National Institutes of Health Post-bac Intramural Research Training Award

The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. 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; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.

Eligibility

The Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program is for individuals who meet any ONE of the following criteria:

  1. college graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than THREE years prior to the date they begin the program,
  2. individuals who are more than 3 years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program, OR
  3. students who have been accepted into graduate, other doctoral, or medical school programs and who have written permission from their school to delay entrance for up to one year to pursue a biomedical research project at the NIH.

To be eligible, candidates must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, they must intend to apply to graduate or professional school during their tenure at the NIH.

Award

The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience acquired AFTER completion of the bachelor's degree. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.

Application

Prospective candidates must apply online. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply three to six months before they wish to begin their training at the NIH.  The program has no fixed start date.  The application requires submission of

  • a curriculum vitae or resume,
  • a list of coursework and grades,
  • a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals,and
  • the names and contact information for three references.

Candidates may also specify keywords that define their research interests.  These can be particular diseases or conditions, techniques, or general subject areas.

Deadline(s)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year round by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. 

Details

Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate

Discipline

  • Health
  • STEM
  • Multiple

Language

  • English

Duration

  • Yearlong
  • Other

Program Type

  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
  • Research

Region

  • North America
  • DC

GWU Sponsored?

No

GWU Endorsement Required?

No