NIH Visiting Program

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scientists

Programs for Postdoctoral fellowships and scientist’s research opportunities at NIH laboratories can be divided into two categories of Visiting Program participants: Visiting Fellows, who receive awards for research training, and Visiting Scientists who receive appointments to conduct research.

  1. Postdoctoral vising fellows training at NIH:The postdoctoral community at the NIH is large (approximately 4,000 strong) and vibrant. Trainees come from across the U.S. and around the world. Recent doctoral degree recipients can enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects. U.S. and non U.S. citizens can be appointed as “Visiting Fellows.” Click here for a list of currently available postdoctoral positions. There are additional resources on how to find an NIH mentor and finding your perfect postdoc experience. You can also contact NIH researchers directly.
  1. Visiting Scientist at NIH: Visiting Scientists are foreign national scientists appointed to full-time positions conducting biomedical research. They are considered NIH employees, receive a salary, and depending on the length of appointment, receive most of the benefits available to employees of the U.S. Government.  Potential applicants are encouraged to contact NIH investigators with whom they would like to work directly as no official calls for applicants are made.