Rep Report logoAs the current NICHD Basic Sciences Institutes and Centers (IC) Representative, I represent NICHD postdoctoral fellows at the NIH Fellows Committee (FelCom) meeting every month and share the latest news with you here. Do you have a concern or question that you want brought up at the next meeting? Contact me, Dr. Hyo Won Ahn, at

The 2023 Independent Research Scholars (IRS) program is now accepting applications, due March 1.

  • The program supports early-stage postdoctoral fellows to transition to independent research positions.
  • Participants will be given independent resources for lab personnel and supplies and will have the benefit of mentoring to assist with scientific and career development.
  • Additional questions can be directed to Dr. Charles Dearolf, OIR Director of Program Development ( For more information and application details, please review the Sourcebook.

FARE2024 is coming up! Abstract submission occurs Feb 15 to March 15.

  • The Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) recognizes the outstanding scientific research performed by intramural postdoctoral fellows.
  • Winners of FARE awards will each receive a $1500 stipend to attend a scientific meeting at which they will present their abstract, either as a poster or an oral presentation.

The Health & Recreation Sub-Committee invites postdocs to join in an interactive virtual event, “Off the Clock,” featuring fun activities to help you get to know your NIH Postdoc colleagues. Grab your favorite post-work snack or beverage and join in this low-key opportunity to connect with others.

  • The first meetup is on February 2 at 5:30 p.m. EST (virtual). Registered attendees will receive a fun mocktail recipe to enjoy during the event! 
  • If you are interested, complete the following Google form to receive calendar invites and email reminders.

Check out these additional events and community-building opportunities:

  • Interested in Yoga? Visit the Bethesda Postdocs Slack #yoga channel for more information!
  • Weekly Running Group – The Running Group meets outside Building 50 (near the canopy and outdoor tables) on the main Bethesda NIH campus. Runs are usually at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and are organized via a separate Slack page. If you're interested, you can join here. All ability levels are welcome to join.  
  • Montgomery County, Maryland announces free recreation membership passes for county residents in 2023! The free pass provides access to fully-equipped exercise rooms, open gym activities, and game rooms at any Community Recreation Center during regularly scheduled hours.

The Service and Outreach Subcommittee invites you to a scheduled volunteer event at Manna Food Center on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

  • Volunteers will be sorting and packaging incoming food in their warehouse.
  • The subcommittee is seeking about 15 volunteers (all volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and pre-registered).
  • Email, if you are interested.

The Women Scientist Advisors Committee (WSA) will be hosting the WSA Scholar Symposium on April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The WSA Scholar Symposium highlights the outstanding scientific research performed by intramural women postdoctoral fellows and FARE award winners. More details to come.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

  • All NIH postdocs/fellows get NPA affiliate individual memberships for FREE! Join now!
  • There are 28,500 jobs on the NPA Career Center. Upload your resume/CV for FREE!
  • Introducing NPA SmartSkills: SmartSkills is a free, virtual course for postdocs who are members of the NPA. Monthly classes are taught by experts and focus on building skills critical to career and personal success.
    • Upcoming SmartSkills: Industry (February 28 at 3 p.m.)

Did you know…

…that there are several ways to stay informed on postdoc activities and events?