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IRP Training Opportunities

NIA Intramural Research Program offers excellent training opportunities in laboratory and clinical medicine and is committed to training basic and clinical researchers in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Read about the IRP Training Office

NIA Summer Internship Program

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) offers a unique opportunity for high school, college and graduate and medical students to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, students receive hands-on experience. Summer internships generally last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in mid-to-late August. Students attend weekly seminars presented by NIA scientists and at the conclusion of the summer program, students present their data developed from their research project at the NIA Summer Student Poster Day.  Get detailed information about the Summer Internship Program.

NIA Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program (DARPP)

The Training Office, within the Office of the Scientific Director, has developed a pilot program to enhance diversity within the NIA intramural research program and eventually within the biomedical research workforce. The Diversity in Aging Research Pipeline Program (DARPP), is a multi-entry pipeline program to develop and expose underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students to aging research. We believe that this unique learning experience is for students who will soon evolve into our next generation of aging researchers. 

NIA Shock Academy for Introduction to Laboratory Skills (SAILS) Camp

Are you interested in science? Anxiously waiting for your first research experience? Would you like to get your feet wet doing research in a laboratory? If you are in 9th through 11th grade, we invite you to apply to NIA SAILS Camp. SAILS is a three-day camp to help you develop the skills you need to be successful in science. Review SAILS program details and complete the application.

Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship Program

The Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship Program provides advanced training and research experience to physician and Ph.D. level investigators who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers. Participants engage in research studies under the direction of a senior NIA investigator who serves as supervisor during the appointment period. A postdoctoral IRTA fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have five years or less of relevant postdoctoral research experience. Initial IRTA commitments are made for two years with appointments made in one-year increments which may be renewed. NIH Office of Education Online Application

Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship Program

This program is for recent college graduates who want to explore career options in science and medicine by conducting biomedical research at the NIA.  Fellows have access to leaders at the cutting edge of aging research, the most up-to-date equipment, and well-respected investigators.


  • Must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident
  • Received a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university within the last two years

Initial IRTA commitments are made for one year. One year extension possible based on performance review and support availability. Learn more about the IRTA Fellowship Program. To apply, visit the NIH Training Office webpage.  

Visiting Fellowship Program

Visiting Fellowships are awarded to foreign (non-U.S.) scientists to support advanced postdoctoral research and training in NIA's IRP laboratories. Visiting Fellows must have a doctoral or equivalent degree in the sciences and five years or less of relevant postdoctoral research experience. For more information about this program, visit The Fogarty International Center website.

Earl Stadtman Investigator Program

The National Institutes of Health has announced its seventh annual call for “NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators,” a broad recruitment of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor equivalent) for the NIH intramural research program. Come join the team whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A fantastic array of scientists already has been hired through the “Stadtman” recruitment in the last seven years. Learn more about the Earl Stadtman Investigator program. Current Stadtman Investigators at NIA IRP include Isabel Beerman and Myong-Hee Sung.