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NIGMS Research Training Opportunities

NIGMS Research Training Opportunities for Students Flyer [PDF 1.3KB]

Photos of four students in different scientific settings.

Interested in a Research Career?

  • Solve challenging problems
  • Make new discoveries
  • Work with interesting people
  • Fight disease
  • Help people stay healthy
  • Be creative
  • Use high-tech tools
  • Answer important questions
  • Invest in your future

We Can Help!

Prepare for a career in the biomedical sciences with help from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

We give grants to colleges and universities to prepare students for Ph.D. programs and to support their graduate research training.

Apply to a school that has one of our programs and if accepted, you could get tuition, a stipend and other funds for your educational expenses.

Prepare for Graduate School and Beyond

We offer research development programs that help students, including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, prepare for Ph.D. programs. Underrepresented groups currently include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands and individuals with disabilities. For undergraduate students, financial disadvantages may also be considered.

We also support more than 270 programs across the country that provide and enhance graduate training in the research areas below.

Community College


Develop Your Career

We offer postdoctoral fellowships as well as career development awards to prepare postdoctoral trainees for research and teaching positions (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award, K12), help jump-start academic careers (Pathway to Independence, K99/R00) and mentor clinical and other scientists working in selected areas (K08, K23, K25).

Our Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program increases the research capabilities of institutions and the research competitiveness of faculty in states that historically have not received significant levels of research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Our SCORE program enhances the research capacity of faculty at institutions that have a historical mission focused on serving students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

More Info

See a list of institutions with our training programs and contacts for those programs.

See overview information about our training programs.

For general questions about these programs, contact Dr. Alison Gammie or 301-594-3900.

NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health that supports basic research to increase our understanding of biological processes and lay the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. For more information on the Institute's research and training programs, see

Content updated November 2013​

This page last reviewed on September 20, 2017