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Technical Intramural Research Training Award (Technical IRTA)

Effective immediately (February 22, 2016), the NIH will no longer be accepting applications for its Technical IRTA Program.

However, the eligibility criteria for the Postbaccalaureate IRTA program have been broadened.

The Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program is for

  1. college graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than THREE years prior to the date they begin the program,
  2. individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program, or
  3. students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH.

To be eligible, candidates must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, they must intend to apply to graduate or professional school during their tenure at the NIH. However, applicants are no longer required to have received a degree from a US institution. We anticipate that most individuals who were interested in the Technical IRTA Program will now be eligible for the Postbac IRTA Program.

The revised Postbac application is NOW available. If you had already submitted an online application for the Technical IRTA Program, you will have received a message explaining your options.