Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities [INRO] Program

Website: National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


INRO is an extraordinary opportunity for talented medical students, doctoral students, and undergraduate senior level students from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Students selected spend four days at NIAID with some of the Institute's premiere researchers. The all expenses paid visit to NIAID will take place February 4–7, 2019, on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Applications for INRO are open September 1 – October 15.

The INRO program seeks students interested in conducting research in allergy, immunology, or infectious diseases. Only those students actively pursuing a research training position at NIAID will be selected. At INRO, you will learn about the many training opportunities available to you, including the following:

  • Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training
    Researchers spend a minimum of 2 to 3 years of research in one of the NIAID labs to train in the basic, translational, or clinical sciences. Learn all you can about NIAID laboratories and investigators to determine which lab is conducting research in your area of interest. Invest time in finding the right mentor and research fit for you.
  • Graduate Partnerships Program
    Students spend their first year at the university while taking graduate-level courses. In the second year, students move partially or completely to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus for their research and continue in higher-level graduate courses. The following years are dedicated completely to research. Affiliation with the home university is maintained throughout the graduate program experience.
  • Year-Off Training Program for Graduate and Medical Students
    These programs are designed to provide research training at NIAID for students who are enrolled in graduate or medical degree programs and have permission from their institution to interrupt their current education, with the understanding that they will return to their degree-granting institution after one year.
  • Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training
    Recent college graduates will spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at one of NIAID's research laboratories. In addition, during their tenure in the program, post-baccalaureate fellows also are expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school. Fellowship can be extended for an additional year, provided the performance of the trainee is satisfactory and continued support by the laboratory is available.
  • Summer Internship Program
    Successful applicants will join one of NIAID's research laboratories for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks between late May and August. Some flexibility in scheduling exists to accommodate individual student needs.
  • Eligibility

    • Graduating senior (undergraduate or master’s program) or have recently completed an undergraduate or master’s degree.
    • GPA of 3.2 or higher and in good academic standing
    • Available for a one-year postbac fellowship in NIAID that begins on June 14, 2021
    • A second year may be completed based on satisfactory progress, position availability, and funding.
    • United States citizen or permanent resident

    Note: There are two required components for INRO consideration: 1) OITE application and 2) INRO supplementary questionnaire. See "Application Information" for more details.

Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  1. Access the online application form and print out a copy to prepare your entries prior to conducting the online process.
    • There is no time limit for completing the online application.
  2. Choose two people who know you well and ask them to write references on your behalf.
    •  INRO will send an electronic request on your behalf to the persons indicated when your application is submitted.
  3. Complete all online entries fully and accurately.
    • Note all required fields.
  4. Ensure accurate contact information, including vacation addresses.
  5.  Use the Print Preview button to review all information before submitting the application.
    • Proofread the application thoroughly for accuracy and completeness.
    • Make any additions and corrections at this point. Your application cannot be revised after it is submitted.
  6. Press the Submit button.
    • When prompted, print your application for your records.
  7. You will receive an automated email notifying you of receipt of your application. If you fail to receive this email, contact the INRO Program Coordinator.
  8. Follow up with your references to ensure their prompt submission. Applications lacking the two letters of reference will not be considered.
  9. Return to the INRO Online Application to check the status of your reference letters.
Contact Information
Wendy J. Fibison, Ph.D. Associate Director Office of Training and Special Emphasis Programs Division of Intramural Research National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health 8 West Drive, Qtrs. 15B-1, MSC 2667 Bethesda, MD 20892-0230 Telephone: 301-496-2638 E-mail: