Trainees appointed to the research training program must be preparing for a health-related research career and must commit full-time effort to research-related activities.
At the time of appointment, the trainee must meet one of the following citizenship requirements:
- be a United States citizen or non-citizen national
- possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 or other official verification of legal admission as a permanent resident of the United States
Predoctoral trainees must have received a baccalaureate degree by the beginning date of their appointment, must be training at the post-baccalaureate level, and must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD in science or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Health-professional students, graduate students in the quantitative sciences, or individuals in postgraduate clinical training who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs are also eligible.
Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a PhD, MD, DDS, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Research training at the postdoctoral level must emphasize specialized training to meet national research priorities in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences that are within the scientific purview of the National Institutes of Health awarding components participating in this research training program.