Training Opportunities at the Neuro-Oncology Branch

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Mentoring the next generation of scientists and clinicians is a priority at the Neuro-Oncology Branch (NOB). The branch offers a variety of training opportunities, including summer internships, postbaccalaureate programs, a graduate partnership program, postdoctoral training programs, research fellowships, and clinical fellowships. Many NOB trainees go on to receive awards and recognition for their outstanding work. Read more about the available training programs below.

The Neuro-Oncology Fellowship is a joint program between the NOB in Bethesda, Maryland and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The goal is to prepare neurologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and neurosurgeons for research careers in neuro-oncology.

All candidates must be physicians who are either board-certified or board-eligible in their required respective specialties. They must also hold (or be able to hold) an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States. For more information and to apply, visit our Neuro-Oncology Fellowship page.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program in Neuro-Oncology emphasizes the important connection between research and patient care in neuro-oncology. Medical students who are accepted into the program will participate in inpatient and outpatient patient evaluation, learn about clinical research trial conduct, observe surgical procedures, attend clinical care and research conferences, and participate in weekly clinical and laboratory meetings. They will also participate in the workup, evaluation, and planning of treatment for patients they see.

Program objectives include:

  • Preparing trainees to deliver state-of-the-art diagnostic and consultative services in the field of neuro-oncology
  • Introducing trainees to research in neuro-oncology and inspiring them to pursue a lifelong career of academic inquiry

The electives program offers an opportunity to learn clinical research techniques, as well as participate in evaluating and treating patients with diseases of the central nervous system (CNS). Although laboratory research is closely coordinated with clinical activities in the NOB, students will not engage in laboratory investigations during this course.

To apply, visit the Clinical Electives Program: Neuro-Oncology website. For further questions, email

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Trainees accepted into one of the NIH summer internship programs and working in the NOB can participate in the branch's 10-week Translational Research Immersion Program (NOB-TRIP). This program is designed to immerse interns in the patient-centered research conducted within the NOB. Interns will have the opportunity to observe and engage with clinical and laboratory professionals that lead clinical, translational, and basic research. 

Training includes:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Weekly seminars with the NOB chief on research rigor and career planning
  • Cross-focus observational experiences
  • Integration of wellness
  • Mentoring in training and public speaking

Opportunities are available for high school, college, graduate students, and professional school students through the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research.

To apply, visit the SIP website. For further questions, email

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The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Program (Postbac IRTA/CRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH.

> Explore the Postbac IRTA/CRTA Program

The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct all or part of their dissertation research in the resource-rich NIH environment. Participants enjoy the academic environment of a university, the extensive research resources of the NIH, and the breadth and depth of the research programs of both the host university and the NIH Intramural Research Program.

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The Postdoctoral Training in the NIH Intramural Research Program provides those who have recently received a doctoral degree the opportunity to come to the NIH and complete up to five years of postdoctoral research. After reaching this five-year limit, individuals can spend up to an additional three years at the NIH as a research fellow—an appointment that makes them NIH employees.

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The NIH Clinical Center offers an extensive range of clinical research training to help prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. The innovative curriculum includes courses in pharmacology, principles and practice of clinical research, and bioethics.

Training programs include:

  • Summer internship program
  • Undergraduate scholarship program
  • Intramural research training program
  • Postdoctoral training program
  • Research fellowship
  • Clinical fellowship
  • Internships throughout the year

For more information or to apply, visit the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education. For further questions, email

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Updated: September 26, 2022