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IMPORTANT NOTES:
Telework Policy for Trainees-2022
The NIH has a policy to allow for limited telework for intramural trainees (IRTA/CRTA/Visiting Fellows). NOTE: no IRTAs, CRTAs, or Visiting Fellows may be appointed with the understanding that they will be working remotely. More information here.

Eligibility Note:  Please read the eligibility requirements and background check information before applying.  All fellowship offers are contingent upon your ability to successfully pass a federal background check.


Join us during the upcoming webinars to learn about training opportunities at the NIH. These programs allow individuals to work at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. NIH aims to build a highly diverse and inclusive scientific workforce. Toward that goal, the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education offers many subprograms for individuals at different career stages.


High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP)

The High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP) provides an opportunity for high school students to gain research experience. HS-SIP internships generally cover a minimum of eight weeks.

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education welcomes applications for two special high school summer internship programs (HiSTEP and HiSTEP 2.0) for local high school students.


Summer Internship Program (SIP)

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students to gain research experience. Internships generally cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students arriving at the NIH in June. 

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) organizes the following subprograms:

Several NIH Institutes and Centers run their own summer programs. You can find a list of these programs here.


Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)

The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The NIH UGSP offers: scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.


Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA)

The NIH Postbacalaureate Intramural Training Award/Cancer Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. All postbac trainees are eligible to participate in the NIH Academy on Health Disparities.

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education welcomes applications for a special postbac subprogram, the OITE Postbac Enrichment Program (OITE-PEP).


Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP)

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of the NIH, and the breadth and depth of the research programs of both the host university and the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.


Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (Postdoc IRTA/CRTA)

Postdoctoral training in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich the NIH environment.

Contact Information

ProgramContact
Summer Internship Programs (for High School, College, Graduate, and Professional School Students)
Summer_Postbac_Questions@mail.nih.gov
HiStep@od.nih.gov
Summer_Postbac_Questions@mail.nih.gov
Erika Barr, PhD
Erika Barr, PhD
NIH-AMGEN@od.nih.gov
GradSIP@mail.nih.gov
GSOAR@mail.nih.gov
Find the contact information for all programs here
Programs for College Students
Darryl Murray, PhD
Programs for Recent Graduates from College, Graduate school, and Professional School
Summer_Postbac_Questions@mail.nih.gov
Andrea Naranjo-Erazo, PhD
OITE-PEP@nih.gov
https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp/contacts
Lori Conlan, PhD

ELIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility requirements vary based on the specific program. Make sure you meet ALL the requirements for the specific program(s) in which you wish to participate. Some programs require trainees to be US citizens or permanent residents, have earned certain degrees, be within a certain amount of time since degree completion, meet certain academic criteria, be enrolled in and have permission from an academic institution, and/or have a specific interest. All trainees must be at least 17 years of age at the start of their fellowship.

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 to all programs.

IMPORTANT NOTES: All fellowship offers are contingent on your ability to successfully pass a federal background check, which is required for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems. As part of the clearance process you will be asked questions about a variety of topics including your citizenship, criminal history, and other personal information. One specific question you will be asked is “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” This question pertains to the use of controlled substances or drugs as defined under federal law. Please be aware that while marijuana may be legal or decriminalized within your home jurisdiction it remains illegal under U.S. federal law. The use, possession, supply, or manufacture of marijuana may preclude you from obtaining the necessary clearances to participate in NIH intramural training programs, even if you were initially offered a position. If you have questions about this policy or would like guidance on the clearance process, please reach out to oite@nih.gov (please put “Eligibility Inquiry” in the subject line).