Application period: rolling basis throughout the year; applications should be submitted six to nine months before training is desired to commence

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • College graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than 3 years prior to program start date (but see exception for participants in Teach for America, Americorps or the Peace Corps)    
  • Individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than 6 months before they begin the program
  • Students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH

Award summary and benefits: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Post-baccalaureate IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) and CRTA (Cancer Research Training Award) program provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one to three years performing full-time research at the NIH. Individual scientists select their own postbacs and provide the funding to support them; there is no centralized selection process.  These traineeships are available only in the intramural laboratories of the NIH. Most of the laboratories are located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. Several Institutes or their laboratories that focus on particular research areas are found at other sites around the country. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1100 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Pheonix, AZ; and Detroit, MI. For more detailed information on the IRTA/CRTA opportunities, visit: Info For suggestions on how to increase your chances of being offered a position, please read the Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program Frequently Asked Questions on the website.

Application process: online

Application requirements: 

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • List of coursework and grades
  • Cover letter describing applicant's research interests and career goals
  • Names and contact information for references (3)

Faculty representative: Jess Hernandez