  • The Women of Color Research Network supports all scientists interested in raising the voice and visibility of Women of Color (WOC) in biomedical and behavioral research.  This new social media site is for women of color and everybody interested in diversity in the scientific workforceVisit the Web site to join.
  • Ph.D. FIRST Conference External Link Focusing on Industrial Recruitment of Scientific Talent (FIRST).  Procter & Gamble's FIRST conference, is the premier recruiting event for outstanding African American, Hispanic, Native American and other doctoral and postdoctoral scientists interested in a career in industry. FIRST is a 3-day, all expenses paid, program for top Ph.D. students who are looking to gain exposure to the future of technology from an industry-leading company. Meet and learn from some of our nationally awarded scientists and engage in real-world discussions on what companies are looking for in new employees, cultural and workforce diversity, and future innovation.

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

  • For assistance on the NIH campus, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.
  • The Washington DC Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office External Link helps DC residents with physical, psychiatric, and/or learning disabilities face the challenges of the modern workplace. Each state will have an office like this.
  • The Job Accommodation Network External Link includes information about accommodation ideas, rights, and finding a job
  • Disabled Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Severe Physical Disabilities, or Psychiatric Disabilities may apply for non-competitive appointment through the Schedule A (5 C.F.R. 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Documentation of the disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits is required. This program is described on USAJobs.
  • Use to search for Selective Placement Program Coordinators by state for each federal agency. The site also links to other job accommodation resources.

    In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act) as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance, “Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the Agency has a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation(s) concerning the known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees (including trainees) and applicants with disabilities unless it can be shown that such accommodation(s) would impose an undue hardship to the Agency.  The undue hardship determination must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Although many individuals with disabilities can apply for and perform jobs without any reasonable accommodations, there are workplace barriers that prevent others from performing jobs they could do with some form of accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation could remove such workplace barriers for individuals with disabilities.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done, including a change or exception to applicable individual office rules and/or procedures, which would enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a position and/or enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment.  Examples of possible reasonable accommodations may include (non-exhaustive) workplace modifications, specialized ergonomic/lab equipment, or telework.  

    If you want to request reasonable accommodation, please contact your supervisor/PI or the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Access & Equity Branch at or 301-496-6301.

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