General Description

The IRTA program provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Trainees work side by side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Fellowships are available in more than 1250 intramural laboratories of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which are located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; and Detroit, MI.

Disciplines Supported

Awards made to recent graduates who plan to pursue graduate study within the medical field.


Stipends for post-baccalaureate IRTA trainees are adjusted yearly.  Other benefits include health insurance for the trainee and his/her family. In cooperation with a committee consisting of post-baccalaureate and Technical IRTA Fellows, the Office of Intramural Training and Education sponsors a wide variety of career development and social activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Begin training within two years of receipt of the undergraduate degree.
  • Initiate the application process for graduate or medical school during their tenure in the program.

The program is also open to individuals who have been accepted into graduate or medical degree programs and who have written permission from the school to defer matriculation for up to one year. The duration of the program is normally one year, but can be extended for one additional year depending on satisfactory trainee performance and continued availability of funds.


There is no deadline; applications are accepted continuously. It is recommended that you apply three to six months prior to the date on which you want to start.

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