In 1986 the NIH Scientific Directors (SDs) established the Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship Program. The program is designed to provide advanced training and practical research experience to investigators early in their professional research careers.

The NIH Postdoctoral IRTA Program provides advanced training and research experience to physicians and Ph.D.-level investigators who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers. Participants will engage in research studies under the direction of preceptors, and will apply their newly-gained knowledge and enhance their research skills through participation in on-going research investigations.

Postdoctoral Fellows receive training and engage in experimental activities in a variety of laboratory and clinically-related disciplines. They may not engage in primary patient care activities. Physicians who meet the programmatic and qualification requirements should be considered for appointment as Clinical Fellows.


Click here for detailed information on the IRTA program and for 2003 stipend information:

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updated 12/8/2003

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