Transition Program in Clinical Research

The Transition Program in Clinical Research provides opportunities for physicians to gain clinical and translational research experience in association with a Division of Intramural Research (DIR) laboratory. NIAID conducts a national search to identify participants for this program. Participants are appointed as assistant clinical investigators. Applicants must have an M.D. or an M.D./Ph.D.; be board-eligible or board-certified in a subspecialty (or equivalent); and qualify for credentialing from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Candidates may choose the laboratory in which they will carry out their program, contingent upon approval from the lab chief and the DIR director. Appointments are for three to five years; accepted participants will be reviewed throughout their appointments by a committee composed of DIR senior investigators with clinical research interests. Participants also will be paired with a senior clinical investigator who will serve as a mentor.

How To Apply

The application package must include a curriculum vitae/bibliography, three letters of reference with at least one being from a referee outside NIH and cannot come from current mentor/supervisor sent directly from the referee to NIAID, a two-page research proposal, and a letter of support from the accepting NIAID lab chief. Submit application materials to: Ms. Amy Collins at

For questions about the program, contact Steve Holland, M.D.​

Competitive candidates will be asked to present their research accomplishments and plans to the search committee.

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