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, Hyo Won Ahn, at hyowon.ahn@nih.gov.


The Office of Intramural Research (OIR) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Independent Research Scholars (IRS) program:

The program supports recent doctorates and early-stage postdoctoral fellows who have a demonstrated commitment to diversity to transition to independent research positions. Eligible candidates can have no more than 4 years total postdoctoral training (and no more than 3 years of postdoctoral training at the NIH) as of January 1, 2024. Candidates must be US citizens or US permanent residents.

Applications are due March 1, 2024. After discussing with your PI/mentor, be sure to schedule a meeting with Drs. Walsh and Bohn if you are planning to apply (erin.walsh@nih.gov, megan.bohn@nih.gov). All applications must be reviewed by the IC scientific director. More information and application details can be found on the IRS program website. Address questions to Dr. Charles Dearolf, OIR Director of Program Development and Support (dearolfc@od.nih.gov).

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education encourages you to mentor a summer intern participating in this year’s Summer Internship Program (SIP).

The deadline to apply for a summer intern is April 1, 2024. If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Dr. Ulli Klenke (mentoraward@od.nih.gov).

How the Summer Internship Program works:

    • OITE selects interns at the high school, community college, four-year College/University, and graduate student (data science) levels. Most have limited research experience. They will be matched with a mentor and placed in their research group. OITE will provide funding for the intern’s salary.
    • The research group will be expected to provide research supplies, as needed, to successfully complete the project. 
    • The mentor will establish a project, assist the intern with the development of scientific and professional skills, and prepare them for presentations at an end-of-summer poster session.  

 Requirements to apply as a mentor: 

    • All postbacs, grad students, postdocs, fellows, staff scientists, and interested principal investigators on all NIH campuses are eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must plan on working on-campus at least four days per week during the summer.
    • Applicants must commit to be available and host a student for the full 9-week program from June to August.
    • Selected applicants will be required to participate either in a mentoring certificate program in the spring or attend a full-day mentor training in March/April. In-person attendance is expected (Zoom will be available if you are outside of the Bethesda area).

The Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) committee reports that, tentatively, abstract submission for this year will be open from Monday, February 12, to Thursday, March 14. Please be on the lookout, as advertisements for the FARE 2025 Awards will be going out soon.

The Fellows Safety Committee has several subcommittee chair positions and IC liaison (including NICHD) positions open. Please contact Anna SantaMaria (anna.santamaria@nih.gov) for more information and questions about these positions.

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) reports the following fellowship opportunities:

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. Applications are due by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 16, 2024.


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