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Intramural Research Training Award

  • Postdoctoral Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)

    The Postdoctoral Intramural Research Awards Program provides new postdoctoral fellows with advanced training and an opportunity to conduct full-time research in a laboratory environment that is compatible with the interests of the participant.
  • Pre-doctoral Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)/Pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow

    The goal of the Pre-doctoral IRTA/Visiting Fellow program is to introduce doctoral students to biomedical research as well as to provide practical research training and experience to students, by supplementing academic course work and/or encouraging pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research.
  • Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)

    The goal of the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards Program is to introduce recent college graduates to biomedical research, as well as provide additional time to pursue successful application to a doctoral degree program.
  • Student Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)

    The goal of this program is to match student research interests with a basic neuroscience laboratory or clinical branch where those interests might be pursued.

 

Program Descriptions

Postdoctoral Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA

The Postdoctoral Intramural Research Awards Program provides new postdoctoral fellows with advanced training and an opportunity to conduct full-time research in a laboratory environment that is compatible with the interests of the participant. Candidates for the program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a doctoral degree and less than five years of relevant postdoctoral experience. The research activities and professional development of the fellow are conducted under the auspices of an experienced senior investigator. Fellows are encouraged to participate in tutorial seminars, journal clubs and other NIH-sponsored teaching programs. Awards are made initially for one or two years and may be extended to five years, depending upon an annual review of the participant’s research accomplishments and the availability of institutional resources. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis.

In order to have an appropriate placement, it is important to understand the type of research done at NIMH. You are also invited to learn about the Principal Investigators at the NIMH to find a laboratory or branch that is conducting the research that most closely fits with your interests. Feel free to contact principal investigators who conduct the type of research that you are interested in to see if they have an opening. Openings are also listed online on the Office of Intramural Training and Education website. For more information on this program, prospective applicants should contact Margarita Valencia.

Applications:
There are no deadlines for applications as they are accepted on a “rolling admission” basis. Those who are chosen for an IRTA position opening will be asked to submit their complete CV and bibliography, copies of degrees received, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are accepted either by applying to an opening on the Office of Intramural Training and Education website or by submitting the required documents directly to the laboratory or branch chief.

Benefits:
Stipends are usually adjusted every year. The current stipend chart for post-doc IRTAs as well as information on health insurance and the complete description of the IRTA program are found in the IRTA Manual.

Post-doc IRTAs are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in relocation reimbursement. Speak with your principal investigator to see if you would be eligible.

Pre-doctoral Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)/Pre-doctoral Visiting Fellow

The goal of the Pre-doctoral IRTA/Visiting Fellow program is to introduce doctoral students to biomedical research as well as to provide practical research training and experience to students, by supplementing academic course work and/or encouraging pursuit of professional careers in biomedical research to two different groups of graduate students. As an integral part of the student’s academic preparation, dissertation research for students enrolled in doctoral degree programs in biomedical sciences will involve close cooperation and planning between NIH and the academic institution. In addition, students enrolled in doctoral or medical degree programs who obtain written permission from their school may interrupt their current schooling to perform research for up to one year before returning to their degree-granting program. This program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals enrolled in universities in the U.S. or abroad. The NIH has established partnerships with a few PhD programs. Please review the Graduate Partnership Program website for more information and the on-line application.

In order to have an appropriate placement, it is important to understand the type of research done at NIMH. Review the Research Areas of the NIMH-DIRP to find the research that most closely fits with your interests. Feel free to contact principal investigators who conduct the type of research that you are interested in to see if they have an opening. For more information on this program, prospective applicants should contact Richard Doucette.

Applications:
There are no deadlines for applications as they are accepted on a “rolling admission” basis. Fill out the on-line application. Pre-doctoral IRTAs and Visiting Fellows who are chosen for a position opening will be asked to submit proof of enrollment in a graduate program and transcripts, in addition to the on-line application. Pre-doctoral Visiting Fellows must also submit copies of passports of applicant and dependents as well as immigration information, if any.

Benefits:
Stipends are usually adjusted every year. The current stipend chart for pre-doctoral IRTAs and Visiting Fellows, as well as information on health insurance and the complete description of the IRTA program are found in the IRTA Manual.

Pre-doctoral IRTAs/Visiting Fellows are not eligible to receive a relocation reimbursement. An advance of up to $1,000 may be requested upon commencement of the award.

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)

The goal of the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awards Program is to introduce recent college graduates to biomedical research, as well as provide additional time to pursue successful application to a doctoral degree program. Participants are provided practical research training and experience under the mentorship of an experienced clinical or laboratory investigator. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents and have graduated from an accredited college or university no more than twelve months prior to arriving at the NIH. In addition, the applicant must intend to apply to graduate or medical school within the next year. Additional information and the on-line application for this fellowship program, which are accepted on a continuing basis, can be found at the Office of Intramural Training and Education website.

In order to have an appropriate placement, it is important to understand the type of research done at NIMH. Review this link to find the research that most closely fits with your interests. Feel free to contact principal investigators who conduct the type of research that you are interested in to see if they have an opening. For more information on this program, prospective applicants should contact Richard Doucette.

Applications:
There are no deadlines for applications as they are accepted on a “rolling admission” basis. Fill out the on-line application. Post-baccalaureate IRTAs who are chosen for a position opening will be asked to submit proof of graduation and transcripts in addition to the on-line application.

Benefits:
Stipends are usually adjusted every year. The current stipend chart for post-bac IRTAs as well as information on health insurance and the complete description of the IRTA program are found in the IRTA Manual.

Post-bac IRTAs/Visiting Fellows are not eligible to receive a relocation reimbursement. An advance of up to $1,000 may be requested upon commencement of the award.

Student Intramural Research and Training Award (IRTA)

The Student IRTA Program is open to high school, college and graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research.
The goal of this program is to match student research interests with a basic neuroscience laboratory or clinical branch where those interests might be pursued. Participants work a minimum number of weeks with established investigators, receive training in research procedures and conduct research in selected areas of investigation under the guidance of an assigned preceptor. To be eligible to participate, students must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For more information, prospective applicants should contact Margarita Valencia

Applications:
There are no deadlines for applications as they are accepted on a “rolling admission” basis. Student IRTAs who have found a match with a Principal Investigator and are chosen for a position opening will be asked to submit transcripts or proof of enrollment from the school, in addition to the on-line application. Apply online at: http://trainingapplication.nimh.nih.gov

Benefits:
Stipends may be adjusted yearly. The current stipend chart for Student IRTAs, as well as information on health insurance and the complete description of the IRTA program are found in the IRTA Manual.