Of the 29 graduates (largest NIDA class ever), 12 are heading to PhD programs, 1 to a PharmD program, 6 will be going to medical school, 3 to MD/PhD programs, 3 to Master’s programs, 1 to Physician Assistant school, 1 plans to work in science communication, 1 is going to work for the AmeriCorps program, and 1 will be a Venture for America Fellow working with a start-up company.
The goal of the Postbaccalaureate Program is to give recent college graduates the opportunity to spend 1-2 years working directly with a NIDA scientist on a biomedical research project. Eligibility information about the program and the application can be found here.
There is no application deadline; however, most postbacs begin their training in the summer or early fall. Your application should be completed 6-8 months before you intend to start. When your application is complete, including all 3 reference letters, you should contact NIDA IRP Prinicipal Investigators to express interest in working in their lab.
The NIH Academy is a program dedicated to educating trainees about health disparities. Health disparities are differences between one population and another regarding rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and mortality. All current postbacs interested in learning about research designed to eliminate health disparities are eligible to apply to the NIH Academy. The NIH Academy engages postbacs in journal clubs, seminars, discussions, and community outreach all centered on health disparities in vulnerable populations.
The OECD has a library of GRE and MCAT study materials and books on scientific writing, mentoring, career development, teaching, time management, networking, and careers in science. If you’d like to borrow any of these books, contact Rolanda Morris at 443-740-2358 or OECD@nih.gov.
Resources for Postbaccalaureate Students
- Postbac FAQs
- NIH Postbac Handbook [PDF]
- Career Development Events
- Postbac Research Lunch
- Postbac Advisory Board
- Recent Postbac Alumni