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National Institutes of Health externship and summer internship

The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research (NCI CCR), in collaboration with the Intramural Research Divisions of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is interested in providing a select number of pre-doctoral veterinary medical students the opportunity to participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research conducted by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. Veterinary medical student participation in summer research internships at the National Institutes of Health is coordinated through the NCI CCR Comparative Molecular Pathology Unit. This unique opportunity is offered for veterinary medical students to gain exposure to research while working at the government’s key institution combining both clinical and basic research.

Merial Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians

This award is open to graduate veterinarians who will soon complete or have recently completed a PhD program in the biomedical sciences, or who are in the final 1 to 2 years of residency training in the field of veterinary pathology, medicine, surgery, radiology/imaging, or laboratory animal medicine.

The recipient(s) of the Merial Veterinary Research Award will receive a $2,500 honorarium. The recipient(s) of the Merial Veterinary Research Award will be invited to present their research at the Merial NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

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Merial Veterinary Scholar Research Award for Vet Students

This award is open to veterinary students who participated in the summer scholar program, attended the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, presented their work in the form of a poster, and completed their proposed project work plan. The recipient of the Merial Veterinary Scholar Research Award will receive a $1,500 honorarium, a plaque to recognize the recipient, a travel stipend to return to the summer symposium to present their project, and recognition in the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium program.

For more information: Merial Veterinary Scholar Research Award Letter

NIH Clinical Research Training Program

The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) for Medical and Dental Students is a 12-month program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical and dental students to the intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Participants, known as Fellows, spend a year engaged in a mentored clinical or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals.

An individualized program is developed for Fellows, who attend clinics, see patients on the wards, and work with a principal investigator in our laboratories on selected clinical research projects. Fellows learn about translational research, that first step from the bench to the bedside and back to the bench; attend lectures on clinical research; and participate in an interactive, group learning experience with the members of the class and leading NIH physicians and scientists.

Fellows can remain at the NIH for a second year, depending on support of the sponsoring NIH institute, availability of funds, and permission from the student’s home institution.

The training program was established at NIH in 1997.  Since 1998 it has been supported jointly by the NIH and the Foundation for NIH through grants from Pfizer Inc as part of the company’s commitment to public-private partnerships.  In 2004, the program was expanded to accept 30 students a year thanks to support through the NIH Roadmap as part of its Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise initiative.

The Foundation for NIH was established by the United States Congress to support the mission of the National Institutes of Health - improving health through scientific discovery.  The Foundation identifies and develops opportunities for innovative public-private partnerships involving industry, academia, and the philanthropic community.  A non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, the Foundation raises private-sector funds for a broad portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance NIH priorities and activities.  The Foundation’s Web site address is

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