Training Opportunities

There are several routes to training experiences within the intramural community—whether you are seeking to identify the best research fit for your education and background, locate an open position, or plan your career in science and medicine.

Begin your search with the IRP’s three leading educational offices and programs:

  • Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) (for all research training)
    • Postdoctoral and visiting fellows
    • Graduate student programs, through formal programs, international exchanges, and for individual students wanting an NIH research experience
    • Postbaccalaureate fellows
    • Summer students, from high school through graduate school
  • Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education (for physicians, medical, and other pre-professional students)
    • Graduate Medical Education, offers 20 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) residency and fellow programs, 7 jointly sponsored programs, and 30 other clinical and translational non-standard fellowship programs.
    • Medical Research Scholars Program is a research “year-off” training program for medical, dental, veterinary students that advances health by inspiring future careers as clinician-scientists by engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, augmented with a didactic and professional development curriculum, and featuring a robust mentorship and advising program.
    • Clinical Elective Program offers over 30 unique short term (4-12 week) clinical elective opportunities for highly motivated students who are strongly interested in, or committed to, research-oriented careers in academic. Additionally mentored clinical research rotations are offered for dual-degree students (M.D.-Ph.D., D.O.-Ph.D.) in the fields of biomedical informatics, cancer immunotherapy, genomic medicine, health services research, and inflammation/inflammatory diseases.
  • NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (OxCam)
    • Ph.D. Program: The NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is a highly individualized doctoral program for students seeking to pursue a career in biomedical research. Each OxCam Scholar works with at least two different research supervisors — one at the NIH and one at either Oxford or Cambridge — on a project that involves a collaborative undertaking by the two laboratories.
    • M.D./Ph.D. Program: Students interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist may pair the NIH OxCam Ph.D. Program with a U.S. medical school or Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) via the NIH M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program. Students admitted to the NIH M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program conduct research in the NIH Intramural Research Program as part of a coordinated plan of dual-degree training with the student’s selected medical school.

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, July 26, 2023