Research Training at NIH: Upcoming virtual information sessions (Postbac, Grad, Summer, Postdoc)

Want to do biomedical research training at NIH? The Intramural Research Program is the internal research arm of the NIH. Our scientists, trainees, and fellows work in a collaborative research environment using cutting-edge tools to perform interdisciplinary research from the bench to the bedside. We’d like to invite you to learn about training opportunities in the NIH Intramural Research Program for college students, graduate/professional school students, and recent doctoral degree holders.  

The NIH OITE is hosting virtual information sessions for potential applicants to learn more about our summer internship and postbac programs. Our website highlights our programs, outlines eligibility criteria, and application instructions. Learn more about the NIH, take a virtual tour of our Bethesda campus, read about research training, and discover how to find NIH research groups. All NIH research experiences are paid:

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Summer Internship Program

The NIH Summer Internship Program (NIH SIP) is an opportunity to spend a summer experiencing the biomedical research environment of the NIH Intramural Research Program. In addition to full-time research, all summer interns have access to career, professional, and well-being offerings. This program is for college students, community college students, and graduate students. The application opens in mid-November and closes February 16, 2024 at noon ET.  (some specialty programs have an earlier closing date)

Join us for a virtual information session to learn about the NIH and our research, get tips to apply, and get answers to your questions directly from our program staff:

Postbac Program

Recent college graduates planning to apply to graduate or professional school can spend one or two years doing full-time research and preparing for the next step in their career. All postbacs have access to career, professional, and well-being offerings, including medical and/or graduate school advising. There are no opening/closing dates for the general postbac program, applicants are selected on a rolling basis.

Also, there is the Postbac Enrichment Program (OITE-PEP), a cohort program within the broader NIH Postbac Program. In addition to having access to the resources offered to all NIH postbacs, OITE-PEP postbacs participate in intensive programming within their learning community. The OITE-PEP application is currently open and closes on December 3, 2023 at noon ET. 

Join us for a virtual information session to learn about the NIH, the Postbac program, and OITE-PEP. Hear about our research, get tips to apply, and get answers to your questions directly from our program staff:

Graduate Studies

The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is a collaborative education program that allows PhD students to benefit from the academic resources of their university and the research and professional environment of the NIH Intramural Research Program.  For more information and to apply, please visit: Application(s) and recommendation letters are due by December 1, 2023, at noon ET. 

The GPP is currently accepting applications for Fall 2024 admission in the following NIH Institutional Partnerships:

  • Brown University – Neuroscience
  • Georgetown University – Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology
  • Georgetown University – Microbiology & Immunology
  • Georgetown University – Neuroscience 
  • Georgetown University – Pharmacology & Physiology 
  • Georgetown University – Tumor Biology 
  • Johns Hopkins University – Cell, Molecular, Dev. Biology & Biophysics 
  • University of Pennsylvania – Immunology: NIH-Track 
  • Karolinska Institutet – Neuroscience 
  • University College London – Neuroscience / NIMH 
  • University of Oxford-Cambridge – PhD 
  • University of Oxford-Cambridge – MD/PhD – Track-1 
  • University of Oxford-Cambridge – MD/PhD – Track-2

For more information about the GPP overall, and to learn about the Individual Partnership path which allows currently-enrolled PhD students at academic institutions worldwide to perform all or part of their dissertation research in the NIH, visit:

Postdoc Training

Recent PhDs or other doctoral degree holders have the opportunity to work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians. Postdocs pursue basic, translational, and clinical research and come from across the U.S. and around the world. There are no open/close dates for this program, applicants are selected on a rolling basis. Open positions are posted on the OITE Job Board.