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Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)


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Academic Level:
Post-Baccalaureate

Description:
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.

Each postbac has a scientific "home" in the NIH Institute or Center (IC) of their principal investigator (PI). The IC manages all of the administrative details of the postbac appointment and the IC training office provides a variety of scientific and career enrichment activities. The NIH-wide Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) sponsors a wide range of career and professional development activities for postbacs, including skills workshops on topics such as oral and poster presentations and improving mentoring relationships; workshops on getting to graduate school and getting to professional school; career exploration sessions; wellness activities; a Graduate & Professional School Fair; and Postbac Poster Day. The NIH provides a wealth of additional scientific seminars.

Prospective candidates must apply online, and are encouraged to apply six to nine months before they wish to begin their training at the NIH. The program has no fixed start date, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. Individual scientists select their own postbacs and provide the funding to support them. To learn more about the program and how to apply, please visit our website!
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Participating Institution(s):
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience

Keywords:
Biomolecular Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)


Page last updated 11/20/2022
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