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Postbaccalaureate Programs

Postbac IRTA Program
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 three years prior to arriving at the NIH. In addition, the applicant must intend to apply to graduate or medical school during their tenure at NIH. Additional information and the online application for this fellowship program, which are accepted on a continuing basis, can be found here . In order to have an appropriate placement, it is important to explore the research interests of the NIMH Principal Investigators to find a laboratory or branch that is conducting the research that most closely fits with the applicants' research interests. NIMH IRP Principal Investigators and their research interests can be found here. Applicants should contact principal investigators directly to see if they have an opening in their laboratory. For more information on this program, prospective applicants should contact Alycia Boutté in the Office of Fellowship Training.

There are no deadlines for applications as they are accepted on a “rolling admission” basis. Fill out the online 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.

Please contact Alycia Boutté in the Office of Fellowship Training for information regarding stipends and health insurance and/or go here . Post-bac IRTAs may request an advance of less than $2,000 based on expressed hardship. Final approval of these funds must be obtained from the NIMH Scientific Director and will be disbursed upon commencement of the award.