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Questions frequently asked by applicants to the NGSRC

Is there anything new about the NCSRC for 2012? 
Yes.  In 2012, the NGSRC will be held in conjuction with the NIH Research Festival.  This will allow Conference participants direct access to presentations covering the most exciting current research being conducted in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

How can I find out about NIH investigators who are doing research in areas that interest me?
Two good sources of information on the NIH Intramural Research Program and its investigators are the NIH Intramural Research Sourcebook and the NIH Intramural Database. The former contains links to all the individual NIH Institute/Center intramural programs, while the latter contains the Annual Reports submitted by individual NIH research groups, which can be searched for topics that interest you.

Additionally, there are a number of Scientific Interest Groups that are composed of NIH scientists working in common research areas.  The information on their Web sites may help you find information on potential projects and investigators.

Current postdoctoral openings at the NIH are posted on the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education Web site.  NIH investigators will also be posting postdoctoral positions expecially for NGSRC participants on the National Graduate Student Research Conference page.  You can contact investigators directly to inquire about potential postdoctoral positions.

Why do I need to find information on NIH investigators? 
As part of your application to participate in the Conference, you will be asked to supply the names of two NIH investigators with whom you might be interested in working.  In addition, a major function of the Conference itself is to allow NIH investigators to interview potential postdocs and vice versa.  You will  need to identify investigators of interest so that you can set up your interviews.

NOTE:  you will need to take the initiative to set up all of your interviews prior to coming to the NIH.  Identifying an NIH investigator as a "person of interest" in your application will NOT result in an appointment being made for you.

Who covers the costs of travel and lodging for the National Graduate Student Research Conference?
The NIH provides a travel award that covers the costs of air fare and hotel.  Attendees are also provided a modest stipend to cover meals, travel to and from the airport, and other incidentals.

Conference attendees will be assigned to double occupancy rooms in the conference hotel.  If you do not wish to share a room, you will be responsible for the other half of the room cost.

What is the deadline for receipt of reference letters? 
Reference letters are due by June 22, 2012.  Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your letters are submitted.  Applications without letters will not be reviewed.

I am an international graduate student, what kind of visa does the NIH sponsor for postdoctoral fellows?
International postdoctoral fellows are typically supported on J-1 visas.

When will I be notified whether I have been selected to attend the 2012 National Graduate Student Research Conference? You will be notified by mid-August.

What are the best ways to get to the NIH?  What should I know before visiting campus?
Information on visiting the NIH campus can be found here on the NIH Web site.  You will receive comprehensive logistics information from our contractor once your travel arrangements have been made.

Read more about postdoctoral training at the NIH.