INRO is an extraordinary opportunity for talented medical students, doctoral students, and undergraduate senior level students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Students selected spend four days at NIAID with some of the Institute's premiere researchers. The all expenses paid visit to NIAID will take place February 4–7, 2019, on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Applications for INRO are open September 1 – October 15.
What happens during the 4-day INRO program?
Join our diverse community of students from populations underrepresented in science for a 4-day visit to our research facility in Bethesda, Maryland, to
- Learn about our global health research from NIAID premiere scientists
- Interview with potential mentors
- Meet trainees currently doing research in NIAID laboratories
Each year, we choose a theme that emphasizes a specific research focus or group of scientists within NIAID. View past years' INRO agendas to glimpse the typical day at INRO:
- 2018 "International Research"
- 2017 "The Zika Challenge – NIAID’s Response"
- 2016 “Collaborative Research: Collective Success”
What training programs will I learn about at INRO?
The INRO program seeks students from diverse backgrounds interested in conducting research in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases. Only those students actively pursuing a research training position at NIAID will be selected. At INRO, you will learn about the many training opportunities available to you.
Doctoral candidates seeking research training.
- Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training: Researchers spend a minimum of two to three years of research in an NIAID lab to train in the basic, translational, or clinical sciences. Learn all you can about NIAID laboratories and investigators to determine which lab is conducting research in your area of interest. Invest time in finding the right mentor and research fit for you.
Medical Student Training
Medical students seeking research training during a gap year.
- Year-Off Training Program for Medical Students: These programs are designed to provide research training at NIAID for students who are enrolled in graduate or medical degree programs and have permission from their institutions to interrupt their current education, with the understanding that they will return to their degree-granting institutions after one year.
- Medical Research Scholars Program: Medical students spend a year engaged in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their interests and goals. Students participate in hands-on research across the biomedical research continuum, from bench to bedside.
Undergraduate seniors seeking training opportunities before graduate or medical school.
- Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training: Recent college graduates will spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at an NIAID research laboratory. In addition, during their tenure in the program, post-baccalaureate fellows also are expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school. Fellowship can be extended for an additional year, provided the performance of the trainee is satisfactory and continued support by the laboratory is available.
- Graduate Partnerships Program: Students spend their first year at the university while taking graduate-level courses. In the second year, students move partially or completely to the NIH campus for their research and continue in higher-level graduate courses. The following years are dedicated completely to research. Affiliation with the home university is maintained throughout the graduate program experience.
- Summer Internship Program: Successful applicants will join an NIAID research laboratory for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks between late May and August.
INRO is intended to support students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences interested in pursuing a research career in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases. If your interests lie outside the biomedical research areas of NIAID, NIH offers a number of other training programs for which you may be eligible. For information on all NIH training programs, please visit Research and Training Opportunities.
Participation in INRO does not guarantee a training position at NIAID. Every effort will be made to identify laboratories within NIAID that would be a good match for INRO participants.
Responsibilities of an INRO-Sponsored Research Trainee
As an INRO trainee, the Office of Training and Diversity (OTD) ensures that you receive rigorous research training in the laboratory, complemented by career and professional mentoring and skills development to ensure your competitiveness in the field of biomedical research. As a trainee, you will
- Participate in an entrance interview with the OTD associate director upon arrival
- Develop an individual development plan
- Participate in monthly brown bag lunch seminars
- Participate in an exit interview with the OTD associate director upon departure
- Participate in the subsequent year's 4-day INRO program as a trainee mentor
Which universities have INRO participants come from?
District of Columbia
This program offered by the Office of Training and Diversity, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.