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 Now Seeking Fellows: Science Communication Training and Awards Program

Three-minute Talks 2017 logoLearn how to explain your research, in three minutes or less, in a way that’s meaningful to a broad scientific audience.

Benefits of Participation

  • Professional training in speech development and presentation delivery
  • One-on-one coaching and feedback in a supportive environment
  • The opportunity to showcase your research for NICHD leaders and the public
  • The chance to win up to $1,000 for approved training or travel to a scientific meeting
  • For finalists: A professionally produced video of your talk for NICHD promotional efforts and your own use

"Participating in the NICHD Three-minute Talk Competition was electrifying. All the participants created dynamic talks to showcase their research; it was a thrill to be a part of this competition. The workshops helped me tailor my research into an engaging and relevant story, which I can now summon when talking with researchers at conferences, potential collaborators, and members of the general public. The one-on-one practice sessions strengthened my presentation delivery. In addition, the video clip of my talk is a remarkable tool to broadcast my research to the community. I encourage others wishing to energize people with their own research to participate in this competition."

—Dr. Kathryn Tabor, 2015 1st place winner (check out her winning video)

2017 Program Timeline and Details 

Fellows should be committed to participating in the full TmT Competition program, including the workshop trainings, NICHD TmT competition, and—if selected as finalists—the NIH TmT competition.

Friday, February 3

Deadline to Enter

To enter, email your completed submission form to, which includes the title of your talk and a brief description of your research (2–3 sentences max).

Up to 15 DIR fellows (predoctoral, postdoctoral, visiting, and clinical) will be invited to join the TmT Competition program. All 2016 finalists are also welcome to participate.

Submission form can be found at the Three-Minute Talks Webpage

February 6

“Speaking about Science” Workshop

Led by public speaking coach Scott Morgan. This workshop will offer tips on storytelling and delivery, speaking in plain language, and creating an effective visual aid.

March 10 and 22

Individual Coaching Sessions

You will have the opportunity to participate in a group coaching session with Scott Morgan and up to two one-on-one coaching sessions with NICHD communications staff. These practice sessions will provide you with additional help and feedback on speech development and delivery.

April 11

NICHD TmT Competition*

Of the NICHD’s 15 contestants, five finalists will advance to the next round, be awarded $500 for approved training or travel, and the opportunity to present their three-minute talks at the 13th Annual Fellows Retreat on May 1st.

June 29

NIH TmT competition*

Of all NIH finalists, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive an additional $500 training/travel support and the opportunity to have their talk professionally produced for video.

*Competition rules and judging criteria are available at Three-Minute Talks