Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Boulevard
Suite 200, Room 2A641
Baltimore, MD 21224
Welcome and thank you for wanting to learn more about training programs at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Resarch Program (NIDA IRP). The Office of Education and Career Development (OECD) at NIDA IRP coordinates these training programs. You can reach us by calling 443-740-2358 or emailing OECD@nih.gov.
As you can see below, we have training programs for all educational levels. Using the tabs above, you can read about our investigators and the research they conduct.
NIDA is one of 27 institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most of these 27 institutes have their own research programs, which is known collectively as the NIH Intramural Research Program.
The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) has many career development events for research trainees. The OECD offers similar career development events for our trainees in Baltimore.
The Summer Internship Program is for students in high school, college, graduate, and professional school. Students spend 8-10 weeks working with a scientist on a biomedical research project and present a poster of their research findings at the end of the summer.
Program events include scientific seminars, neuroscience lectures, and workshops on poster preparation and planning for graduate and medical school.
The Postbaccalaureate Program is for college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school. Students spend 1-2 years working with NIDA investigators.
Postbac training events include seminars and workshops on applying to and succeeding in graduate and medical school, preparing for the GRE and MCAT, interviewing skills, poster preparation and presentation, and giving a scientific talk. Postbacs also participate in a monthly research lunch, involving data presentations.
The Graduate Partnership Program (GPP) provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct all or part of their dissertation research at NIH. Students come to NIH either as part of formal institutional partnerships or via individual agreements negotiated between their university mentor and an investigator at NIH. Graduate students participate in the same programs as postdoctoral fellows (see below).
Individuals who have recently received a doctoral degree can complete up to 5 years of research as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Eligible international scholars can conduct up to 5 years of postdoctoral research as Visiting Fellows. Postdoctoral training events include seminars and workshops on time management, workplace dynamics, teaching science, job search skills, career satisfaction, basic and advanced writing, grant writing, and mentoring. Postdocs also participate in a weekly research lunch, involving data presentations and occasional career speakers.