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Research Training and Career Development in NIDCD Laboratories (Intramural)

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High School and Undergraduate (College) Research Opportunities

View the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education website and visual guide to learn about training programs across NIH that are available for high school and college students. Find out how to apply for high school summer internships, the Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP), the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (CSOAR) program, the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP), the general Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (for college students and above), and more.

If you are interested in research on communication disorders, learn more about labs in the NIDCD Intramural Research Program on the NIDCD Intramural Research Program page and the Scientific Faculty page. After submitting your application through the central NIH application portal, contact principal investigators (PIs) directly to inquire about training opportunities in specific laboratories.

Programs with a diversity focus: While all programs welcome a broad and diverse field of candidates, programs with a diversity focus include the High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP), the Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP), the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research (C-SOAR) program, and the Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP).

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Postbaccalaureate (Post-College) Research Opportunities

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) program is among the most popular training programs at the NIH. See the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education website and visual guide to learn about how to apply for this program available to college graduates (those with a bachelor’s degree).

To learn more about labs in the NIDCD Intramural Research Program, visit the NIDCD Intramural Research Program page and the Scientific Faculty page. After submitting your application through the central NIH application portal, contact principal investigators (PIs) directly to inquire about training opportunities in specific laboratories.

Program with a diversity focus: While all programs welcome a broad and diverse field of candidates, the NIH Academy on Health Disparities has a diversity focus.

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Graduate/Predoctoral Research Opportunities

Through the NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, graduate students may perform their dissertation research in an NIDCD intramural laboratory, as well as the NIDCD Audiology Unit, while enrolled in any university in the world.

Predoctoral (graduate student) training opportunities are also available through specific partnership programs with the University of Maryland and Howard University.

To learn more about labs in the NIDCD Intramural Research Program, visit the NIDCD Intramural Research Program page and the Scientific Faculty page. Contact principal investigators (PIs) directly to inquire about training opportunities in specific laboratories.

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Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

The NIH is home to more than 3,000 postdoctoral fellows, creating a rich environment for research collaboration and career development. Postdoctoral training opportunities with federal funding are available across the NIDCD.

The NIDCD Robert Wenthold Postdoctoral Research Fellowship also provides funding, along with additional resources and an opportunity for cross-disciplinary training, with the goal of fostering independent research careers in the fields of deafness and other communication disorders.

To learn more about labs in the NIDCD Intramural Research Program, visit the NIDCD Intramural Research Program page and the Scientific Faculty page. Interested trainees should contact principal investigators (PIs) directly to inquire about postdoctoral opportunities in specific laboratories.

Programs with a diversity focus: While all programs welcome a broad and diverse field of candidates, programs with a diversity focus include the Robert Wenthold Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, as well as the K99/R00 MOSAIC Award: Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity and the NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program. Some of these funding opportunities may be but are not required to be pursued before a postdoctoral trainee joins an intramural laboratory.

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Research Opportunities for Early-Career Investigators

The NIDCD Otolaryngology Surgeon-Scientist Program is a junior faculty career development program that enables the candidate to design and implement a plan integrating basic scientific and clinical research.

The NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional) supports research activities during the early careers of independent clinical researchers by offering a unique bridge between NIH intramural (on-campus) and extramural (off-campus) research.

Programs with a diversity focus: While all programs welcome a broad and diverse field of candidates, programs with a diversity focus include the Independent Research Scholar Program and the NIH Distinguished Scholars Program.

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Other Training and Employment Programs

Project SEARCH is a diversity-focused program that provides education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The NIH, including the Clinical Center, offers a 30-week internship in collaboration with Project SEARCH. 

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