Graduate Partnership Program

This program links the NIH to national and international universities in the training of graduate students.

Sponsor: NIH


The GPP helps prepare NIH graduate students to become innovative and creative leaders in the scientific research community.  We provide programs, services, individual assistance, and resources to enhance academic, professional and career development. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary source of biomedical research support in the United States.  The NIH conducts cutting edge research and training on its own campuses and fosters research and research training at universities around the U.S.  The mission of NIH covers the full spectrum of science, from discovery of new fundamental knowledge about living systems to applying knowledge to improve health and fight disease.


Applicants for admission into Individual Partnership may be United States of America (USA) citizens, USA permanent residents or international citizens enrolled in a PhD or equivalent degree program. Applicants for admission into the partnerships for prospective PhD students must be US citizens or US permanent residents.  Applicants must also have an undergraduate degree by the time of admission.  Certain partnerships may have additional degree requirements such as the NCI – Molecular Pathology and NINR – Nursing & Biobehavioral Research partnerships; see the partnership descriptions for details.

How to Apply