Health Behavior Branch (HBB)

HBB Fellowship Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

The NIH Postdoctoral IRTA Program provides advanced training and research experience to physicians and Ph.D.-level investigators who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers. To be eligible to apply for this program, candidates must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree.

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA)

The Postbaccalaureate IRTA program is open to individuals who have (1) graduated from a fully accredited U.S. college or university no more than 2 years prior to the activation date of the award, and intend to apply to graduate or medical school in biomedical research within the next year or (2) students who have been accepted into graduate, doctoral, or medical degree programs and who have written permission from their school either to delay entrance for up to 1 year, or to interrupt their current schooling and to return within 1 year to their degree-granting program.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

The Summer Internship Program at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Students sixteen years of age or older who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school, an accredited U.S. college or university or an accredited U.S. medical/dental school are eligible to apply.

For more information on these positions, visit the NIH Research and Training Opportunities Web site at

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