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NIH Training Opportunities

The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) extends a warm greeting and hope that all of you are having a productive fall term. The OITE offers a variety of training opportunities and valuable career development to NIH trainees. We encourage you to explore the program opportunities mentioned below.

Students seeking a comprehensive summer research experience should explore the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). SIP welcomes eligible college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators. SIP includes the following subprograms run by the OITE: The Community College Summer Enrichment Program(CCSEP) for community college students; the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program (C-SOAR) and the AMGEN Scholars at NIH Program forstudents at four-year universities; the Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program G-SOARfor grad students. The SIP application is currently open through mid-March. To gain more information about the application process, please view this video.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The UGSP offers up to $20K in scholarship support, paid research training during the summer and after graduation. To determine if you meet the financial need eligibility guidelines, the UGSP encourages all applicants to complete the Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) form and submit it to your financial aid office. Please watch this video for additional application information.

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH. It’s designed to provide recent college graduates with a research experience and valuable career development seminars and workshops. Before preparing your application, please watch this video for instructions. The application is always open and we suggest you submit your application at least six to eight months before graduation.

For graduating undergraduate students who are specifically interested in a postbac experience focused on health disparities, you should consider applying to the NIH Academy. The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues. The application for the NIH Academy becomes available in May. Another opportunity is the NIH Academy Enrichment Program, this program provides one year of Postbac IRTA funding while participating in the NIH Academy and other career and professional development activities.   **NEW THIS YEAR- The NIH Academy Enrichment Program application will be available starting in late January.

Bridges to the Doctorate

Application for Fall 2018 admission due January 1

The Bridges to the Doctorate (B2D) Program aims to increase representation of individuals traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences at the doctoral level.

  • B2D scholars will complete their MS degree in a laboratory at Towson University and ultimately enroll in a biomedical doctoral program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) or elsewhere.
  • In partnership with UMSOM, B2D scholars will participate in professional development and research skills building activities. Activities include research seminars, workshops, a 4-week rotation in a UMSOM lab, doctoral-level coursework, and GRE test prep.
  • The B2D program provides the educational and financial support to ensure a successful transition to a biomedical Ph.D. program.
  • While enrolled at TU, B2D students are provided a tuition waiver, salary, and funding to travel to research conferences.