NIDDK Distinguished Postbac Scholars Program at the NIH
The NIDDK Distinguished Postbaccalaureate Scholars Program is a full-time 1-2 year paid fellowship for recent college graduates* interested in advancing hands-on skills in biomedical research in basic research and diseases relevant to the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission. The Program strongly encourages the participation of individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, including those from underrepresented populations, and is aligned with NIDDK’s inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and civility efforts. Benefits include
Over 90 NIDDK IRP Principal Investigators lead research teams exploring basic biological processes as well as clinical research on diabetes, digestive diseases, endocrine and metabolic disorders, hematologic, kidney and liver diseases, nutrition and obesity that all disproportionately burden underserved communities. A list of investigators participating this year can be found here: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/research-funding/at-niddk/training-employment/postbaccalaureate/distinguished-scholars-program-faq#participatingmentors
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- *Completed a bachelor’s degree by start of postbaccalaureate fellowship or have obtained a B.A. or B.S. within three years prior to fellowship start date. Individuals who are more than three years past the receipt of their bachelor's degree but received a master's degree less than SIX MONTHS before they begin the program can apply to the program.
- Must plan on applying to graduate/professional school if not already accepted
- Students interested in clinical and basic research science such as: biophysics, molecular and cell biology, genome, modeling, diabetes, digestive diseases, nutrition, obesity, neuroscience, kidney diseases and other topics.
PROGRAM BENEFITS FOR FELLOWS
- Fellowship stipend with health insurance provided by NIDDK. https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_irta_stipend_levels
- Cohort support system, Principal Investigator (PI) support and secondary mentoring network
- Access to NIH resources including NIH Library, research core facilities, Scientific Interest Groups
- Professional development opportunities including workshops, webinars and academic classes
- Attendance at one national scientific conference
- One-on-one Medical and Graduate School application coaching.
- 40 hours a week- Monday through Friday
- Tentative Start Date July 1, 2023
- Stipend for fellowship/internship can found here https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_irta_stipend_levels
Candidates must submit an online application to the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta
In addition, your CV along with a Diversity Statement (300 words or less) must be e-mailed to Ms. Lorraine Moore in the NIDDK Fellowship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The NIH community strives to create a supportive, diverse, and inclusive environment, which is critical to achieving excellence in biomedical research. Your Diversity Statement should:  define broadly your understanding of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) issues in academia;  describe your general philosophy and approach to promoting DEIA in the STEM fields;  describe one DEIA initiative you were involved in within the past two years.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
Applications open Oct. 01, 2022 and completed applications (including three letters of recommendation) must be received by 5pm EST, Jan. 6, 2023. After initial screening, semi-finalists will be invited to a virtual interview. Finalists selected by a panel of senior NIDDK scientists will be notified in late January 2023. Questions? Contact Ms. Moore.