The goal of the Postbaccalaureate IRTA 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. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who intend to apply for admission to graduate or medical school and who are less than 2 years from receiving a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university are eligible for the program. There is no application deadline; however, most students begin their training in the summer or early fall.
The Postbaccalaureate SDFDR program is the same as the Postbaccalaureate IRTA described above. Candidates apply online as you would for the Postbaccalaureate IRTA; however, there are additional application materials found at the SDFDR website.
The goal of the Technical IRTA Program is to produce highly trained research support personnel. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university are eligible for the program. The initial training award is for 2 years and can be extended for one additional year. There is no application deadline.
Resources for Prospective Postbaccalaureates
- Postbac Handbook [PDF]
- NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
- Writing a Successful Application [PDF]
- Advocate for Yourself [PDF]
- Choosing a Mentor
NIDA IRP Resources