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National Institutes of Health Reseach and Training Opportunities - Postbaccalaureate Research Award

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) provides opportunities for recent college graduates (who plan to attend graduate or medical school) to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at NIH. US citizens or permanent residents who have received a bachelor's degree from a US university and who have held the degree for less than two years are eligible to apply. Stipend and health insurance.

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.


reviewed on a rolling basis, apply at least 3 to 6 months before you want to start

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Senior

Graduate: None

Award Type:

Award Period:
Academic Year (Graduate)
Post Bachelors
Post Graduate School

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Math, science, engineering, biomedical, medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary

Additional Qualifications:
US citizen or permanent resident

Last Updated:
July 18, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17