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Opportunities for doctoral and postbaccalaureate training at the National Institutes of Health

Are you interested in postbaccalaureate training in biomedical research, or pursuing a PhD in a biomedical field? The National Institute of Health offers two great training programs: the NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award, and the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program.

NIH Postbaccalaureate 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.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply 3-6 months before you wish to begin training.

NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Doctoral Degree Program

The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program, which is fully funded, is based on the British system, in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a passion for science through engagement in summer, job related, or undergraduate research programs.

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Applications open August 2018. Be sure to start your application early!

Questions about any of these programs? Contact the program directly, or CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator Dr. Jacob Moore (

April, 2018