Training - The Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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Stephen J. Heishman, Ph.D. - Director for Education & Training

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Mentoring Plan Forms

The following download contains documents and forms to be filled out for mentors and fellows:

IRP- [66KB]

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Annual Progress - Fellow Form

Annual Progress - Mentor Form

Annual Progress Summary

Individual Development Plan

Mentoring Plan

NIDA IRP Education and Training Opportunities

Training programs at the NIDA Intramural Research Program are designed to train the next generation of leaders in basic and clinical drug abuse research. The areas of intramural research at NIDA range from basic molecular and cellular mechanisms of drug action through animal models of addiction to human laboratory and treatment research.

NIDA provides research training opportunities for students at all levels of education. There are specific programs for high school, undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, medical, and postdoctoral students. General information about the NIH research and training programs can be found here: Specific information about each training program can be found here:

NIDA is committed to increasing the participation of underrepresented populations in basic and clinical drug abuse research.

Summer Research

Each summer, NIDA hosts 50-60 students who are in high school, college, and graduate or medical school. Each student works with a NIDA scientist for 8-10 weeks on a research project.
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Postbaccalaureate Research

The NIH Postbaccalaureate program provides an opportunity for college graduates to spend 1-2 years engaged in drug abuse research at NIDA.
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Predoctoral Research

Graduate students working on a Ph.D. degree at a partner university can do some or all of their research at NIDA through the NIH Graduate Partnership Program.
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Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral training at NIDA is designed to prepare recent Ph.D. or M.D. graduates for careers in academia, government, or industry.
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Training for International Students/Researchers

The NIDA International Program offers several training opportunities for predoctoral and postdoctoral students and mid-career and senior scientists.
>>> Read more (off-site link).

Where Are They Now?

Postbaccalaureate trainees at NIDA have been accepted into graduate and medical schools, and postdoctoral fellows have obtained positions in academia, government, and industry.
>>> Read more.

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