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Post Baccalaureate Programs

If you are seeking to deepen your research experience to strengthen your qualifications for graduate school applications or need a chance to help you choose between medical school or graduate school, then a post-baccalaureate research opportunity may be just what you are looking for.

Please NOTE that application deadlines and starting times vary for these programs.

The largest program, in terms of the number of available positions, is the NIH Intramural Research Training Award program. This program is well designed to give you research experience and also provides some preparation for applying to graduate school.  This program is not necessarily the best for a student who has very little research experience or who has struggled with their academics.

The National Institutes of Health IRTA Program


There is another NIH-funded mechanism that may be the most suited to students who need to strengthen their credentials prior to applying to graduate school. These are Postbaccalaureate Research Experience Programs (PREP). These are located in a number of universities (see link below). They pay a stipend and provide full time research experience in a lab with the goal of having you successfully be admitted to a Ph.D. program.

You can find all the currently funded PREP programs on this

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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Gap Year Scholar Program

This is a new opportunity that provides for 1.5 to 2 years of paid research experience. There are start dates of January or June-August, with application deadlines of September 30 & January 31.

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