NBBTP/IRTA Fellowship Master’s Degree Candidate Application

Master’s Degree Candidate Application

First, please print or save this page of instructions. There are some instructions required that are specific to the NBBTP/IRTA and differ slightly from the application form.

Although this page is entitled “Postbaccalaureate IRTA Program,” it includes Master’s degree candidates.

Go to the NIH Postbaccalaureate IRTA Program Application Center and follow the instructions. You will be required to create a new account if you have not already created one.

Application Manager

The numbers and titles below correspond to the application fields.

Application Tips

6. The NBBTP has an application deadline of COB 6/6/2022 for the Program start date of 10/31/2022.

Eligibility Criteria

The Program Eligibility criteria in the NBBTP/IRTA website supersedes the Eligibility Criteria in these application pages.

2. Academic Information
“Education Plans” is not required.

3. Coursework and Grades
Cumulative undergraduate coursework is not necessary. Coursework for the current degree sought is sufficient.

An official transcript of the highest degree sought may be requested. An official transcript will be required to be received prior to the Program start date.

5. References
Three references are required. At least one academic and one professional reference is required. Personal references are not accepted.

The system will generate the reference requests automatically, so make sure the email addresses are accurate. Alert your references to expect to receive an email request to ensure prompt receipt of their response.

6. Research Interest Keywords
Please include as the first keyword: NBBTP. Also include words like “biosafety” and “biosecurity.”

7. Cover Letter
Please replace the instructions with the following:

Please provide an essay as follows:

Biosafety professionals are key players in fostering a culture of safety and strong research compliance and integrity within the scientific community. Sometimes this role can be challenging as some do not always view the safety professional as a partner. Safety professionals typically have a reason for what draws them to safety as a profession. Please describe in no more than 500 words what draws you to the biosafety field, how you think a successful partnership with stakeholders is cultivated, and what that success looks like in practice? (Limit to 500 words/3,075 characters)

8. Training Locations
Select Bethesda, MD (main NIH campus) only.


Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. Forward that confirmation email to NBBTP@nih.gov immediately so that your application can be secured and begin processing. Include in your reference “NBBTP Application.”

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