About Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities

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:

Anthony Fauci, M.D.
Credit: NIAID

Anthony Fauci, M.D.

Video: Dr. Fauci's talk on "Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge to Global Health"

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.

Postdoctoral Training

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.

Predoctoral Training

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?

Tuskegee University: University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Alaska, Anchorage
University of Alaska, Southeast

Arizona State University West
Arizona State University
University of Arizona

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
University of Arkansas Fayetteville

California State University
Mount Saint Mary's College
Occidental College
Sacramento City College
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz

Colorado College
Fort Lewis College
Colorado State University
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Yale University

District of Columbia
American University
Howard University
University of District of Columbia

Bethune-Cookman College
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
University of Central Florida
Florida International University
University of Miami
University of South Florida

Clark Atlanta University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mercer University
Morehouse School of Medicine
State University of West Georgia
University of Georgia
University of West Georgia
Wesleyan College

Hawaii Pacific University
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Lewis-Clark State College

Northwestern University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago

Purdue University
University of Notre Dame

Cornell College
Grinnell College
University of Iowa

University of Kentucky

Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge
Tulane University

Coppin State University
Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Morgan State University
Towson University
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Amherst College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Northeastern University
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Massachusetts Medical School at Worcester
Tufts University

Grand Valley State University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Carleton College

Tougaloo College

Saint Louis University
Washington University

Carroll College

New Hampshire
Dartmouth College

New Jersey
Princeton University
Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

New Mexico
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico State University
Northern New Mexico College
University of New Mexico

New York
Adelphi University
City College of New York
Columbia University
New York University
Syracuse University
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
University of Rochester

North Carolina
Duke University
Duke University School of Medicine
North Carolina Central University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Western Carolina University

North Dakota
University of Norh Dakota

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Ohio State University

Langston University

Oregon Institute of Technology
Reed College

Carnegie Mellon
Penn State University
Temple University
Thomas Jefferson University

Puerto Rico
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Ponce School of Medicine
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Universidad Central del Caribe
Universidad Del Este
Universidad Metropolitana
University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Rhode Island
Brown University

South Carolina
Benedict College
Claflin University
University of South Carolina

Meharry Medical College
Middle Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University
Vanderbilt University

Sam Houston State University
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
University of Texas Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Graduate School of Biomedical Science
University of Texas at San Antonio

Westminster College

Easter Virginia Medical School
Hampton University
Marymount University
Saint Paul's College
University of Virginia
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Virgin Islands
University of the Virgin Islands

University of Washington
Washington State University Pullman

University of Wisconsin Medical School

University of Wyoming

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.​​

Content last reviewed on August 7, 2018