The NIH Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) allows participants to take advantage of the best of two worlds – the academic environment of a university and the breadth and depth of research at the NIH. The goal is to create a different kind of graduate experience, one that focuses on training the next generation of scientific leaders by emphasizing communication and collaboration skills, integration of information, and interdisciplinary investigation.
Prospective Ph.D. students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. The available programs are separated into two groups, depending on the location of the university: National University Partnerships and International University Partnerships. Current Ph.D. students must be US citizens, Permanent Residents, or Foreign Nationals wishing to perform part of all of their dissertation research at the NIH.
At the NIH, graduate students work in a highly collaborative research environment with leading scientists and clinicians. They share the NIH campus with the largest translational research hospital in the nation. They explore areas such as bioinformatics, biophysics, epidemiology, immunology, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience, health sciences, structural biology, sensory and communication neuroscience, molecular pathology, biobehavioral research, and developmental biology.
Number of awards and amount awarded varies with each partnership program.