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PRAT Program Announcement
Current Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Fellows
PRAT Advisory Committee
NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program 50th Anniversary Scientific SymposiumNovember 6, 2015
PRAT-Related Articles and Reports
The NIGMS PRAT Program is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that provides high quality research training in the basic biomedical sciences in
NIH intramural research laboratories. The program prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers through mentored laboratory research, networking, and intensive career and leadership development activities.
The program places special emphasis on training fellows in all areas that are within the
NIGMS mission, including but not limited to biological chemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, cellular and molecular biology, computational biosciences, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, and technology development. The PRAT program includes professional development activities tailored to the PRAT fellows, such as a monthly seminar series featuring presentations by current PRAT fellows and outside speakers whom the fellows have invited, and training sessions focused on grant-writing, career planning, communications skills, and leadership skills.
PRAT fellows receive three years of stipend support (at competitive levels commensurate with experience and recognition of program selection), benefits and a travel allowance, and will participate in PRAT Program activities. Please see examples of research the PRAT fellows conduct:
To be eligible applicants must:
The PRAT program is especially interested in ensuring the applicant pool reflects the diversity of the biomedical Ph.D. talent pool, and strongly encourages applications from scientists from
groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
NOTE: In order to be approved for logical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85 [PDF, 204KB]). NOTE: Section 14 of the form asks “In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?” The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.
Fellows pursue independent, mentored research under the guidance of
one or more tenured or tenure-track NIH investigators. Applicants must identify and communicate with a potential preceptor before applying to PRAT to develop a research proposal as part of the fellowship application. Eligible preceptors and descriptions of their research can be found at the
NIH Intramural Research Program website. Preceptors also can be found by searching the
NIH Intramural Database either by keywords or by name of a specific investigator.
Note: Each preceptor may be the primary sponsor on only one PRAT application in the same review cycle but may co-sponsor additional applications.
Suggested Timeline for Application to the PRAT Program
Applicants to the NIGMS PRAT program must apply through the NIH Fi2 funding mechanism -
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-286.html. The NIH Fi2 application is similar to the application for the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32) individual postdoctoral fellowship.
For more information about PRAT, including eligibility requirements, see the
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, May 21, 2019 (PAR-19-286), or contact
Dr. Desirée Salazar.
PRAT Program Overview and Application Process Webinar and
Slides [PDF], June 22, 2021
PRAT Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Group Photo of PRAT Fellows with NIGMS Director Dr. Jon Lorsch, and PRAT Program Directors Dr. Kenneth Gibbs and Dr. Mercedes Rubio, June 2019
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