NIH Academy

The NIH Academy is a postbaccalaureate program that provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

Sponsor: NIH


The mission of the Academy is to enhance research dedicated to the elimination of domestic health disparities through the development of a diverse cadre of biomedical researchers. While in this program participants work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

In addition, there are two educational components to the program:

  1. Seminars and workshops on topics related to health disparities.

  2. General knowledge and skills-development workshops.

In order to encourage peer mentoring and facilitate interactions among members, the NIH Academy is a residential program. Two trainees share two-bedroom, one-bath apartments that are located within walking-distance of the Bethesda campus. NIH Academy fellows are expected to initiate the application process for graduate and/or medical school during their term at the NIH. The duration of the program is normally one year, but the fellowship can be extended for a second and final year provided the performance of the trainee is satisfactory and continued support by the laboratory is available.

The stipend for the NIH Academy fellows is $27,500, which is slightly higher than the average first year Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellowship stipend. This higher stipend is provided to help subsidize the rent, because this is a residential program.

If you are applying to the NIH Academy, we recommend that you also apply to the Postbaccalaureate IRTA program. Both programs offer a challenging laboratory experience.

The NIH Academy is only able to accept a maximum of sixteen trainees a year. These are trainees who have demonstrated a well-defined interest in health disparities (please use your cover letter to explain your interest in health disparities). However, the Postbaccalaureate IRTA program selects a much larger number of trainees who have a broad scope of research interests.

How to Apply