Application Procedure for the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship

Program Eligibility

Ensure that you meet the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP)/Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship eligibility criteria before you begin the application process.

How to Apply

The application for the NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship includes filling out the application as well as gathering references and transcripts.

Application Deadline

Applications and deadlines for the class of Fellowships beginning no later than January 4, 2023 are in process. To receive real-time updates when applications are open, subscribe to National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program GovDelivery email updates.

Applicant Check List

Your Completed NBBTP application package must include:

  • Fellowship Application 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three Applicant Reference Forms submitted directly from the person providing the reference to
  • Official transcript from institution of highest degree sent directly from the issuing institution to:


    First Class Mail:
    NBBTP Program Office, DOHS
    Building 13, Room 3K04
    13 South Drive, MSC 5760
    Bethesda, MD 20892

Application Review Process

During the NBBTP application review process, the NBBTP Selection Committee rates and ranks NBBTP applicants using a three-phase, structured assessment process. The first phase is based on the completed application, references, essay, official transcripts and optional supplemental material. After this initial review process, advancing applicants are invited to phone-interview with members of the Selection Committee. Upon successful completion of the phone interview, finalists are invited to participate in two days of onsite interviews at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Travel expenses are reimbursed by NBBTP/IRTA. Fellowship offers are conditional, pending verification of authenticity of application materials, official transcripts, and the applicant's ability to meet federal guidelines for working with select agents.

Privacy Act Notification Statement

Records must be maintained in accordance with Privacy Act System Notice: 09-25-0158-Administration: Records of Applicants and Awardees of the NIH IRTA Program, HHS/NIH/OD/OIR/OE.

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