National deadline: Applications accepted year round and reviewed by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply three to six months before they wish to begin their training at the NIH.
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- College graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than 3 years prior to program start date
- 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 NIH Postbac IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) program or CRTA (Cancer Research Training Award) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two 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: https://www.training.nih.gov/resources/faqs/postbac_irta#General Info For suggestions on how to increase your chances of being offered a position, please read the Postbac IRTA Program Frequently Asked Questions on the website.
Application process: online
- 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: Keith Raether