Program Type Related Website Focus of Program

Research Training

NIH Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences BP-ENDURE (R25) RFA-NS-19-007

Support to institutions and partners to prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds for success in PhD programs in the neurosciences

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Awards (T34) MARC U-STAR 

Support to institutions to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for PhD programs

Research Education

Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)

Support to institutions for a summer bridge program, academic year activities, and a summer research experience for underrepresented undergraduate freshmen and sophomores in a STEM field.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program (T32)

Support to research-intensive institutions to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D., who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce*

Summer Research

Summer Internship Program at NIH 

Intramural program for individuals at many career stages to perform research at the NIH

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) RFA-HL-19-024

Support to institutions for undergraduate and health professional student research

Cancer Research Education Grants Program - Research Experiences (R25) PAR-18-478

Support to institutions to provide experiences for health professional students, undergraduates and graduate students

Summer Research Education Experience Programs (R25) PAR-19-197

Support to institutions to provide research experience for high school, undergraduate  and science teachers during the summer academic break

NIDDK Research Education Program Grants for Summer Research Experiences (R25) PAR-19-030 Support to institutions to provide summer research experience for undergraduates, graduate and health professional students and postdocs Resource of paid internships provided by the Institute for Broadening Participation

Undergraduate Scholarship

Scholarship to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with a requirement for NIH summer research and NIH employment after graduation


Post-Baccalaureate Programs


RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists*

Support to institute to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences for post baccalaureate individuals, from health disparity groups, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/veterinary/pharmacy) school with a career goal of becoming a doctorally-trained scientist or physician-scientist *

Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) 

Intramural program for summer, or 1-2 years of post-baccalaureate research at the NIH campus

NIH supports programs to develop the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce. Enhancing the participation of individuals from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds is a consideration in all NIH programs including research education (R), training (T), fellowship (F), and career development (K) award programs. In addition, it is an explicit consideration in diversity-related programs. The table above identifies most NIH research workforce programs by career level, with diversity-related programs indicated with highlight*.

  • Institutional programs (such as a T32 training grant): To participate, apply to an institution that has an NIH program. Identify awardee institutions through NIH RePORTer and contact the Principal Investigator for more information.
  • Individual programs (such as an F31 predoctoral fellowship): To participate, prepare an application to the NIH. Read the funding opportunity announcement and contact the NIH program official listed for more information.
  • Intramural programs that occur only at the NIH campus are included as they provide unique training opportunities that you should be aware of. See the websites for more information.

Many programs permit applications from individuals with specific educational backgrounds (such as PhD, MD, DVM, DDS, etc), and/or focus on particular health or disease missions. It is important to read the funding opportunity announcement carefully. Note that not every NIH Institute or Center offers every funding opportunity.

Users are advised to check the NIH Guide (search the Title Text to include diversity) for the most current list of programs, and the NIH Research Training and Career Development website for any updates.