Maryland Center for Undergraduate Rresearch at the University of Maryland

Post-Baccalaureate Research Opportunities

Most summer and semester undergraduate research programs are targeted towards students who are still currently-enrolled in a college or university program and have not yet graduated. One of the reasons for this restricted is that many SURPs at universities with graduate programs are trying to attract and identify potential applicants for graduate school. By the time a senior has graduated, they may have already applied and been accepted to graduate programs, leaving universities little incentive to accept graduating seniors into their SURPs.

However, there are a few research opportunities that extend eligibility to graduating seniors and recent graduates. These are often referred to as "post-baccalaureate" programs since they are targeted at students who have earned their undergraduate degree. Most (but not all) of these opportunities are in the sciences (particularly biomedical sciences and public health). A few of these programs are listed below. You may be able to find out about additional opportunities in your particular field by talking to your advisor or a faculty research mentor or searching for "fellowships" or "opportunities" on the website of the scholarly/professional association for your field of study.

Post-Baccalaureate Research Opportunities in Biological and Biological Sciences and Public Health

American Association of Medical Colleges, Database of Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs
Description: This database is administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges. A number of schools offer postbaccalaureate premedical programs to assist individuals to pursue a medical career after they have already received a Bachelor's degree. The purposes of these programs vary. Some are designed for persons wishing to change careers; these individuals have not yet completed the science courses required for medical school application. Other programs are designed for persons wishing to enhance an existing academic record; these students have taken the requisite courses, but need to improve their GPAs to increase the competitiveness of their medical school applications. Still other programs are specifically designed to assist persons from groups currently underrepresented in medicine or from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This searchable database enables you to search according to program type and other program characteristics, including by state and institution.
Eligibility: Variable
Fields: Variable (mainly Biological Sciences)
Funding: Variable
Deadline: Variable

Academically Prepared for EXcellence (APEX) Program, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morehouse University (Atlanta, GA)
Description: The 10-week Academically Prepared for EXcellence (APEX) Program, an expansion of the former M.D. Summer Program, identifies and recruits highly motivated, economically or educationally disadvantaged students who have a demonstrated potential and ability to pursue a career in medicine. The program is especially designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and may not have been successful on previous attempts to enter medical school. Students chosen to attend APEX participate in an intense MCAT preparation course, clinical shadowing experiences and attend classes in a demanding curriculum with the matriculating first-year medical students. In addition, a variety of workshops including Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Personalized Study Approaches, Professionalism and Interviewing Skills and Writing Your Personal Statement are included. An applicant's performance in APEX will receive serious consideration by the Admissions Committee when that applicant's file is under review. All APEX Program students will be considered for medical school interview upon receipt of their completed AMCAS and MSM applications.
Eligibility: Must have completed bachelor's degree by time of start of program and have taken MCAT at least once by time of application. Also need to have completed the academic requirements for medical school (see website for details). MCAT Test Scores (minimum score must be no less than 20).
Fields: Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: March 16. Applications open December 1.

Association of Public Health Laboratories Fellowship and Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program
Description:  The EID program , sponsored by APHL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives involving infectious disease research. The EID Advanced Laboratory Training Fellowship is a one-year program designed for bachelor’s or master’s level scientists, with emphasis on the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases. The Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program is currently on hiatus due to budget cuts. APHL plans to launch a revised public health laboratory fellowship program in 2016. Please check our website for updates in the fall of 2016.
Location: Throughout the U.S. at host laboratories
Field: Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Chemistry, Medical Technology, Public Health
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed their bachelor’s degree by the time the fellowship begins
Funding: The annual stipend (2009) is $32,039 for fellows with a bachelor’s degree. Fellows are also provided with comprehensive medical insurance, travel to the interviews, orientation, and host laboratory and a professional development allowance.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medical Research Summer Internship Program
Description: The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic has an exciting summer internship opportunity for highly motivated, academically oriented medical or undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine. Our environment of academic and clinical collaboration offers an unsurpassed experience for students that include: experiencing a state-of-the-art research environment, training in the art and science of conducting basic and clinical research, mentoring by renowned researchers at a world-class medical institution, and developing a solid foundation for a research or clinical track career in medicine. During this eight-week program, participants will: work alongside reproductive scientists and clinicians on interesting research projects in a real laboratory setting; interact with reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists, male infertility specialists and urologists and observe them in clinics or surgery; participate in the writing of research articles, systematic reviews and/ or invited book chapters in the field of reproductive endocrinology, assisted reproduction and/ or male & female infertility; and participate in daily lectures, research meetings, and group discussions. Additional information and application form available here.
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Fields: Science, Medicine; Biology or Health Sciences background preferred but not required. 
Eligibility: Undergraduates, recent graduates, medical students, early career doctors and residents are encouraged to apply. Applications are open to both US and foreign nationals.
Deadline: March 1
Funding: Participants in the internship program must pay a $5,500 course fee, $150 application fee, and $200 document fee (for foreign-based candidates).

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Description: The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.
Locations: Multiple DOE offices and research facilities across the United States.
Fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas.
Eligibility: U.S. citizenship and at least 16 years of age. Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of a U.S. accredited institute of higher education.
Funding: Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status). Stipends will be deposited to your bank account in accordance with the stipend schedule provided. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment. Travel reimbursement is also provided.
Deadline: December 15.

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP), Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Description: The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The MCHC/RISE-UP is a 10-week summer program that begins May 25, 2015. The program begins with Orientation for ALL scholars. Registration, health screening, and seminars will begin at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore MD on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26. Scholars then fly to Atlanta, GA to continue Orientation Week at the CDC. Following Orientation, the scholars at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore) and University of South Dakota sites will begin their MCHC/RISE-UP experience on June 1, 2015 and end on July 31, 2015. Students will choose two public health leadership expierences at one of the research sites in the areas of Clinical/Community, Community Engagement and Advocacy, and Research. From one of the following three MCHC/RISE-UP training sites, scholar selects the location that is closest to their permanent residence: the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; the University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD; and the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities/California State University, Los Angeles in CA.
Locations: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
Eligibility: Although applications are encouraged from students from underrepresented groups, all students wishing to work on issues of health disparity are encouraged to apply. Students must be rising juniors, juniors, and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or more. Recent graduates of baccalaureate programs may also apply if they have earned their degree within 12 months of the start of the orientation program. Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.
Fields: Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Neurology, Speech/Language, Special Education, Social Work, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and other related fields.
Funding: $3,500 stipend. Housing and travel expenses for out-of-state students.
Deadline: January 31

Ohio University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Description: Summer Scholars is a rigorous premedical program that has been opening doors for students from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1982. The program is designed to enhance preparation for admission to medical school by immersing participants in activities similar to what one would encounter during their first year at OU-HCOM. This includes a core curriculum of basic science courses taught by medical school faculty, study skills and time management workshops, clinical experiences and special presentations on cultural competency and research methods. In keeping with the educational culture at OU-HCOM, all activities are designed to emphasize case-based problem solving and small group teamwork.
Location: Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Fields: Science, Medicine
Eligibility: Selection is based on academic records and the appropriateness of the applicant’s scientific interests. Students should be interested in pursuing graduate education. Students about to begin their senior year of college studies are preferred, but promising juniors and recent graduates will be considered.
Funding: Participants are provided with room, board and a $600 stipend. Eight undergraduate credit hours in biology are also available tuition-free to all program participants. In addition those program participants who meet minimum requirements for admission to OU-COM, including having taken the MCAT, will be offered an opportunity to interview during the summer.
Deadline: March 1

The Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University
Description: The Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP) at the Sackler School offers 1 to 2 year research apprenticeships for recent graduates who are interested in pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences. The PREP is designed to increase the training possibilities for those currently under-represented in biomedical science research. Currently, these include, but are not limited to, African-Americans, Hispanics, Native-Americans, people with disabilities and members of groups that are economically or socially disadvantaged.
Eligibility: The PREP is funded by a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by the Sackler School and is designed to increase the training possibilities for those currently under-represented in biomedical science research as defined by the NIH. Currently, these include, but are not limited to African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, people with disabilities and members of groups that are economically or socially disadvantaged. In addition, applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents.
Fields: Biomedical Sciences.
Funding: Salary plus benefits.
Deadline: May 1

Postgraduate Research Program (NCTR), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
Description: This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and allows recent postgraduates (postdoctoral, predoctoral, and postbaccalaurate) an opportunity to initiate and conduct independent or collaborative research that complements projects at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). FDA website maintains a list of current research opportunities.
Eligibility: Because of the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories: Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) discipline; or
Have received such a degree within five years of the start date of the appointment; or
Currently serve as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university. Generally, participants are not required to hold U.S. citizenship. However, a few FDA offices may only appoint U.S. citizens due to the sensitive nature of the research performed.
Fields: STEM Disciplines.
Funding: Not Specified.
Deadline: Variable depending on research project.

Rutgers Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Description: Students participate in cutting edge research under the guidance of prominent faculty mentors
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Fields: Science, Math, Engineering
Eligibility: The program especially encourages applicants who are from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background, from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, a first generation college student, who do not have opportunities for intensive research at their home university, and those who have followed non-traditional paths to college. Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident. GPA of 3.0 or above. Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying (additional undergraduate credits obtained prior to enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement). Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a "Graduating Senior", if (1) the applicant has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the SULI term, and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the SULI term is less than one year. Community college students are eligible to apply.
Funding: Participants receive $500 stipend per week, free on-campus housing, and $500 travel reimbursement.
Deadline: October 7 (for Spring); January 10 (for Summer); March 17 (for Fall).

SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholars Program
Description: The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and macular degeneration. Under the guidance of one or more scientific mentors, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of not only laboratory skills but communication skills as well. Students participating in the program will develop writing skills via periodic reports throughout the internship and presentation skills via a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the Program. Paid positions are available at world-renowned research institutions throughout the country.
Eligibility: You currently must be enrolled or were recently enrolled at a university in the U.S. Only students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree or students who received their undergraduate degree during 2015 are eligible for the 2015 SRF Summer Scholars Program. Students currently enrolled in a masters, doctoral, or other postgraduate program are not eligible. Special circumstances, such as established exchange programs, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You must also be eligible to receive a stipend for your work.
Fields: Biological Sciences, Biomedical.
Funding: Participants receive stipend (details not specified).
Deadline: February 1

Summer Student Research Program, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Description: Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at the National Center for Toxicological Research. NCTR’s Summer Student Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Read the blog about this program titled "FDA invites students to sharpen their research skills." This 10-week summer program provides hands-on research and laboratory experience mentored by FDA scientists. Stipends are determined by the level of education.
Eligibility: Student in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university, or accepted as an entering graduate or professional student at an accredited college or university. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale). U.S. citizenship. At least 18 years of age at the time of application. Participants are required to provide proof of health insurance plan prior to beginning an appointment. Program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, handicap, or national origin.
Fields: Science and Mathematics
Deadline: February 19

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
Description: Are you an undergraduate science student, interested in scientific research and thinking about a career in Biomedical Research? You can get the experience you need to prepare for graduate school and a career in this expanding field by participating in one of our summer research programs. The SURF Programs are designed for sophomore and junior level students who are US residents. Students must be able to commit to a 10 week program to do a research internship. SURF students are matched with an appropriate faculty advisor, based on mutual research interest. The advisor and intern design a specific research project within the context of the research focus of the advisor's laboratory. We typically award fellowships to 150 undergrads each summer to do clinical, translational, or basic biomedical research. You can apply to any or all of the following programs.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students (attending any college or university) who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply. You must be enrolled full or part time in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate's degree. While Sophomores and Juniors are typically preferred, Freshmen and Seniors are also eligible. Seniors are only eligible if after their SURF experience, they a) will not graduate for at least one more semester b) plan to do at least one semester of post-baccalaureate study prior to entering graduate or medical school, or c) intend to take a year off afterward graduation to prepare for graduate or medical school. Sophomores and Juniors who are majoring in the sciences (e.g.: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, etc.) are preferred for summer fellowships in the College of Medicine. Previous research experience is beneficial because it makes you more competitive for a spot in a lab and it helps us know where to place you. In order to be competitive, students should have completed a year each in Biology and Chemistry. Completion of upper level science courses (e.g., Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology) is very helpful.
Fields: Biomedical Sciences. Sophomores and Juniors who are majoring in the sciences (e.g.: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, etc.) are preferred for summer fellowships in the College of Medicine.
Funding: Summer stipends vary by program and by method of payment (about $300-400 per week). If paid as a stipend, the full amount is usually paid at week 5. If paid as a salary, it is usually paid biweekly and payroll deductions apply. For more information about stipend and payroll, please contact your program coordinator. UC Housing has extended special pricing for all SURF students (GE, NEURO, CCHMC, MSTP and ASPET) who wish to live in UC Housing, including Stratford Heights Residence Complex.
Deadline: February (applications available November 1)

Yeshiva University (Bronx, NY), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Post baccalaureate Program
Description: Since 1997, Einstein has participated in the Associated Medical Schools of New York's post-baccalaureate program hosted by SUNY-Buffalo. Minority & disadvantaged applicants who do not get in to any medical school are nominated by Einstein. After completing a one-year program successfully, they are automatically admitted to Einstein. Since the program's inception, of 38 post-bacs nominated, 18 have become physicians and 18 are on their way, who would not otherwise have attended medical school. Of the ten participating medical schools, only Einstein has secured federal grants to support extra seats (10 of the 18 on their way).
Eligibility: Minority & disadvantaged students applying to medical school.
Fields: Biomedical Sciences

Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Description: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established a Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) that offers opportunities for underrepresented post baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. Individuals must have a specific intention to further pursue an advanced degree after training.
Eligibility: Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. have recently completed or will complete a bachelor's degree by the summer of selection,
  2. must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral or statistical research,
  3. have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale,
  4. and be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Fields: Biomedical, behavioral or statistical research
Funding: Trainees will receive a stipend that is prorated according to the time period the trainee is actually on-site. Stipends are based on student's academic classification beginning the next semester.
Deadline: January 15

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) Postbac IRTA/CRTA program
Description: The NIH Postbac IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.
Eligibility: The Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program is for college graduates who received their bachelor's degrees less than two years prior to the date they begin the program. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. In addition, they must intend to apply to graduate or professional school during their tenure in the program. The general expectation is that applicants will have received their bachelor's degrees from accredited colleges or universities in the U.S. U.S. citizens whose degrees are from other nations may apply for a waiver of this requirement. Permanent residents must have received their bachelor's degrees from accredited U.S. institutions to be eligible to participate.
Fields: Biological Sciences
Funding: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience.
Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year round.

NIH Technical IRTA Program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award in the National Cancer Institute)
Effective February 22, 2016, the NIH will no longer be accepting applications for its Technical IRTA Program. However, the eligibility criteria for the Postbaccalaureate IRTA program (see above) have been broadened. 
Description: The NIH Technical IRTA Program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award in the National Cancer Institute) is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support personnel. College graduates and individuals who hold a master's degree spend two years (possibly three) mastering the latest and most advanced techniques for basic and/or applied research working in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.
Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have graduated from an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a bachelor's or master's degree are eligible to apply to the Technical IRTA program.
Fields: Biological Sciences
Funding: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page. The cost of health insurance for the Technical IRTA/CRTA and his/her family is covered. In addition, each Technical IRTA is expected to complete two courses related to the training experience per year at a local academic institution and one practical BIO-TRAC External Link course offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences at the NIH every six months. The hiring Institute or Center will fund this training.
Deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year round.

National Institutes of Health Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships, Department of Bioethics
Description: The Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer a limited number of two-year post-doctoral and pre-doctoral (post-baccalaureate) fellowships (fellowship begins in September 2015). Our interdisciplinary department strives to create an academic environment where our fellows have the opportunity to learn many aspects of bioethics, as well as support to develop and implement an independent scholarship agenda, with guidance from faculty mentors. Fellows participate in the activities and the intellectual life of the department, and study ethical issues related to conduct of research, clinical practice, genetics, and health policy. Post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows participate in weekly bioethics seminars, case conferences, ethics consultations, and IRB deliberations, and have access to multiple educational opportunities at NIH. Fellows conduct mentored conceptual and empirical research related to the ethics of health policy, human subjects research, international research ethics, genetics, or other bioethical topics of interest. For a typical fellow, this research yields multiple first-authored publications in premier academic journals. Fellowships are two years in length and stipends are based on the applicant's previous experience and the current US government schedule. Past post-doctoral fellows have gone on to academic careers in philosophy, medicine, law, science, health policy, political science, and related departments; some are also active in legal practice, the medical field, and in government jobs. Past pre-doctoral fellows have attended top graduate programs in numerous fields including medicine, law, public health, health policy, psychology and sociology.
Eligibility: Interest in bioethics, previous experience not required. Completed or expected to complete undergraduate degree prior to start of fellowship. Planning to pursue MD, JD, PhD or related degree. Evidence of academic achievements and analytical thinking. Commitment to scholarship in bioethics.
Fields: Interdisciplinary; includes Biology, Biomedicine, Law, Public Health, Health Policy, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy.
Funding: Salary is commensurate with federal guidelines.
Deadline: January 15

The NIH Academy
Description: The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues. The NIH Academy trains future researchers and physician scientists to actively engage in promoting a society in which all people live healthy lives and have equal access to health care. Postbaccalaureates can choose between two different NIH Academy Programs 1) The NIH Academy Certificate Program and 2) The NIH Academy Fellows Program.
Eligibility: All Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardees (IRTAs) , Cancer Research Training Awardees (CRTAs) and Technical IRTA/CRTAs at the NIH are eligible to participate in the NIH Academy as are individuals who have accepted one of these positions. If you are not currently a Postbac IRTA but want to participate in the NIH Academy you should apply to both the NIH Postbac IRTA program and the NIH Academy. Please note that although you may apply to the program before you secure a postbac position, to participate you must have been offered and accepted a position by the start date of the program.
Fields: Biological Sciences
Funding: See NIH IRTA/CRTA programs.
Deadline: Rolling deadline.

See also NIH's Post-Bac Resources page

NIH Recent Graduates Program, Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates
Description: The NIH is seeking to recruit highly motivated and talented individuals to fill entry level positions. Whether you are a current student or recent graduate, you can find a career opportunity at NIH. The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the federal government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.
Eligibility: Must have completed, within the previous two* years, a qualifying degree or certificate from a qualifying institution. Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Your GPA cannot be rounded. U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident. Non-citizens may apply. Must be U.S. citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment.
Fields: Variable
Deadline: Variable

Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities in Other Science and Engineering Fields

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Description: The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.
Locations: Multiple DOE offices and research facilities across the United States.
Fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas.
Eligibility: U.S. citizenship and at least 16 years of age. Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of a U.S. accredited institute of higher education.
Funding: Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status). Stipends will be deposited to your bank account in accordance with the stipend schedule provided. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment. Travel reimbursement is also provided.
Deadline: December 15

Postgraduate Research Program (NCTR), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
Description: This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and allows recent postgraduates (postdoctoral, predoctoral, and postbaccalaurate) an opportunity to initiate and conduct independent or collaborative research that complements projects at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR). FDA website maintains a list of current research opportunities.
Eligibility: Because of the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories: Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) discipline; or
Have received such a degree within five years of the start date of the appointment; or
Currently serve as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university. Generally, participants are not required to hold U.S. citizenship. However, a few FDA offices may only appoint U.S. citizens due to the sensitive nature of the research performed.
Fields: STEM Disciplines.
Funding: Not Specified.
Deadline: Variable depending on research project.

Rutgers Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Description: Students participate in cutting edge research under the guidance of prominent faculty mentors
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Fields: Science, Math, Engineering
Eligibility: The program especially encourages applicants who are from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background, from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, a first generation college student, who do not have opportunities for intensive research at their home university, and those who have followed non-traditional paths to college.
Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident. GPA of 3.0 or above. Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying (additional undergraduate credits obtained prior to enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement). Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a "Graduating Senior", if (1) the applicant has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the SULI term, and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the SULI term is less than one year. Community college students are eligible to apply.
Funding: Participants receive $500 weekly stipend, free on-campus housing, and $500 travel reimbursement.
Deadline: October 7 (for Spring); January 10 (for Summer); March 17 (for Fall).

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internships
Description: The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. Participants work full-time (40 hours per week) for a period of 10 to 16 weeks.
Location: Edgewater, Maryland
Field: Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Estuarine Environmental Research within the disciplines of Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics; Physics; Environmental Education; Environmental Information Management
Eligibility: The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and beginning graduate students, or students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate or Master’s program. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.
Funding: Participants receive a stipend of $500 per week.

Summer Student Research Program, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Description: Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at the National Center for Toxicological Research. NCTR’s Summer Student Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Read the blog about this program titled "FDA invites students to sharpen their research skills." This 10-week summer program provides hands-on research and laboratory experience mentored by FDA scientists. Stipends are determined by the level of education.
Eligibility: Student in good standing at an accredited U.S. college or university, or accepted as an entering graduate or professional student at an accredited college or university. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (based on a 4.0 scale). U.S. citizenship. At least 18 years of age at the time of application. Participants are required to provide proof of health insurance plan prior to beginning an appointment. Program is open to all qualified U.S. citizens without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, handicap, or national origin.
Fields: Science and Mathematics
Deadline: Late February

Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities in Humanities, Social Sciences, or Public Policy

Anthropology Internship Program, American Museum of Natural History
Description: The Anthropology Internship Program offers academic credit, unpaid and paid internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in anthropology, museums or related fields. Anthropology interns work on projects relating to the collections or to the ongoing research interests of the curatorial staff in the museum or in the field. The department's collections and research are focused on North American, Mexican/Central American and South American archaeology and ethnology; Asian, African and Pacific ethnology; and Biological Anthropology. In addition, internships are awarded in collections management, archives and conservation. Applicants should be enrolled in or have recently graduated from an academic institution. Acceptance to the internship program is competitive. The number of interns accepted in any given session varies and is based on staff projects. Internships are limited to a maximum of two sessions of work.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Eligibility: Variable depending on department. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply.
Fields: Anthropology, Museum Studies, or related fields.
Funding: Variable.
Deadline: Summer session (July to September), submit January 1 - March 1; Fall session (September to December), submit June 4 - August 4; Spring session (February-May), submit October 1 - December 1.

Arms Control Association Research Internship
Description:  The Arms Control Association is looking for individuals to fill a limited number of intern positions. Interns are involved in many facets of ACA's work including: researching arms control and security issues for articles and fact sheets; assisting in preparing and editing ACA's monthly journal Arms Control Today; monitoring activity in the press and on Capitol Hill; and supporting the analysts in a variety of administrative tasks. Interns are encouraged to engage in substantive discussions with ACA analysts in order to gain a deeper understanding of the arms control field. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, although the program also considers applicants for part-time positions during the Fall and Spring terms.
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Field:  Arms Control, Peace, Security, Government, Politics
Eligibility:  The Association will consider qualified undergraduates, graduate students, and individuals no longer in school for internship positions; however, the internship program is best suited for undergraduates. Substantive experience is highly valued, but so too is a willingness to work hard and to learn.
Funding:  Interns are given a daily stipend for lunch and are reimbursed for commuting expenses. The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs, including the Arms Control Association, in Washington, D.C., on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months.

The Art Institute of Chicago Architecture and Design Research Internship
Description: Internships are offered by the Art Institute's many departments throughout the year and enable students to gain first-hand experience in their areas of interest or study. Interns, working under the guidance of curators or department heads, assist in routine departmental work that ranges from special projects and research to clerical support. Interns are undergraduate or graduate students or recent college graduates. A major in art history or fine art is not essential. Internships vary from department to department; a majority of internships are offered unpaid or for academic credit. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships. Hours vary and are flexible; however, a minimum of 14 hours per week is generally expected.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Funding: Unpaid

Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Research and Evaluation Intern—Exhibits
Description: The Children's Museum pursues an active research program to understand audience preferences, the effectiveness of exhibits and the success of various programs. We are especially interested in how families use the museum and benefit from their visit. Using highly focused visitor observations, interviews, and questionnaires, interns will collect and analyze data and report findings. Internship offered during the fall, spring, and summer.
Location: Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN Eligibility: There are a variety of internship opportunities available for undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates who are enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution. We will also accept applications from students who have graduated (up to two-years from receiving their degrees) from a college or university. Be available 20 hours per week over the course of the internship. Be available occasional evenings and/or weekends. Have at least a junior level undergraduate standing.
Fields: Majoring in Museum Studies, Education, Anthropology, Arts Administration, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Marketing, although other areas of study will be considered.
Funding: The internships offered by the museum are unpaid, but we do offer scholarships for eligible interns. All students who are selected as an intern (irrespective of their college status) are eligible to apply for scholarship. Also, paid fellowships are available for qualified students.
Deadlines: Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Semester: March 1; Fall Semester: July 1.

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Description: The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.
Locations: Multiple DOE offices and research facilities across the United States.
Fields: Engineering, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Information Technology, Physics, Business, Policy, Program Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Safety and Health, Accounting and Finance, Law, Communications and other related areas.
Eligibility: U.S. citizenship and at least 16 years of age. Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of a U.S. accredited institute of higher education.
Funding: Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status). Stipends will be deposited to your bank account in accordance with the stipend schedule provided. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment. Travel reimbursement is also provided.
Deadline: December 15

The Family Institute at Northwestern University Summer Research Internship Program
Description: An eight-week summer volunteer research program for advanced undergraduates interested in learning more about clinical research and intervention with families. The program requires about a 30-hour time commitment per week, with 25 of those hours devoted to a research assistantship on a study currently being conducted at The Family Institute. Interns attend about 5 hours of professional development activities as a group each week, including presentations by research faculty members, meetings with professionals in the field, discussions about the graduate school application process, and graduate student panels. The Family Institute also hosts an informal lunch for all of the interns each week. The other 25 hours each week are devoted to interns’ specific projects or labs. This may include lab meetings, individual work, and/or collaborative tasks. Interns will work mostly at The Family Institute; however, some work may be done from home or the library.
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Field: Clinical Research and Intervention, Psychology
Eligibility: Geared towards undergraduates but will also accept applicants interested in pursuing graduate study. The only specific qualification is to have completed at least your sophomore year in college. However, we are also looking for strong students who have an interest in and some experience with psychological research. Most of our interns have worked in a professor's lab or conducted independent study research projects before coming to The Family Institute at Northwestern University. For Summer 2014, we received 101 completed applications for 8 available positions.
Funding: Unpaid
Deadline: March 1

Institute for the Study of War
Research projects and opportunities vary. Please see the website for up-to-date information on this year's offerings.

Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP), Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD Description: The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health training to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The MCHC/RISE-UP is a 10-week summer program that begins May 25, 2015. The program begins with Orientation for ALL scholars. Registration, health screening, and seminars will begin at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore MD on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26. Scholars then fly to Atlanta, GA to continue Orientation Week at the CDC. Following Orientation, the scholars at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore) and University of South Dakota sites will begin their MCHC/RISE-UP experience on June 1, 2015 and end on July 31, 2015. Students will choose two public health leadership expierences at one of the research sites in the areas of Clinical/Community, Community Engagement and Advocacy, and Research. From one of the following three MCHC/RISE-UP training sites, scholar selects the location that is closest to their permanent residence: the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; the University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD; and the University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities/California State University, Los Angeles in CA.
Locations: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
Eligibility: Although applications are encouraged from students from underrepresented groups, all students wishing to work on issues of health disparity are encouraged to apply. Students must be rising juniors, juniors, and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or more. Recent graduates of baccalaureate programs may also apply if they have earned their degree within 12 months of the start of the orientation program. Open to U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.
Fields: Public Health, Nutrition, Psychology, Neurology, Speech/Language, Special Education, Social Work, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and other related fields.
Funding: $3,500 stipend. Housing and travel expenses for out-of-state students.
Deadline: January 31

Metropolitan Museum of Art Internships for College and Graduate Students
Description: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's administrative areas—curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Various internship programs include the MuSe paid internship program, unpaid internships in the main museum building, and The Cloisters Summer Internship for College Students (paid).
Eligibility: Current undergraduate and graduate students. Some opportunities open to recent college graduates.
Fields: Art History and other Humanities disciplines.
Funding: Some paid and some unpaid internships. MuSe Internships: undergraduate summer stipends are approximately $3,500. Six-month positions $12,500. Nine-month, $17,550. Twelve-month, $28,000. Cloisters summer internship: $3,150.
Deadline: January 23 for MuSe internships. Unpaid internships: April 10 for summer, June 12 for fall semester. Cloisters: January 8 for summer.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Internships
Description: Seasonal Internships
The Seasonal Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students and beginning professionals with practical experience in a specific area of museum work at The Museum of Modern Art. In addition to departmental work, each Tuesday interns participate in professional development activities designed to increase understanding of the Museum's various collections, exhibitions, and departments. The Museum hosts approximately 30 interns per season in just about every department. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school, but it is certainly not a requirement.
12-Month Internships Full-time, 12-Month internships with stipends are offered for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a museum career. The focused departmental training is integrated with the fall, spring, and summer lecture series and complemented with financial provisions for the interns to attend an international art event related to their field of interest. 12-Month internships provide training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member, familiarity with modern and contemporary art through seminars and discussions, and an educational program that exposes interns to the workings of the Museum as a whole and considers the role of museums in the broader cultural context. 12-Month interns will also be given the opportunity to develop and regularly deliver public gallery talks about the Museum's collection.
Location: Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Eligibility: Our Internship Program is open to: current students with at least two years of college completed at the time the specific internship begins, recent college graduates, graduate students, and beginning museum professionals. 12-month internships open to recent graduates of bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines to apply. You do not have to be a currently-enrolled student to apply for an internship. International students are also encouraged to apply.
Fields: Art History, Museum Studies, and related fields.
Funding: Twelve-month internships have a stipend of $22,000. Health benefits, two weeks paid vacation, and an additional $1,500 to cover travel expenses and registration fees for one approved professional conference are also included. Seasonal and summer internships have a stipend of $3,500.
Deadline: Summer internship deadline is February 13. 12-month internship deadline is June 22.

Princeton University Art Museum Summer Internships
Description: The Art Museum offers a nine-week summer internship program. Undergraduates work full-time, and graduate students generally work part-time, depending on funding restrictions from their schools (please contact your graduate school office to inquire about any regulations prior to submitting an application). Interns may work in one of the following departments: curatorial, education, development, information and technology, marketing, registrar, or publishing. Not all departments accept interns each summer, and interns are placed on the basis of their experience, academic training, and departmental needs. In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns participate in a two-day orientation program, weekly lunch discussions with Museum staff, and field trips to other arts organizations.
Location: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Eligibility: Undergraduate students from any two- or four-year college or university and graduate students who have completed their first year in a M.A. or Ph.D. program in art history, archaeology, or a related field are eligible to apply. Princeton University students are given priority for all positions.
Fields: Art History, Archaeology, or related fields.
Funding: Undergraduate students (and recent college graduates) are paid approximately $13 per hour.
Deadline: The 2015 application deadline has passed. 2016 information will be posted next winter.

Maryland Center for Undergrauate Research at the Uniersity of Maryland

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
Phone: 301-314-6786  |  Email: ugresearch@umd.edu
1201 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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