Rocky Mountain Laboratories-Bethesda Fellowship Program

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Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Montana

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The Rocky Mountain Laboratories-Bethesda Postdoctoral Fellowship (RML-Bethesda) Program is a collaborative partnership between NIAID laboratories located in Montana (RML) and Maryland (Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick). This program fosters scientific exchange and collaboration between NIAID laboratories in different (geographic) locations while offering a unique postdoctoral training environment. Each fellow has two mentors, one in Montana and one in Maryland, and divides their time between the two labs while working on a collaborative research project. Travel expenses are covered centrally.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must

  • Have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or equivalent graduate degree)
  • Have completed most recent doctoral degree within the past five years
  • Have less than five years of relevant research experience since award of most recent doctoral degree
  • Be a current NIAID postdoctoral fellow or currently applying for NIAID postdoctoral positions

Note: Available appointments may differ based on citizenship and postdoctoral experience.

Find more information about postdoctoral training opportunities from the NIH Office of Training and Education (OITE)

How To Apply

NIH campus, Maryland 

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Applications are accepted in March and April and are submitted to Dr. Karyl Barron, Division of Intramural Research Deputy Director.

Applications must include

  • Proposal (3–5 pages)
    • Scientific proposal
    • Travel plan
    • Clear outline of the involvement of each mentor/laboratory
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) from candidate and each mentor
  • Letter of support from each mentor

Note: Candidates may be invited to give an oral presentation to the admission committee.

NIAID Maryland and RML

The RML-Bethesda program was created to take advantage of the unique resources at both RML in Hamilton, Montana, and the main NIH facilities in Maryland, by allowing fellows to have two mentors within NIAID. With more than 2,000 miles separating the two campuses, trainees have the chance to experience two different research environments, with complementary research focuses. During their three year research project, postdocs will divide their time between the two labs for a fully collaborative research project. This dual-mentored, collaborative structure allows trainees to explore new ideas by leveraging the expertise in different areas of allergic, immunologic, and infectious diseases. 

NIAID Now Blog Post: Maryland to Montana: Fellows Have Innovative Research Opportunity

Content last reviewed on February 8, 2019