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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Graduate Partnerships Program


NIH Deadline: varies depending on program; see website for details

Important Notes: Full-time PhD students currently in enrolled in other university programs may develop an individual agreement with an NIH representative to do all or part of their dissertation research at NIH. Students in individual agreements are provided with a stipend and medical insurance by their NIH mentor. To initiate an individual agreement see website for details.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have an undergraduate degree and plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, and must meet the admission deadlines established by each program. Students submitting an application may select up to five National University Partnerships and up to three International University Partnerships.

Description: The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Through university partnerships the NIH strengthens and expands its role as a provider of excellent training for the biomedical scientists of the future. Participants are provided with a stipend, medical insurance, and tuition as appropriate.

Students of the Partnership Program will do a laboratory rotation at NIH the summer before they begin classes. They will spend their first year completing summer courses and doing lab rotations. By the beginning of the second year students will choose a research mentor. Participants then develop a project with their mentor from NIH at their home institution. Partnership students complete the qualifying exam, dissertation proposals, and dissertation research at their home university. The partnerships with Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and the Karolinska Institute are slightly different, following the European model with few coursework requirements.

National University Partnerships:
Bioinformatics - Boston University
Biomedical Sciences - George Washington University
Biomedical Sciences - Georgetown University
Biophysics - University of Maryland, College Park
Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology & Biophysics - Johns Hopkins University
Cell Motility & Cytoskeleton - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hearing & Speech Science - University of Maryland, College Park
Immunology - University of Pennsylvania
Molecular Basis for Infectious Diseases - NIAID/RML & University of Montana
Neuroscience - Brown University
Structural Biology - New York University

Partnerships for Students with Veterinary or Nursing Degrees:
Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency & Comparative Medicine Masters - Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
Molecular Pathology - NCI & NCSU/MSU/UIUC/UMD
Nursing & Biobehavioral Research - NINR & JHU / OHSU / UCSF / UofI / UPitt / UofU

International University Partnerships:
Biomedical Sciences - University of Oxford (England)
Health Sciences - University of Cambridge (England)
Neuroscience - Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Send applications to: please see website listed above for details; do not send applications to the Office of Special Scholarship Programs


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