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Science Related Internship/Fellowship Opportunities at the NIH

Posted by on Monday, May 15, 2023 in Announcements .

The following opportunities provide a way for scientists to gain skills in tech transfer, science policy, science administration and other careers. Check the Web sites for current eligibility criteria and application procedures/deadlines. (Note: if you are looking for funding opportunities for your current research please see our funding opportunities page.)

NIAID Tech Transfer Fellowship
Learn tech transfer from the NIAID tech transfer office. The program enables individuals to complement their science, business, and/or legal background with experience in technology transfer.

NCI Tech Transfer Center Fellowship Program 
The NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC) offers an opportunity for training through the NCI TTC Fellowship program. TTC also has a unit dedicated to marketing these research opportunities and their underlying technologies to potential collaborators and licensees.

Two-year Bioethics Fellowships for Pre- and Post-doctoral Candidates
Fellows conduct mentored theoretical and empirical research in the ethics of health policy, international research ethics, human subjects research, genetics, or other fields of interest.

NCI Health Communications Internship Program
A graduate-level internship in health communications or science writing

Interagency Oncology Task Force Fellowship
These NCI/FDA joint fellowship training programs are  for MD,, MD/PhDs, and PhDs. Fellows will be trained in preclinical oncology research, cancer prevention, clinical trials methodology, and medical product and other regulatory research and review. By combining training in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review, this program will help fellows bridge tIhe development and review processes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, but other eligibility criteria vary across the four programs.

The National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program
A partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health, the National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctorate and postbaccalaureate Fellowships. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world.

Opportunities for Short Administrative Assignments at the NIH
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and several components of the Office of the Director offer current postdoctoral trainees at the NIH the opportunity to spend three months on an administrative or science policy detail (volunteer experience).

Detail Opportunities in the Office of Extramural Programs
Are you interested in exploring career opportunities in science policy or evaluation? The Office of Extramural Programs has 3-6 month unpaid detail (volunteer) assignments open to intramural postdocs with good communications, Excel, and PowerPoint skills who are interested in learning about NIH research training programs and policies. Selected individuals will spend 12-16 hours a week working with the NIH Extramural Research Training Officer and his staff, and attend monthly meetings of the NIH-wide Training Advisory Committee. If you’re interested, please discuss the possibility of a detail with your PI and ensure that you can be temporarily spared from your other assignments. Then send an e-mail and your CV to Jennifer Sutton, Extramural Program Policy and Evaluation Officer, at

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