How Applicants Are Selected, Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO)

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Up to 20 outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and medical students will be selected to participate in INRO. Qualified applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of NIAID scientists.

How are participants selected?

The selection committee, consisting of NIAID scientists, will evaluate applicants on the following basis:

  • Cover letter indicating career goals and how your specific interests relate to NIAID’s mission
  • Demonstration of commitment to a career in biomedical research
  • Achievements, such as prior participation in laboratory research, extracurricular science activities, or other activities deemed relevant
  • Two letters of reference (applications lacking the two letters of reference will not be considered)
  • Academic achievements and grade point average.

If I have been selected, what should I do?

The deadline for applying is October 15, at midnight Eastern Time. You will be notified by email of your selection status in early December. Upon acceptance to the program, students will receive a detailed letter outlining the following commitment requirements for the program:

  • Complete and submit commitment paperwork provided with your acceptance letter.
  • Submit an official transcript.
  • Submit a faculty release form.
  • For graduate and medical students, provide a letter from the registrar stating that you are a student in good standing
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be asked to provide a copy of your birth certificate, passport, and/or alien registration card once you are selected for a position
  • If you are financially disadvantaged, you will be asked to provide copies of your most recent federal tax returns for yourself, your parents (if a dependent), and/or your spouse (if applicable) and must be of "exceptional financial need (EFN)," as defined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIAID does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Content last reviewed on August 24, 2017