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Postdoctoral Training at NHLBI

Research Training

Research Training in the NHLBI intramural program is designed to prepare recent Ph.D. or M.D. graduates for permanent careers in Academics, Government or Industry. There are over 60 different investigators at NHLBI, doing research that spans the entire spectrum from basic biochemistry and molecular, cellular, developmental and structural biology, to translational, to purely clinical aspects of research.  Areas of study include immunology, neuroscience, virology, and biological imaging. 

Research training is offered in all labs and branches of the Division of Intramural Research, and is also available in the NHLBI state-of-the-art core facilities devoted to proteomics, light microscopy, flow cytometry, bioinformatics and transgenic animal production and characterization. Clinical research training is available in the Cardiology Branch, Hematology Branch,and the Pulmonary and Vascular Medicine Branch and the Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.  A complete list of the branches and laboratories within DIR is available at A list of individual investigators with links to their recent publications is available at The DIR also supports state-of-the-art core facilities which are available to NHLBI fellows at no cost.  These facilities include microscopy, both light and electron, genomics, proteomics, and animal surgery and imaging.  More information on the cores is available on the Cores page.

You can apply directly in response to a particular opening on the web page at or you can register your interest in a future postdoctoral fellowship at NHLBI by filling out a simple form and attaching your curriculum vita at In addition, you may write to any NHLBI investigator directly expressing your interest in a position at NHLBI.

Senior fellows can apply for NIH grants that enable them to stay at NIH for an addition two years and then have 3 years of NIH funding when they move on into an academic or institutional environment. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents can apply for the NHLBI K22 grant, while all fellows with less than five years of postdoctoral experience can apply for NIH Transition to Independence (K99/R00) grants. Foreign post-doctoral fellows from underdeveloped countries can apply for a Global Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP) grant from NIH. This grant gives them three years of NIH funding to take back to an institution in their home country. Fellows must have secured a faculty position in their home country before applying for a GRIP grant. In addition, NHLBI fellows can apply for a Scientific Development Grant from the American Heart Association which works similarly to the K22 and K99 grants. NHLBI fellows have been very competitive for these grants as shown on the Success Stories page. 

Last modified: March 27, 2008

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