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NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program

The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. The program includes a variety of scientific and career enrichment activities.

Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1100 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Phoenix, AZ; and Detroit, MI.

Program participants must intend to apply to graduate or professional school during their tenure at the NIH. 

Last updated October 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • Maryland, North Carolina, Montana, Massachusetts, Arizona, Michigan

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Research


  • US Citizen/National
  • US Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • One year
  • Multi-year

Degree Level:

  • Post UG