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Research Training

Training at NIEHS

As one of the largest research agencies dedicated to using environmental sciences to understand human disease and to improve human health, the NIEHS fosters scientific learning and discovery and provides learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Postdoctoral Fellowships — Postdoctoral research fellowships at the NIEHS may be funded for up to five years, and funding opportunities depend on the research area, citizenship, experience and previous training. Visa assistance is available for international applications. In 2007, the NIEHS was voted #7 on the list of "Best Places to Work for Postdocs" in the United States by an international survey of postdoctoral scientists. The NIEHS has been voted in the top ten of this ranking for four consecutive years.

NIEHS: Research Training

Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students ( — The Fellowships in Environmental Medicine for Medical Students is a one-year program that allows medical students to participate in laboratory, epidemiological or clinical research related to environmental health issues.

Summers of Discovery Program ( — The NIEHS established the Summers of Discovery Program to provide research internships for outstanding high school students, college students and faculty interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical and biological sciences.

Support Programs

  • NIEHS Trainees Assembly ( — The NIEHS Trainees Assembly (NTA) is a grassroots organization started by fellows and graduate students at the NIEHS in order to foster the professional development of its trainees.

  • Office of Fellows' Career Development ( — The Office of Fellows' Career Development (OFCD) provides NIEHS intramural predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows with information and professional skills to help them obtain training positions and excel in their scientific careers.

Training Grants from NIEHS ( — The NIEHS also supports predoctoral and postdoctoral training and career development opportunities at universities and other institutions across the United States. The NIEHS pays special attention to applications from investigators who are early in their careers, new to environmental health, or from states with comparably low numbers of NIH grants.

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