INRO is intended for medical and science students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research, financially disadvantaged backgrounds, or those with disabilities. All applicants should be interested in a research career in allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases. Applicants are chosen through a highly competitive evaluation process.
Who is eligible?
Note: Preference is given to students with a grade point average of 3.5 or above in science course work.
Note: Proof of citizenship or residency may be requested.
Who are the underrepresented populations?
The following populations are considered to be underrepresented in biomedical research:
What is considered a financially disadvantaged background?
An individual from a disadvantaged background is one who comes from a family with an annual income below a level published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and adjusted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, for use in all health professions' programs.
What is required as proof of income?
Applicants claiming a financially disadvantaged background must provide copies of their most recent federal tax returns for themselves, their parents (if a dependent), and/or their spouse (if applicable) and must be of "exceptional financial need (EFN)," as defined by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 77, April 22, 2014 (PDF). Income levels are updated annually.
Income Levels to Qualify for Financially Disadvantaged Background
What if I don’t think I fit one of the eligibility criteria, are there other training programs for me at NIAID
NIAID and NIH have a variety of programs to fit the needs of students of all levels. For information on NIAID-specific programs, visit Training in NIAID Labs, or check out all of NIH's training programs.
NIAID does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Last Updated May 26, 2015