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Training Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

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  • The High School Summer Internship Program (HS-SIP)
    HS-SIP welcomes eligible high school students to the NIH for at least eight weeks in the summer. HS-SIP includes two subprograms run by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE): HiSTEP, the High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program, and HiSTEP 2.0.
  • The Summer Internship Program (SIP)
    SIP welcomes eligible college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators. SIP includes subprograms run by the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE): CCSEP, the Community College Summer Enrichment Program; C-SOAR, the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program; the AMGEN Scholars at NIH Program; G-SOAR, the Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program; and GDSSP, the Graduate Data Science Summer Program.

  • Other Summer Programs at the NIH : Note that two of these programs, the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) and the NINR-Summer Genetics Institute (NINR-SGI), also use the SIP application.

  • Internships at Other Times of the Year:  Individuals who are (1) at least 17 years of age and (2) enrolled in high school, college, or graduate/professional school can come to the NIH as Student IRTAs.  Responsibility for arranging the internship rests with the potential trainee.  The guidelines provided to SIP applicants in the SIP FAQs, particularly those under "After Applying" may be of help in  managing this process. IMPORTANT NOTE: you must remain enrolled at your institution during your time at the NIH.



POSTBAC PROGRAMS (for recent college graduates)

  • The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program
    The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH.


  • The NIH Academy
    The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues.  Any Postbac or Technical IRTA is welcome to apply to participate in the Academy


  • The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP)
    The GPP provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct all or part of their dissertation research in the resource-rich NIH environment. Students come to the NIH either as part of formal institutional partnerships or via individual agreements negotiated between their university mentor and an investigator at the NIH. In all cases, degrees are granted by the university partner.


  • Medical and dental students can come to the NIH in several ways.  They can spend a year on the NIH Bethesda campus conducting research under the direct mentorship of an NIH investigator as part of the National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the main campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.   Students can also complete 4- or 8-week clinical rotations in the NIH Clinical Electives Program at the NIH Clinical Center.


  • Postdoctoral Training in the NIH Intramural Research Program
    Eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have recently received a doctoral degree can come to the NIH as Postdoctoral IRTAs to complete up to five years of postdoctoral research. Eligible international scholars who are recent doctoral degree recipients can conduct up to five years of postdoctoral research at the NIH as Visiting Fellows; they generally come to the NIH on J1 visas. Both groups are considered NIH trainees, rather than employees.

  • Other Postdoctoral Programs at the NIH

  • Research Fellows
    Postdoctoral fellows can be promoted to Research Fellow, an appointment that makes them NIH employees, albeit temporary. An individual can spend an additional three years as a Research Fellow after reaching the five-year limit of the Postdoctoral Fellow appointment.  Research Fellows are eligible for Intramural Loan Repayment.

  • Residents and Clinical Fellows
    Physicians and dentists seeking specialty or subspecialty clinical-research training will find a vast array of both ACGME-accredited and other clinical and translational programs at the NIH.  Training requirements and program durations vary.  Like Research Fellows, Residents and Clinical Fellows are considered temporary NIH employees and are eligible for Intramural Loan Repayment.