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