NIH (National Institutes of Health) Graduate Partnerships Program

The goal of the Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation. The GPP allows participants to take advantage of the best of two worlds—the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the NIH.

At the NIH, graduate students work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians.  They share the NIH campus with the largest translational research hospital in the nation.  They explore areas such as bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, health sciences, structural biology, sensory and communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology.

All graduate students at the NIH are part of the GPP and can take advantage of the graduate student community and career and professional development services supported by the Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE), but students come to the NIH in one of three ways:

  • Institutional partnerships administered by the OITE
  • Institutional partnerships administered by one of the Institutes or Centers (ICs) that make up the NIH
  • Individual agreements negotiated between an NIH investigator and the student's university

The stipends for graduate students at the NIH are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience.  For a first-year postgraduate student, the initial stipend is $28,300; for the second year it will be $30,100; it continues to increase each year for up to five years.

Studies in health-related sciences, including but not limited to bioinformatics, neuroscience, biomedical sciences/research, cell and molecular biology, biophysics, molecular pathology, epidemiology, biostatistics, immunology, cancer technology

TENABLE AT: National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC, and various universities in the USA and abroad.  A detailed list may be found at https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/gpp/partnerships.

Graduate students come to the NIH in one of two ways:

Institutional Partnerships - Students who have an undergraduate degree and who would like to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences can apply to one or more of the GPP Institutional Partnerships. Students apply concurrently to the GPP and to a partner university. Enrollment is limited to US citizens and US permanent residents.

Individual Partnerships - Students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program who would like to perform part or all of the dissertation research at the NIH, may develop an individual agreement between an NIH Investigator and the graduate university. Individual agreements are open to US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent program.

Final deadline for the GPP program is Dec. 1, 2014 ; external deadlines are also listed on program websites. See other details at the NIH GPP Webpage.

Prospective candidates for OITE-administered GPP programs must apply online. Applications must be submitted concurrently to both the GPP and the partner university.

Potential applicants to IC-administered GPP programs should contact the IC Training Office directly.

Individuals interested in arranging an Individual Partnership should contact potential NIH mentors directly to discuss potential projects and the possibility of developing a collaboration.  They can contact the GPP office in the OITE for assistance with completing the required paperwork or advice on negotiating a partnership.

See more information on the NIH website.

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