SAVE the DATE! It’s the Tenth Annual NICHD Fellows Retreat, April 21st
The Tenth Annual Meeting for Postdoctoral, Clinical, and Visiting Fellows and Graduate Students is quickly approaching! The retreat will be held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in the heart of DC. It will allow you to step away from the lab for a day to network and participate in a career exploration session and, of course, to learn more about recent scientific developments in the institute.
This year’s speaker line-up is exciting! Dr. Eric Wieschaus of Princeton University, a Nobel Prize Winner, will open up the retreat with a morning keynote address. A few highlights for the events include two scientific perspectives by Drs. Lippincott-Schwartz and Marini of NICHD, and one of our most popular reasons to attend this year’s retreat is the chance to interact with professionals, who were once NICHD fellows, during the career round table session. The steering committee has invited representatives from academia, science writing, and government (FDA, US Patent and Trademark Office, and an NIH staff scientist). In line with our theme of “scientific careers and mentoring,” our afternoon keynote will be delivered by Dr. Sherri Bale, who co-founded GeneDx in 2000 after 16 years at the NIH.
Registration will go live on February 10th at firstname.lastname@example.org.. Don’t forget to sign up for this not-to-be-missed event! For more information, contact Yvette Pittman at
IARF Applications Available—Deadline February 28, 2014, 5 PM
The Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship (IARF) is a collaborative effort of the Office of AIDS Research, the Office of Intramural Training & Education, and the Office of Intramural Research, designed to further cross-disciplinary research into HIV and AIDS at the NIH. The aim of the program is to recruit graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all scientific disciplines to the broad field of AIDS research and to provide a grant-writing opportunity for intramural fellows whose work can be directly related to HIV and AIDS. The fellowship is open to all GPP students and postdoctoral fellows who are part of the intramural research program at NIH. There are no citizenship requirements. Awardees will be individuals who show outstanding scientific potential through both an imaginative and thoughtful research plan and a well thought out career development plan. You can read more about the program at IARF@mail.nih.gov.. Please direct questions to Drs. Phil Ryan and Shauna Clark at
For information about the application process and requirements, please download the call for applicants at
PRAT Fellowship Applications Available—Deadline March 7, 2014
The Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program is a competitive fellowship program providing up to three years of support for fellows conducting research within the NIH or FDA Intramural Research Programs. Fellows participate in an ongoing scientific seminar series tailored to the PRAT program, as well as receive additional training in a variety of career skills and mentoring.
Applicants should meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application.
- Possess a doctoral degree relevant to any biomedical research field and have less than 12 months postdoctoral research experience in the NIH or FDA intramural research program at time of application to the PRAT program.
- Have no more than five years total relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of application.
Research proposed by PRAT fellows encompasses a wide variety of emerging areas of science but a particular emphasis is placed on projects incorporating aspects of quantitative and systems pharmacology or computational biology. Additional information about eligibility, definition of research areas of emphasis, and the application process can be found at
Note: Because a PRAT scholar moves from a trainee to a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employee position, applicants for this grant do not qualify for the Fellows Intramural Grants Supplement (FIGS) at the time of application (the $250 award), but will be proposed for a $1000 FIGS award if their candidacy is successful.
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